Incredibly, three out of the 100 NYTimes Notable Books of 2010 are written by Ephs:

ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis. By Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera. (Portfolio/Penguin, $32.95.) More than offering a backward look, this account of the disaster of 2008 helps explain today’s troubling headlines and might help predict tomorrow’s.

CLEOPATRA: A Life. By Stacy Schiff. (Little, Brown, $29.99.) It’s dizzying to contemplate the ancient thicket of personalities and propaganda Schiff penetrates to show the Macedonian-Egyptian queen in all her ambition, audacity and formidable intelligence.

FINISHING THE HAT: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) With Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes. By Stephen Sondheim. (Knopf, $39.95.) Sondheim’s analysis of his songs and those of others is both stinging and insightful.

Do any Ephblog readers have recommended favorites from the NYTimes list (or, for that matter, other great reads for the holiday season)?  I absolutely loved One Day by David Nicholls, and I am not generally one for romantic stories …  very cleverly constructed novel.  My favorite recent fiction book not featured on this list (and it was released in hardcover last year, but the paperback came out in 2010, so I’m counting it), was Lev Grossman’s The Magicians.  Sort of a Harry Potter for adults, but that description doesn’t do it justice.  A really fun, quick read that you can’t put down once you are five pages in.

Speaking of literary Ephs, English Professor Jim Shepard’s’ latest story, Boys Town, was featured in a recent New Yorker.  Shepard was also interviewed regarding this story here.  Also keep an eye out for Carrie Ryan ’00’s forthcoming The Dark and Hollow Places.

Updated with Carrie Ryan’s correct year.  Also, here is a link to a running list of books published by Ephs.   Finally, here is an article (subscribers only, alas) about Caragh O’Brien, author of Birthmarked, and who along with Ryan may be the first two members of the Eph Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Teen Novelist Mafia.

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