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Top Fiction Read in 2006

Our Top Fiction is based on the books that we READ this year. It is not limited to those that we reviewed or those published in 2006. This makes the list broader than the few books we were able to review this year and also keeps with our philosphy that a good book never goes out of style. does like to review the new books as they come out -- it is exciting to see what our favorite authors are up to and to discover new ones-- but we never want to pass up a good read, no matter when it was written!


  Mary Whipple:   Guy Savage:  

1) The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

2) One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson

3) A Woman in Jerusalem by A. B. Yehoshua

4) Amalgamation Polka by Stephen Wright

5) Theft by Peter Carey

6) Old Filth by Jane Gardam

7) Cripple Creek by James Sallis

8) Breakable You by Brian Morton

9 Golden Country by Jennifer Gilmore

10) The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud



1. The Club of Angels by Luis Fernando Verissimo

2. Old Filth by Jane Gardam

3. The Man Who Watched Trains Go By Georges Simenon (amazon )

4. Zazie in the Metro by Raymond Queneau (amazon )

5. Apathy and Other Small Victories by Paul Neilan (amazon )

6. All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville-West (amazon )

7. Author, Author by David Lodge

8. Love Burns by Edna Mazya

9. Death's Dark Abyss by Massimo Carlotto

10. Under Western Eyes: Collected Works by Joseph Conrad (amazon )

11. Troubles by J.G. Farrell

12. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Marie Remarque (amazon )

13. Nihilist Girl by Sofya Kovalevskaia (amazon )

14. Laughter in the Dark by Vladimir Nabokov (Amazon )

15. Cakes and Ale by W. Somerset Maugham (amazon )

16. The Captain and the Enemy by Graham Greene (amazon )

  Tony Ross:    

(in alphabetical order)

1) Billy Hazelnuts by Tony Millionaire

2) Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (amazon )

3) Down to the Dirt by Joel Hynes (amazon )

4) Good Women by Jane Stevenson (amazon )

5) House of Thieves by Kaui Hart Hemmings (amazon )

6) Restless by William Boyd

7) Smonk by Tom Frankling

8) U. S. ! by Chris Bachelder (amazon )

9) Wolf Boy by Evan Kuhlman

10) You'd Better Believe It by Bill James

  Eleanor Bukowsky:   Hagen Baye:  

1) Morning Spy, Evening Spy by Colin Mackinnon

2) Rumpole and the Reign of Terror by John Mortimer

3) Echo Park by Michael Connelly

4) The Dark Water by David Pirir (amazon )

5) Intuition by Allegra Goodman (amazon )

6) Piece of My Heart by Peter Robinson

7) Everyman by Philip Roth

8) Jane Austen in Scarsdale by Paula M. Cohen

9) Crippen by John Boyne

10) Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris


1) The Night Gardener by George Pelecanos

2) Dream Boogie by Peter Guralnick

3) Hit Parade by Lawrence Block

4) The Girl with the Long Green Heart by Lawrence Block

5) Strivers Row by Kevin Baker

6) Fear of the Dark by Walter Mosley

7) Highway 61 Resurfaced by Bill Fitzhugh

8) Otis! The Otis Redding Story by Scott Freeman (amazon )

9) Don't Ask by Donald Westlake

10) Snow White & Rose Red by Ed McBain

  Poornima Apte:   Leland Cheuk:  

1) The Echo Maker by Richard Powers

2) Imperial Life in Emerald City by Rajiv Chandraskekaran (amazon )

3) Death of a Writer by Michael Collins

4) The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

5) After This by Alice McDermott (amazon )

6) The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs and the Perverse Pleasure of Obituaries by Marilyn Johnson (amazon )



1) The Position by Meg Wolitzer (Leland says this book is better than The Corrections) (amazon )

2) A Disorder Peculiar to the Country by Ken Kalfus (Leland like its outrageous premise!)

3) Welcome to the Hard Times by E. L. Doctorow (His first novel is truly outstanding.)

4) Mission to America by Walter Kirn

5) War by Candlelight: Stories by Daniel Alarcon

  Pat Neuman:   Judi Clark:  

1) The Girls by Lori Lansens

2) The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

3) A Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael Dorris

5) Cloud Chamber by Michael Dorris

6) The Brothers K by David James Duncan

4) Memory of Running by Ron McLarty

7) The Ha-Ha by Dave King (amazon )

8) Rush Home Road by Lori Lansens

9) Lost in the Forest by Sue Miller (amazon )

10) Perfect Circle by Sean Stewart

11) The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

12) Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

13) Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl

14) Florence of Arabia by Christopher Buckley

15) Saturday by Ian McEwan

16) Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg


1) The Girls by Lori Lansens

2) Wolf Boy by Evan Khulman

3) The Secret Memoirs of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis by Ruth Francisco

4) Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

5) The Kindness of Strangers by Katrina Kittle

6) A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian by Marina Lewycka

7) Wolves Eat Dogs by Martin Cruz Smith

8) Eve Green by Susan Fletcher

9) Magic Street by Orson Scott Card

10) Ludmilla's Broken English by DBC Pierre

11) Lost and Found by Carolyn Parkhurst

12) Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson

  Jana L. Perskie:   Ann Wilkes:  

1) Summer Snow by Rebecca Pawel

2) Kushiel's Scion by Jacqueline Carey

3) The Secret Memoirs of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis by Ruth Francisco

3) Eve Green by Susan Fletcher

4) Havana Red by Leonardo Pedura

5) Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger

6) The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue

7) Leonardo's Swans by Karen Essex


1) Beloved by Toni Morrison

2) The Wind Done Gone by Alice Randall (amazon)

3) On Writing by Stephen King

4) Fear by Jeff Abbott

5) The Bonesetters Daughter by Amy Tan

6) Titan (The Grand Tour) by Ben Bova

7) Rainbow's End by Vernor Vinge

8) Red Lightening by John Varley (amazon )

9) Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (amazon )

  Chuck Barksdale:   Debbie Lee Wesselman:  

1) Marked Man by William Lashner

2) Echo Park by Michael Connelly

3) Back Spin by Harlan Coben (amazon )

4) North of Nowhere by Steve Hamilton

5) Free Fall by Robert Crais

6) King Suckerman by George Pelecanos


1) Amalgamation Polka by Stephen Wright

2) The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

3) The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich

4) The Ice Soldier by Paul Watkins

5) Cotton by Christopher Wilson

  Honorable Mentions:    

Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami

Cellophane by Marie Arana

The Sea by John Banville

City of Tiny Lights by Patrick Neate

Love and Other Impossible Pursuits by Ayelet Waldman

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

The Conjurer's Bird by Martin Davies

Tenderwire by Claire Kilroy


Slipping Into Darkness by Peter Blauner

Bad Debts by Peter Temple

Wolves of Memory by Bill James

Boot Tracks by Matthew F. Jones

Point of Entry by Peter Schecter

Carte Blanche by Carlo Lucarelli

Chourmo by Jean-Claude Izzo

Aftermath by Brian Shawver

  (List of All Books reviewed in 2006)      



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