The Star’s Top 100 Books of 2011
A year of magic and change
"This is the year when Borders went under, when e-books really took off, when a vacationing President Barack Obama picked up a three-in-one reprint of Missouri writer Daniel Woodrell’s earliest novels from the 1980s.
This is the year when protest erupted, when tablets became the rage, when vampires and zombies maintained their clutch on the pop-culture consciousness of a generation.
Yes, you can look at life in the bookish margins as a world of woe. Or you can see it for what it really is: a circus, a place of magic, a playground of invention, inspiration and collective introspection.
All of that and more is reflected within these pages. This is our annual roundup of the year’s best reading. These are the books — 100 novels, works of nonfiction, children’s titles and more — that made the most impression on our...