The Austin American-Statesman’s Best Books of 2008

by Jeff Abbott on December 28, 2008

Each year my hometown paper, the Austin American-Statesman, asks local writers to list their favorite books of the year. It’s always an interesting mix. Here’s this year’s list. For the third year in a row, I pick a nonfiction book: Misha Glenny’s McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld

This is always a dangerous list for me to read: now there are several more books I want to jump into, although my to-be read pile already has its own gravitational force. I wish I had two or three weeks to do nothing but read. . .

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    Ann Victor December 28, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    Interesting to see South African writer J.M. Coetzee made the list! (although he now lives in Australia)

    Jeff Abbott December 29, 2008 at 9:12 am

    Coetzee got his doctorate here in Austin; he’s pretty well known here.

    Kristan December 29, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    I don’t know why, but I’ve never been drawn to nonfiction… I mean, I can read it and enjoy it, but I don’t CRAVE it the way I crave fiction.
    (Pardon the aside!)
    Anyway, what an interesting list. I’ve seen a few of these titles before, which of course makes me want to read them even more. Like you said, dangerous!

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