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The Millions Top Ten: February 2009

By posted at 11:41 am on March 1, 2009 1

Time again for another installment of one of our newer features, The Millions Top Ten. Check out last month’s introduction for an explanation of how it works. The new list:

  Title On List
1. cover Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences 1 month
2. 1. cover 2666 2 months
3. 2. cover The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao 2 months
4. cover Olive Kitteridge 1 month
5. 3. cover Infinte Jest 2 months
6. cover Reborn: Journals and Notebooks, 1947-1963 1 month
7. 4. cover The Dud Avocado 2 months
8. (tie) 5. cover The White Boy Shuffle 2 months
8. (tie) 6. cover A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again 2 months
10. 8. cover The Tales of Beedle the Bard 2 months

Debuting on the list this month in the top spot is Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog, fueled by a huge amount of interest in Garth’s post diagramming one of the president’s sentences. With that post still quite popular, don’t be surprised if this quirky title stays on our list for quite some time.

Another debut is Susan Sontag’s Journals and Notebooks. This collection of writing from Sontag’s younger years was highlighted in a recent post by Anne that got some attention.

Also new on the list is Elizabeth Strout’s collection Olive Kitteridge, a National Book Critics Circle finalist and a Year in Reading pick from Manil Suri. Those two mentions were quite brief, however, and the recent interest in the book by Millions readers intrigues us. If you’ve read Kitteridge, let us know what you thought of it in the comments.

Finally, dropping off the list this month are The Savage Detectives, The Northern Clemency, and Netherland.

See Also: Last month’s list

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One Response to “The Millions Top Ten: February 2009”

  1. Anonymous
    at 7:36 pm on March 1, 2009


    Olive Kitteridge was featured on NPR's "You Must Read This" series –

    S and I heard the NPR piece in the car on winter vacation – we were intrigued enough that we intend to seek out this title.

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