PW has already named its Best Books 0f 2011, but since readers rarely get to see the faces behind the scenes, we thought we’d let our staff share the best book they read in 2011, because deep down, we’re all just book nerds. Here are our staff picks.
A few of the books on this list are the ones you’ve been seeing on all those lists of best books released in 2011 (e.g., Jeffrey Eugenides’s The Marriage Plot, Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder). But most of them are not because this list isn’t limited to books published this year. In fact, I’ll bet there are a lot of titles on this list that, like me, you’ve never heard of.