For immediate release | December 10, 2010

Booklist announces prestigious 2010 Top of the List selections

CHICAGO - Booklist magazine, the review journal of the American Library Association, has announced its Top of the List winners for 2010. The eight winning titles were chosen from the annual Editors’ Choice selections as the best books and media of 2010.
“What do the editors look for when they’re selecting their top picks? Writing that will last, approaches that are new or edgy, artistic innovation, and creative use of accessible new formats,” says Booklist Editor and Publisher Bill Ott. “If you examine our 2010 selections, you’ll see those qualities reflected in all our choices, from Rebecca Skloot’s 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (winner for adult nonfiction),' which tells the remarkable and previously untold story of a woman who gave the world ‘the first immortal human cells’; through R. A. Spratt’s 'The Adventures of Nanny Piggins' (winner for youth fiction), which reinvents a common theme in children’s literature with great verve and sly humor; to the Oxford Dictionaries Online (winner for reference source), which establishes a model of accessibility, retrieval and interactivity to which all future online dictionaries will be compared.”
The 2010 Booklist Top of the List winners are:
· Adult Fiction - "A Visit from the Goon Squad," by Jennifer Egan (Knopf)
· Adult Nonfiction - "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," by Rebecca Skloot (Crown)
· Youth Fiction - "The Adventures of Nanny Piggins," by R. A. Spratt (Little, Brown)
· Youth Nonfiction - "They Called Themselves the K.K.K: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group," by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (Houghton)
· Youth Picture Book - "Nini Lost and Found," by Anita Lobel (Knopf)
· Video - "Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People" (Agee)
· Audio - "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest," by Stieg Larsson; read by Simon Vance (Books on Tape)
· Reference Source - Oxford Dictionaries Online (Oxford)
The Top of the List picks are featured in the special combined Jan. 1 and 15 issue of Booklist, which includes the complete annotated Editors’ Choice lists for adult books, adult books for young adults, books for youth, reference sources and media. The winners—including the longer Editors’ Choice list from which the Top of the List titles are selected—are also announced on Booklist Online at, where subscribers to the database can read the original full-length Booklist reviews of the selected titles.
Individual copies of the Booklist Editors’ Choice issue may be purchased for $9 (prepaid) by writing to Booklist Back Issues, 50. E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611.
Booklist is the book review magazine of the American Library Association, considered an essential collection development and readers’ advisory tool by thousands of librarians for more than 100 years. Booklist Online includes more than 130,000 reviews as well as a free Web site offering the latest news and views on books and media.


Mary Frances Wilkens