Names 10 Best Books of 2000

By Salon Staff
December 19, 2000 3:59AM (UTC)
main article image (Nasdaq: SALN), a leading Internet media company, today announced the winners of the Fifth Annual Salon Book Awards. Chosen by Salon's book staff, headed by New York editorial director, Laura Miller, the award honors the 10 most outstanding books published in the U.S. in 2000.

The winners are:
"White Teeth" by Zadie Smith (Random House)
"The Name of the World" by Denis Johnson (HarperCollins)
"Lying Awake" by Mark Salzman (Knopf)
"Abe" by Richard Slotkin (Holt)"
"Being Dead" by Jim Crace (Farrar Straus Giroux)


"The Blood Runs Like a River Through My Dreams" by Nasdijj (Houghton Mifflin)
"An American Story" by Debra Dickerson (Pantheon)
"Pontius Pilate" by Ann Wroe (Random House)
"The Boxer Rebellion" by Diana Preston (Walker & Co.)
"The Social Lives of Dogs" by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas (Simon & Schuster)

"Our list is decidedly personal," says Miller. "We've chosen our favorite books of the year, regardless of how much publicity they've gotten or how many copies sold. The 10 books we chose aren't necessarily the most critically acclaimed, or by the most widely revered authors, and you won't find many bestsellers among them, either. But we loved them, we couldn't put them down, we rifled through their pages like a thief through a jewel box, knowing that we'd found treasure."

Previous winners include "Infinite Jest" by David Foster Wallace, "The Family Markowitz" by Allegra Goodman, "The Professor and the Madman" by Simon Winchester, "Cold Mountain" by Charles Frazier and "Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer.


Miller is the editor of the recently published "The Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors," an opinionated and irreverent look at more than 200 of the most fascinating writers of our time. The collection features author profiles, reviews and recommended reading lists penned by an international cast of critics and reviewers.

About Salon: Founded in 1995, is a leading Internet media company that produces 10 award-winning, original content sites; maintains Salon Shop, an e-commerce gateway; and hosts two communities -- Table Talk and The WELL. In May 2000, Salon acquired, the pioneering Web site offering quality spoken word and audio literature recordings. In October, 2000, launched Salon Audio, a site offering 24-hour music programming, daily downloads and streaming audio from Salon's favorite columnists, as well as hundreds of downloadable versions of short stories, poems and interviews in MP3 and Real Audio formats. Over 530 companies have advertised on including IBM, Lexus, Microsoft, EDS, Hewlett-Packard, Mastercard, AskJeeves, Virgin Megastore Online, Kimberly Clark, and Intel. In December 1999, announced a content and equity agreement with Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation and NBC. Strategic distribution partners include America Online (AOL),, and CNet as well as wireless innovator AvantGo. The site had 2.6 million unique visitors in September 2000 as audited by ABC Interactive, a subsidiary of the Audit Bureau of Circulations.


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