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Friday, December 04, 2009

What Not to Read

Every year about this time, the “best of 2009” lists appear compiled by everyone from Publishers' Weekly to Erin Collazo Miller, a contributor to has a new twist on the phenomenon – the most disappointing books of the year. Here they are:

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

South of Broad by Pat Conroy

Nobody Move by Denis Johnson

1942 by Robert Conroy

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

. . . And What to Read

Obviously it is a matter of opinion, since The Lost Symbol was no. 1 on’s list of customer favorites. Miller does offer alternatives to her list of disappointments. Here’s what she preferred and recommended:

The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo

Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell

The Man With the Iron Heart by Harry Turtledove

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

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