Fiona enumerates her favourites

Here are my five favourite books of 2010, listed in order of preference because value judgments are fun.

1. Wilson by Daniel Clowes

Its curmudgeon title-character's complaints are cathartic. Its composition (of single page gag strips which build a narrative) is pure comics. Its familiar Clowes colour scheme comforts. Content, style, composition—every element of Wilson is just right. And that's why it's number one in my books.

2. Just Kids by Patti Smith

I wrote about my love of Just Kids back in November. Quickly again: Just Kids is Patti Smith's memoir about her creative and personal relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe and 70's New York and the beginnings of her music career and... it's awesome.

3. Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace by David Lipsky

David Foster Wallace should be attributed co-authorship of this book. Lipsky does some introducing but the better bulk of this book is built of direct transcriptions of interviews with DFW completed during the 1996 Infinite Jest book tour. A gift for Foster Wallace fans.

4. The Native Trees of Canada by Leanne Shapton

The Native Trees is a collection of lushly painted interpretations of leaves from native trees of Canada. The book is a reproduction of the workbook that Shapton completed these paintings in (same dimensions, same order, watermarks and all). This book is remarkable in itself but what pushes it in my top five is that it introduced me to the rest of Shapton's work, particularly her Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry (2009) which blew my mind.

5. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

Consensus rules! There's good reason for the hype around this book.

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