Most Anticipated Books?*

October 24, 2007 | 7
  • 10. Angstrom and Zuckerman Fistfight in Heaven, by John Updike, as told to Philip Roth

    “World-weary Lieutenant Nathan Zuckerman’s got one day left until retirement. But when the district commander pairs him with hot-headed rookie Rabbit Angstrom, s–t gets bananas..”

  • 9. Moms are Not Nice, by Christopher Hitchens

    “The next in this droll Englishman’s series of fearless attempts to speak truth to power. To be followed in 2009 by Your Furniture is Ugly.”

  • 8. War & Peace Redux: The Official Restored Director’s Cut (with Deleted Scenes and Commentary)

    “Finally, experience this great novel as the author intended it! 3,000 pages of previously unreleased material flesh out Prince Andrew’s sordid backstory, and introduce us to one of Tolstoy’s greatest creations, ‘Crazy Uncle Louie.'”

  • 7. Cookin’ with the Franz, by Jonathan Franzen

    “Learn how to cook, the Jonathan Franzen way!”

  • 6. Tammy O’Shanter and the Curse of the Missing Cowpoke, by Michael Chabon

    “Once again, the award-winning novelist puts his unique stamp on our favorite fictional genres: in this case, Horror, Western, and Leprechaun.”

  • 5. Bigger Than You and You are Not Me or Him and Her, by Miranda July

    “Envelope-pushing first novel.”

  • 4. How We Became You and What It May Mean, Someday, Someday, Never by Dave Eggers

    “Envelope-pushing story collection.”

  • 3. Ten Days Later in the Hills, by Jane Smiley

    “A group of chatty and libidinous zombies retreat to the Hollywood Hills for a week of stimulating politico-philosophical dialogue and sexual athleticism. That’s right: zombies.”

  • 2. A Perfectly Fine Generation, by Tom Brokaw

    “Just in time for Father’s Day, Brokaw brings Baby Boomers a much-needed reminder that, hey, they’re just fine.”

  • 1. Finite Jest, by David Foster Wallace

    “The expurgated version (180 pp).”

[*Editor’s Note: Not Actual Books]

is the author of City on Fire and A Field Guide to the North American Family. In 2017, he was named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists.


  1. Hmmm, I might be interested in A Perfectly Fine Generation, but I think I'll skip Finite Jest. I had the misfortune of reading the unexpurgated version and I will never understand the love for David Foster Wallace. I can't believe I stuck with it until the end. I'm still not sure what it all meant, although I did learn a little about aspiring tennis pros.

  2. well this made my day…

    the second best thing i've read all week behind the cormac mccarthy/coen brothers conversation…

    thank you.

  3. I think:
    . Cookin' with the Franz, by Jonathan Franzen
    "Learn how to cook, the Jonathan Franzen way!"

    is the best! I enjoyed this post. Thank you for a good laugh.

  4. I think you missed one: Johnny Got His Gun, Germs, and Steel by Jared Trumbo, the story of a quadriplegic soldier who lies in a military infirmary contemplating the thesis of geographically advantaged societies, i.e. that conquerors come from places that offer a variety of plants and animals suitable for domestication.

  5. daily facing the task of restarting infinite jest, i would be grateful for a finite version. and, esther, i think you'd enjoy that too, as DFW's short stories are quite handsome…

  6. You should send these to Abebooks for their "If you can't find it here, it doesn't exist" campaign (which includes 1985: Things Are Looking Up, by George Orwell and How to Succeed in Marriage, by Henry VIII).

    Good stuff.

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