The New York Times has posted its list of the 100 notable books of the year and the critics have listed their favorites. Not many surprises here (it’s 100 books!) The critics all chose different books for their personal favorites, so no dual endorsements. Michiko Kakutani‘s list includes Joshua Foer’s Moonwalking with Einstein, David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King, Joan Didion’s Blue Nights and Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding.
Janet Maslin apparently has an interest in presidential assassinations, naming Candice Millard’s biography of President James Garfield, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President and Del Quentin Wilber’s Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan.
Dwight Garner names Alfred Kazin’s Journals, the diaries of, um, an American literary critic, and John Jeremiah Sullivan’s essay collection Pulphead among his favorites.