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What To Read Awards: The Salon Book Critics' Poll

From Amy ("Gone Girl") through Zadie (Smith), the best book critics rank the year's finest fiction and nonfiction


David Daley
December 23, 2012 9:00PM (UTC)

We live in a golden age of top-10 lists -- that is, if you really like drowning in year-end rankings.

That's where the first annual What To Read Awards come in. We wanted to bring some clarity to the barrage of bests. After all, top-10 lists should be a chance for readers to get a sense of what was really important over the last year. That's what Laura Miller does every week with her What To Read column, by selecting the one must-read book that she can really recommend as worthy of your attention.

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And that's the goal of these awards. We surveyed almost 20 of our favorite critics, both print and online, veterans and newcomers. We aggregated their top-10s to generate a consensus of what the smartest critics see as the most essential titles of the year. The results are below.





David Daley

David Daley, a former editor of Salon, is the author of the national bestseller "Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn't Count" and the forthcoming “Unrigged: How Americans Fought Back, Slayed the Gerrymander and Reinvented Democracy.” He is a senior fellow at FairVote.

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