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Thursday, December 4, 2008 12:07 pm
Does One Publisher Dominate the NYT Top 10? Knopf on Your Life
Posted by: Keir Graff

I’m not the only one who noticed that the New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2008 is a little Knopf-heavy:

Fiction

Dangerous Laughter, by Steven Millhauser (Knopf)
A Mercy, by Toni Morrison (Knopf)
Netherland, by Joseph O’Neill (Pantheon)
2666, by Roberto Bolano (FSG)
Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri (Knopf)

Nonfiction

The Dark Side, by Jane Mayer (Doubleday)
The Forever War, by Dexter Filkins (Knopf)
Nothing to Be Frightened Of, by Julian Barnes (Knopf)
This Republic of Suffering, by Drew Gilpin Faust (Knopf)
The World Is What It Is, by Patrick French (Knopf)

That’s, let’s see . . . let me check my math . . . wow, seven! As Galleycat further observes:

—eight if you count Netherland, the Joseph P. O’Neill novel that came from the house’s Pantheon imprint.

(Even kookier: Now that Knopf has taken over the Doubleday imprint as a result of the restructuring of Random House, they technically “own” a ninth book on the list: Jane Mayer‘s The Dark Side.)

Publishers Lunch also noted the phenomenon–but who could miss it?


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