The “Best of” lists get a revision in The Boston Globe this week, with a collection of one editor’s picks for best books of the decade.
Nicole Lamy sings the praises of works ranging from Dave Eggers’ Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (was it really nine years ago when it came out?) to Jhumpa Lahiri’s acclaimed story collection The Interpreter of Maladies.
The Globe’s picks are all notable works, with a tendency toward the canonical and the establishment. My own choices might lean more toward the alternative, the surreal, the less media-hyped–like Rebecca Brown’s odd, excellent story collection The End of Youth or Han Ong’s dark emigrant novel, The Disinherited.
What makes a novel or nonfiction book the best of the decade? Tell us your picks in the comment section below.