The Best Books, CDs, Comics, DVDs and Video Games of 2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008


American Wife, By Curtis Sittenfeld (Random House, $26)

Ask for a Convertible, By Danit Brown (Pantheon, $22.95)

Bang Crunch, By Neil Smith (Vintage, $13.95)

A Case of Exploding Mangoes, By Mohammed Hanif (Knopf, $24)

The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts, By Tom Farley Jr. and Tanner Colby (Viking, $26.95)

A Country Called Home, By Kim Barnes (Knopf, $23.95)

The Crowd Sounds Happy: A Story of Love, Madness, and Baseball, By Nicholas Dawidoff (Pantheon, $24.95)

The Deportees, By Roddy Doyle (Viking, $24.95)

Dogface, By Jeff Garigliano (MacAdam/Cage, $23)

Dumbfounded: Big Money. Big Hair. Big Problems. Or Why Having It All Isn't for Sissies, By Matt Rothschild (Crown, $23.95)

Enlightenment for Idiots, By Anne Cushman (Shaye Areheart, $24)

Epilogue: A Memoir, By Anne Roiphe (HarperCollins, $24.95)

Finding Nouf, By Zoë Ferraris (Houghton Mifflin, $24)

Gossip of the Starlings, By Nina de Gramont (Algonquin, $22.95)

Knockemstiff, By Donald Ray Pollock (Doubleday, $22.95)

The Learners, By Chip Kidd (Scribner, $26)

Letter to My Daughter, By Maya Angelou (Random House, $25)

Life Class, By Pat Barker (Doubleday, $23.95)

Lush Life, By Richard Price (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26)

McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld, By Misha Glenny (Knopf, $27.95)

My Revolutions, By Hari Kunzru (Dutton, $25.95)

The Outlander, By Gil Adamson (Ecco, $25.95)

The Soul Thief, By Charles Baxter (Pantheon, $20)

The Spanish Game, By Charles Cumming (St. Martin's, $24.95)

Telex From Cuba, By Rachel Kushner (Scribner, $25)

Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking the Way We Treat Animals, By Karen Dawn (Harper, $19.95)

What Happened to Anna K., By Irina Reyn (Simon & Schuster, $24)

What Was Lost, By Catherine O'Flynn (Henry Holt, $14)

The White Tiger, By Aravind Adiga (Free Press, $24)


@#%&*! Smilers, Aimee Mann (SuperEgo, $16.98)

808s & Heartbreak, Kanye West (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam, $13.98)

Accelerate, R.E.M. (Warner Bros., $18.98)

All Rebel Rockers, Michael Franti & Spearhead (Anti-, $16.99)

Berlin: Live at St. Ann's Warehouse, Lou Reed (Matador, $14.98)

Caught in the Trees, Damien Jurado (Secretly Canadian, $14.98)

Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (Anti-, $17.98)

District Line, Bob Mould (Anti-, $17.98)

Evil Urges, My Morning Jacket (ATO, $13.98)

Fate, Dr. Dog (Park the Van, $15.98)

Fearless, Taylor Swift (Big Machine, $18.98)

The Golden Age, American Music Club (Merge, $15.98)

Love Behind the Melody, Raheem DeVaughn (Jive, $16.97)

Moment of Forever, Willie Nelson (Lost Highway, $13.98)

Narrow Stairs, Death Cab for Cutie (Atlantic, $18.98)

¡Nueva York!, Dan Zanes and Friends (Festival Five, $16.98)

Paper Trail ,T.I. (Grand Hustle/Atlantic, $18.98)

Santogold, Santogold (Downtown/Lizard King, $15.49)

Stay Positive, The Hold Steady (Vagrant, $13.98)

Sunshine Lies, Matthew Sweet (Shout! Factory, $15.98)

Thriller 25, Michael Jackson (Sony/Epic/Legacy, $19.98)

Two Men With the Blues, Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis (Blue Note, $18.98)

Waco Express: Live & Kickin' at Schuba's Tavern, Waco Brothers (Bloodshot, $14.98)

West Texas Wine, Dave Insley (Dave Insley, $12.99)


The Alcoholic, By Jonathan Ames and Dean Haspiel (Vertigo/DC Comics, $19.99)

Bottomless Belly Button, By Dash Shaw (Fantagraphics, $29.99)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season Eight, Volume Two: No Future for You, By Brian K. Vaughan, Georges Jeanty and Joss Whedon (Dark Horse, $15.95)

The Complete K Chronicles, By Keith Knight (Dark Horse, $24.95)

Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes, By Geoff Johns and Gary Frank (DC Comics, $24.99)

Y: The Last Man #60, By Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra (Vertigo/DC Comics, $4.99)


4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Not rated (Weinstein, $24.95)

30 Rock: Season 2, Not rated (Universal, $39.98)

The Big Lebowski (10th Anniversary Edition), Rated R (Universal, $19.98)

Control, Rated R (Weinstein, $28.95)

The Darjeeling Limited Rated R (20th Century Fox, $29.99)

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Rated PG-13 (Miramax, $29.99)

Flight of the Red Balloon, Not rated (IFC, $24.95)

Iron Man (Ultimate 2-Disc Edition), Rated PG-13 (Paramount, $39.99)

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, Rated PG-13 (New Line, $19.98)

Lost Highway, Rated R (Universal, $19.98)

No Country for Old Men, Rated R (Miramax, $29.99)

The Office: Season 4, Not rated (Universal, $49.98)

Persepolis, Rated PG-13 (Sony, $29.95)

Spaced: The Complete Series, Not rated (BBC Warner, $59.98)

There Will Be Blood (Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition), Rated R (Paramount, $34.99)

Trafic, Not rated (Criterion, $39.95)


Burnout Paradise PlayStation 3, Xbox 360; Rated Everyone 10+ (Electronic Arts, $29.99)

Civilization Revolution PlayStation 3, Xbox 360; Rated Everyone 10+ (2K Games, $39.99)

Defend Your Castle Wii; Rated Everyone (XGen Studios, $5)

Fallout 3 PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360; Rated Mature (Bethesda Softworks, $49.99-$59.99)

Grand Theft Auto IV PlayStation 3, Xbox 360; Rated Mature (Rockstar, $59.99)

LittleBigPlanet PlayStation 3 Rated Everyone (Sony, $59.99)

Mario Kart Wii Wii; Rated Everyone (Nintendo, $49.99)

Okami Wii; Rated Teen (Capcom, $39.99)

Patapon PlayStation Portable; Rated Everyone (Sony, $19.99)

Rez HD Xbox 360; Rated Everyone (Microsoft/

Q Entertainment, $10)

Rock Band 2 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360; Rated Teen (Electronic Arts, $59.99)

Spore Mac, PC; Rated Everyone 10+ (Electronic Arts/Maxis, $49.99)

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Wii; Rated Teen (Nintendo, $49.99)

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360; Rated Mature (Ubisoft, $19.99-$39.99)

Top Spin 3 Multiple platforms; Rated Everyone (2K Sports, $19.99-$49.99)

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