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A chronological guide to our monthly selections (plus all the runners-up).



January 2010

Winner: My Life in France, by Julia Child and Alex Prud’homme

This Is Where I Leave You, by Jonathan Tropper

Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann

My Father’s Tears and Other Stories, by John Updike


February 2010

Winner: The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin

The Plain Truth, by Jodi Picoult

On Beauty, by Zadie Smith

Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiquro


March 2010

Winner: Truth & Beauty: A Friendship, by Ann Patchett

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon

A Good Fall: Stories, by Ha Jin

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee


April 2010

Winner: A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway

An Education, by Lynn Barber

The Believers, by Zoe Heller

Some Things That Meant the World to Me, by Joshua Mohr


May 2010

Winner: House Rules, by Jodi Picoult

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, by Michael Pollan

The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing, by Melissa Bank

Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage, by Elizabeth Gilbert


June 2010

Winner: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford

Nine Stories, by J.D. Salinger

The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver

The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath


July 2010

Winner: Await Your Reply, by Dan Chaon

South of Broad, by Pat Conroy

Jackdaws, by Ken Follett

Guernica, by Dave Boling


August 2010

Winner: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender

Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay

The Big Love, by Sarah Dunn

The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, by Syrie James


September 2010

Winner: 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement, by Jane Ziegelman

Super Sad True Love Story, by Gary Shteyngart

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, by Rhoda Janzen

The Big Love, by Sarah Dunn


October 2010

Winner: When You Reach Me,  by Rebecca Stead
A Natural History of the Senses, by Diane Ackerman

Juliet, Naked, by Nick Hornby

I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President, by Josh Lieb


November 2010

Winner: The Postmistress,  by Sarah Blake
Kapitoil, by Teddy Wayne

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson

Long for This World, by Sonya Chung


December 2010

Winner: I Capture the Castle,  by Dodie Smith
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

The Best of Everything, by Rona Jaffe

Strength in What Remains, by Tracy Kidder


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