as we here at the Inside Flap are so obsessed with lists, it is fitting to sum up the whole of the year 2008 in a single, simple fashion. with that end in mind, we now present to you our 25 bestselling books of 2008:
- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
- Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
"Beautiful, sparse and unforgettable."
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
"The shock and viscera presented in The Road is made all the more striking when contrasted with the quiet desperation and deep bond between a man and his young son facing the end of the world. Fear and love are rarely presented in tandem with such class."
- Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
- Armageddon in Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut
"These short stories blur and break the line between fiction and memoir, between criticism and submission to human barbarism."
- Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
"Beautifully written. Stunningly so, considering the circumstances of its writing."
- Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
- Gathering by Anne Enright
- Lamb by Christopher Moore
"The funniest book you'll ever read."
- Chicago Way by Michael Harvey
- No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July
"Miranda July's interpretation of everyday situations culminate in these grand stories of most appropriate misunderstandings. Through her art of romanticizing the ridiculous she has brought the reader close to the page and left them thinking about chlorine smells and swimming lessons for days."
- Girl on the Fridge by Etgar Keret
"Keret is a master of everyday language, yet his plots are always fresh, brilliant, wild and inventive. His characters go crashing through life, facing love, facing death, facing confusion, and often getting lost in the most wonderful and unimaginable blunders."
- City of Thieves by David Benioff
"Delivering a buddy story that is really about great acts of humanity during times of evil, this novel is the true definition of 'unputdownable'."
- Best American Short Stories 2008 Edited by Salman Rushdie
- Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
"This tightly woven novel sings with a clear & beautiful voice, it deserves to be heard by all."
- This I Believe by Jay Allison
- Milwaukee’s Brady Street Neighborhood by Frank D Alioto
- Goodnight Bush: A Parody by Gan Golan & Erich Origen
- Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
- Art of Living by Epictetus
"This book saved my life, and brought me back to the bookstore."
- The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria
- Milwaukee at Mid-Century by Lyle Oberwise
- Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
"When opportunism knocks, Klien is there to knock some sense into us - and, in a perfect world, into the filthy lucre mongers."
- Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft & Design by Faythe Levine
"This book is invaluable in its presentation of some of the hardest working crafters in the nation. Faythe is our own renaissance lady; co-owner of Paper Boat, organizer of the righteous Art vs. Craft, and overall champion and supporter of all things indy creative."
- Nixonland by Rick Perlstein
there you have it, folks.
tune in next year for our followup segment.