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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads From what year?


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Supposedly, all time. Actually, a better title for this list would probably be "The New York Times Editors' Favorite Non-Fiction Books," though. From the article linked above:

"Dispensing with all pretense to rigor — it’s a list, silly! — we simply asked each member of the staff to pick their five favorites.

[...]

Of the 33 lists submitted, each of those books appeared three times. (Yes, I know that is a completely unscientific basis for deeming them our picks as the best of all time, but what did I say about rigor?)

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Two members of the staff saw fit to pick six titles (they’ve been reprimanded), one identified the author of “On Photography” as Susan Sarandon (she has been ridiculed), and one expressed dislike of the term “nonfiction” (that poor soul will be reading the Lives slush pile for a week).

The nuttiest choice, which has surely never before appeared on any list like this, not The Guardian’s nor anyone else’s, is: “Transit Maps of the World” by Mark Ovenden and Mike Ashworth.

Can you guess what department that person works in?

Oh, and the Bible got one mention."

Need one say more?


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Lis Why's the bible on a nonfiction list?


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Lizzy wrote: "Why's the bible on a nonfiction list?"

That's an issue you'll have to take up with the editors of the NYT who created the list ... :)


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) A bunch of books had crept onto this list that aren't also on the original list published by the NYT. I've removed them.


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