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Listeners’ Picks for Best Books 2011

You’ve heard from our experts: now, it’s your turn. Here’s a list of top picks from callers and web site commenters:

On Facebook, Inez Steele suggested “The Cat’s Table,” by Michael Ondaatje, and Darryl Daniel said his favorite this year was Nile Rodgers’ autobiography, “Le Freak.” Dawn Opstad said “The Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbach gave her “hope in an otherwise disillusioning baseball season.”

On our air, Robbie from Lexington, Kentucky told us about  Nikky Finney’s new poetry collection, “Head Off & Split.” Josh from Boston put in a  vote for “A Dance With Dragons,” George R.R. Martin’s latest in the “Song of Ice and Fire” series.

San Francisco’s Diamond Dave suggested “Moby Duck” by Donovan Hohn, and Carol in Lake Placid New York spoke up for “The Sense of an Ending” by Julian Barnes.

Back on the website, Kathy from Sudbury called “The Leftovers” by Tom Perrotta “funny, witty, apt and very thought-provoking.” And Boston fan said he “loved the Steve Jobs biography,” (probably “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson).

Adam from Lindenville, Vermont called in to rave about “Damned,” by Chuck Palhniuk, which he called “a cross between Dante’s Inferno and Judy Blume.” And Harry from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania lamented that Terry Pratchett didn’t have a bigger following in the U.S. (His latest Discworld novel is “Snuff“) Our guest Laura Miller didn’t quite buy it, saying that America is full of Pratchett-lovers!

Alfred from Providence, Rhode Island put in a word for Neal Stephenson’s “Reamde.”

And Tom Ashbrook, when pressed by a listener for his own favorite of the year, nominated “Townie: A Memoir,” by Andre Dubus III.

Let us know more of your favorites!

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