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Your 2011 reading list



Make some room on your shelves, because 2011 is bringing all kinds of literary goodies. These 10 books are at the top of our list.

Getting out of “The Office”: Generally, we have no patience for books written by actors, but we think the very smart and funny Mindy Kaling, of “The Office,” will have something interesting to say in her collection of comedic essays, due in the fall.

New David Foster Wallace: When he died in 2008, David Foster Wallace left behind an incomplete manuscript for “The Pale King,” which nominally is about the daily lives of IRS workers. But it’s really about the way humans deal with being human, and we can’t wait to hear what Wallace had to say. The book is expected to hit shelves April 15.

The definition of deadpan: Comedian Demetri Martin is funny in any medium. “This Is a Book,” a collection of essays, doodles and more, will be out in April.

He wrote the book of love: Between 1923-75, Vladimir Nabokov wrote nearly 300 love letters to his wife Vera, and this year son Dmitri Nabokov will be publishing them. Vera’s half of the correspondence, however, will be kept private.

No easy road: Tom Waits’ songs are already pretty literary, so it’s no stretch to imagine him as a poet. “Hard Ground,” expected in March, is a meditation on homelessness and features photography by Michael O’Brien.

The brothers Foer: His brother Franklin is the former editor of The New Republic and his other brother Jonathan Safran is a well-known novelist, but Joshua Foer is no slouch, either. The freelance journalist explores the science of memory in “Moonwalking With Einstein,” due in March.

They were never “just for kids”: “The Comics: An Illustrated History of Comic Strip Art” features work by legends including Walt Kelly, Winsor McCay and others. This book promises to be a beautiful addition to any bookshelf. Out April 5.

Tina Fey!: Tina Fey, comedy’s reigning queen, tells all in “Bossypants.” It probably won’t be that salacious, but it will be funny. In stores in April. 

The Force is strong with this one: With “Wishful Drinking,” Carrie Fisher proved she could write artfully and entertainingly about her checkered past. She’s back this June with a follow-up, “Shockaholic.”

Slaughter-house 6: “While Mortals Sleep: Unpublished Short Fiction,” by Kurt Vonnegut, is just what it says. And who can say no to more Kurt Vonnegut? Look for it later this month.


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