The best books of 2006.

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THE LIST OF BEST BOOKS LISTS

In which we hope to mitigate the arbitrary nature of year-end "best books" lists by bringing the results together into one big arbitrary list.

NT Times Los TOTAL Book Angeles CITATIONS Review Times NY Magazine THE LOOMING TOWER | 12 X X X LAWRENCE WRIGHT EXCELLENT THE EMPEROR'S CHILDREN | 10 X X X CLAIRE MESSUD EXCELLENT THE ROAD | CORMAC 10 X X MCCARTHY EXCELLENT THE LAY OF THE LAND | 9 X RICHARD FORD GOOD SUITE FRANCAISE | IRENE 8 X NEMIROVSKY EXCELLENT/ CLASSIC THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA | 7 X X MICHAEL POLLAN EXCELLENT ALL AUNT HAGAR'S CHILDREN | 7 X EDWARD P. JONES EXCELLENT FUN HOME | ALISON BECHDEL 7 X X GOOD/EXCELLENT FIASCO | THOMAS E. RICKS 7 EXCELLENT SPECIAL TOPICS IN CALAMITY 6 X X X PHYSICS | MARISHA PESSL GOOD/EXCELLENT STATE OF DENIAL | BOB 6 X X WOODWARD EVERYMAN | PHILIP ROTH 5 X GOOD/EXCELLENT AT CANAAN'S EDGE | TAYLOR 5 X X BRANCH EXCELLENT THE ECHO MAKER | RICHARD 4 X POWERS GOOD/EXCELLENT IMPERIAL LIFE IN THE 4 X EMERALD CITY | RAJIV CHANDRASEKARAN EXCELLENT THE LOST | DANIEL MENDELSOHN 4 X EXCELLENT THE ONE PERCENT DOCTRINE | 4 X RON SUSKIND EXCELLENT THE WORST HARD TIME | 4 X TIMOTHY EGAN EXCELLENT THE VIEW FROM CASTLE ROCK | 4 X ALICE MUNRO GOOD/EXCELLENT THE GOD DELUSION | RICHARD 4 DAWKINS GOOD ONE GOOD TURN | KATE 4 ATKINSON GOOD ABSURDISTAN | GARY 3 X SHTEYNGART GOOD MAYFLOWER | NATHANIEL 3 X PHILBRICK GOOD/EXCELLENT TALK TALK | T.C. BOYLE 3 X GOOD/EXCELLENT TWILIGHT OF THE 3 X SUPERHEROES | DEBORAH EISENBERG GOOD/EXCELLENT A GODLY HERO | MICHAEL KAZIN 3 X GOOD/EXCELLENT ANDREW CARNEGIE | DAVID 3 X NASAW GOOD/EXCELLENT THE SHAKESPEARE WARS | RON 3 X ROSENBAUM GOOD WALT DISNEY | NEAL GABLER 3 X GOOD/EXCELLENT HEAT | BILL BUFORD EXCELLENT 3 AFTER THIS | ALICE MCDERMOTT 3 GOOD/EXCELLENT MELLON | DAVID CANNADINE 3 DISTRICT AND CIRCLE | SEAMUS 3 HEANEY EXCELLENT ARTHUR AND GEORGE | JULIAN 3 BARNES EXCELLENT THE ARCHITECTURE OF HAPPINESS | ALAIN DE BOTTON 3 GOOD/EXCELLENT THE DISCOMFORT ZONE | 3 JONATHAN FRANZEN GOOD THE INHERITANCE OF LOSS | 3 KIRAN DESAI EXCELLENT BLACK SWAN GREEN | DAVID 3 MITCHELL EXCELLENT THE MISSION SONG | JOHN LE 3 CARRE GOOD THE NIGHT WATCH | SARAH 3 WATERS EXCELLENT Washington Slate.com Post Economist.com NPR THE LOOMING TOWER | X X X LAWRENCE WRIGHT EXCELLENT THE EMPEROR'S CHILDREN | X X CLAIRE MESSUD EXCELLENT THE ROAD | CORMAC X MCCARTHY EXCELLENT THE LAY OF THE LAND | X RICHARD FORD GOOD SUITE FRANCAISE | IRENE X NEMIROVSKY EXCELLENT/ CLASSIC THE OMNIVORE'S...

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