Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 5, 2011

Best Books of 2010 With Editors & Agents

Here is the complete and final tabulation of the very best of the “best of 2010” lists. Publisher’s Market Place compiled the list below from 30 sources.  I thought this list was interesting since it lists the editors and agents involved in the book. 
 
Notice:  None of the books are children’s books, until you get to the UK list and Isabel Wilkerson is the only author without an agent.
 
The Best of the Best of 2010: Fiction
 
1. Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen (17)
Editor: Jonathan Galassi at Farrar, Straus (Lorin Stein assisted in the editing)
Agent: Susan Golomb at Susan Golomb Agency
2. Room, Emma Donoghue (13)
Editor: Judy Clain at Little Brown
Agent (US): Kathleen Anderson at Anderson Literary Management
3. A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan (11)
Editor: Jordan Pavlin at Knopf
Agent: Amanda Urban at ICM
4. Super Sad True Love Story, Gary Shteyngart (10)
Editors: Acquired by Dan Menaker and David Ebershoff at Random House; edited by Ebershoff
Agent: Denise Shannon at Denise Shannon Literary Agency
5. Faithful Place, Tana French (8)
Editor: Kendra Harpster at Viking
Agent: Emma White at Darley Anderson
6. Skippy Dies by Paul Murray (7)
Editor: Mitzi Angel at Faber
Agent: Natasha Fairweather at AP Watt
7. Parrot and Olivier in America, Peter Carey (6)
Editor: Sonny Mehta at Knopf
Agent (US): Amanda Urban at ICM
8.  The Imperfectionists, by Tom Rachman (6)
Editor: Susan Kamil for Dial
Agent: Susan Golomb at Susan Golomb Agency
9.   Matterhorn, by Karl Marlantes (6)
Editor: Acquired by Morgan Entrekin and edited by Jofie Ferrari-Adler at Grove/Atlantic (previously acquired by co-publishers Kit Duane         and Tom Farber at El Leon Literary Arts)
Agent: Sloan Harris at ICM
10. To the End of the Land, by David Grossman (5)
Editor: Deb Garrison at Knopf
Agent: Deborah Harris at Deborah Harris Agency
11.  The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell (5)
Editor: David Ebershoff at Random House
Agent (US): Douglas Stewart at Sterling Lord Literistic
 
 
The Best of the Best of 2010: Nonfiction
 
1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot (16)
Editor: Acquired by Caroline Sincerbeaux, edited by Rachel Klayman at Crown
Agent: Simon Lipskar at Writers House
2. The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson (15)  
Editor: Kate Medina at Random House
3. The Big Short, Michael Lewis (11)
Editor: Star Lawrence at Norton
Agent: Al Zuckerman at Writers House
4.  Just Kids, Patti Smith (11)
Editor: Dan Halpern at Ecco
Agent: Betsy Lerner (sold in 2000, when she was at The Gernert Agency)
5. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, by Siddhartha Mukherjee (10)
Edit or: Nan Graham at Scribner
Agent: Sarah Chalfant of The Wylie Agency
6. Cleopatra: A Life, Stacy Schiff (10)
Editor: Michael Pietsch at Little, Brown
Agent: Eric Simonoff, when he was at Janklow & Nesbit
7. Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand (8)
Editors: Acquired by Jonathan Karp, edited by Jennifer Hershey at Random House
Agent: Tina Bennett at Janklow & Nesbit
8. The Possessed, Elif Batuman (8)
Editor: Lorin Stein at Farrar, Straus
Agent: Elyse Cheney at Elyse Cheney Agency
9. Let’s Take the Long Way Home, by Gail Caldwell (6)
Editor: Kate Medina at Random House
Agent: Lane Zachary at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth
10. Life, by Keith Richards (5)
Editor: Michael Pietsch at Little, Brown
Agent: Ed Victor at Ed Victor
 
 
Thought I would add this list from the UK, since it does include some Young Adult books.
 
Nielsen BookScan UK’s Top 50 Books of 2010
 
The Guardian has downloadable spreadsheets of the top 100 books of the year in the UK, along with the top 100 books since Nielsen BookScan started collecting UK point-of-sale data in 1998.
 
 
Here are the top 50 UK books of last year and sales
 
 
1    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo    Stieg Larsson    1,156,530
2    The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest    Stieg Larsson    995,845
3    The Girl Who Played with Fire    Stieg Larsson    957,063
4    Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals    Jamie Oliver    874,546
5    The Lost Symbol    Dan Brown    672,950
6    Eclipse    Stephenie Meyer    511,093
7    Twilight    Stephenie Meyer    483,266
8    The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner    Stephenie Meyer    474,796
9    New Moon    Stephenie Meyer    471,199
10    Guinness World Records 2011        421,372
11    One Day    David Nicholls    419,773
12    The Help    Kathryn Stockett    414,304
13    The Lovely Bones    Alice Sebold    339,364
14    Picture Perfect    Jodi Picoult    336,369
15    Breaking Dawn    Stephenie Meyer    318,420
16    Eat, Pray, Love    Elizabeth Gilbert    316,083
17    Kitchen    Nigella Lawson    312,846
18    Twenties Girl    Sophie Kinsella    308,596
19    Wolf Hall    Hilary Mantel    302,522
20    The Return Journey    Maeve Binchy    295,046
21    61 Hours    Lee Child    284,872
22    The Fry Chronicles    Stephen Fry    273,379
23    I, Alex Cross    James Patterson    272,233
24    Play Dead    Harlan Coben    271,916
25    Sister    Rosamund Lupton    269,724
26    A Week in December    Sebastian Faulks    268,618
27    A Journey    Tony Blair    261,858
28    The White Queen    Philippa Gregory    255,873
29    Her Fearful Symmetry    Audrey Niffenegger    255,035
30    Stolen    Lesley Pearse    253,385
31    Hard Girls    Martina Cole    249,110
32    Gone Tomorrow    Lee Child    245,859
33    The Snowman    Jo Nesbo    240,773
34    Life and Laughing    Michael McIntyre    235,987
35    Breaking Dawn    Stephenie Meyer    231,506
36    The Scarpetta Factor    Patricia Cornwell    228,079
37    206 Bones    Kathy Reichs     212,309
38    8th Confession    James Patterson    211,769
39    The Devil Rides Out    Paul O’Grady    210,796
40    A Simples Life    “Aleksandr Orlov”     208,536
41    The Best of Times    Penny Vincenzi    207,355
42    The Awakening + The Struggle    L.J. Smith    203,440
43    The Complaints    Ian Rankin    199,589
44    The Gruffalo    Julia Donaldson    199,052
45    What You See Is What You Get    Alan Sugar    194,379
46    Fear the Worst    Linwood Barclay    192,224
47    Genesis    Karin Slaughter    192,158
48    Swimsuit    James Patterson    191,509
49    Alone in Berlin    Hans Fallada    189,638
50    Jamie Does    Jamie Oliver    181,495 
 
 
You might wonder what the (#) stands for after the book on the first two list; that is the number of different lists the book showed up on from the 30 lists used to come up with their final list.  Hope you found this interesting,

Talk tomorrow,
Kathy

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