Names Best Books of 2000

Lists include a diverse selection of literature, taking readers from Brooklyn to Japan, and include personal accounts by Stephen King, Mary Karr, Martin Amis, and Dave Eggers.'s editors have announced their picks for the best books published in 2000 with three "Best Of" lists, highlighting books in hardcover and paperback fiction and biography and memoir, culled from the more than 500 books reviewed on the website this year.

The hardcover fiction list includes books by long-acclaimed authors Philip Roth and Margaret Atwood, the young British writer Zadie Smith, and the Brit everyone knows, J.K. Rowling. National Book Award nominee The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter also made the list, as did the quiet wonder Lying Awake by Mark Salzman.

The paperback list showcases a diverse selection of literature, taking readers from Japan, with Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami and A Gesture Life by Chang-rae Lee --- to China, with Ha Jin's award-winning novel Waiting --- to Brooklyn, with the sophisticated detective novel Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem. The list also explores the range of modern life in America, from Generation X-er Melissa Bank's The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing, to Andre Dubus's tragic take on the American dream in House of Sand and Fog, to Lynda Barry's illustrated novel Cruddy.

The editors' choices in biography and memoir, as well as scholarly works about famous figures in history and literature, including Ho Chi Minh, Dolly Wilde, Saul Bellow, and W.E.B. DuBois.

"Selecting these lists is always a challenge, but we were pleased to find so many books that caught our attention this year and spotlight the real standouts," said Carol Fitzgerald, co-founder and president of The Book Report Network, producer of's Top 10 Hardcover Fiction Books of 2000:
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay by Michael Chabon
Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Fay by Larry Brown
The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
The Human Stain by Philip Roth
Lying Awake by Mark Salzman
A Trip to the Stars by Nicholas Christopher
White Teeth by Zadie Smith's Top 10 Paperback Fiction Books of 2000:
Cruddy by Lynda Barry
A Gesture Life by Chang-rae Lee
Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland
The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
Love in a Dead Language by Lee Siegel
Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Waiting by Ha Jin
White Oleander by Janet Fitch's Top 10 Books in 2000 in Biography and Memoir:
Bellow: A Biography by James Atlas
Cherry by Mary Karr
Experience by Martin Amis
Georgiana: Dutchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
Ho Chi Minh by William J. Duiker
On Writing by Stephen King
Passionate Minds: Women Rewriting the World by Claudia Roth Pierpont
Truly Wilde: The Unsettling Story of Dolly Wilde by Joan Schenkar
W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century by David Levering Lewis's Best of 2000 is available in full at the website.