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Best of 2010 -- A look back at the year in books

These fiction and nonfiction works resonated with our reviewers.

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By Stephen Lowman
Friday, December 10, 2010; 3:28 PM

Jan. 12

Peter Biskind's biography of Warren Beatty arrives in stores with the extraordinary claim that the actor has slept with 12,775 women. Oh, and Biskind says that figure doesn't include "daytime quickies, drive-bys, casual gropings, stolen kisses and so on."

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Jan. 17

Erich Segal, who broke the hearts of millions of readers with his novel "Love Story," dies at the age of 72. Published in 1970, the tale about the doomed romance between Oliver Barrett IV and Jennifer Cavilleri became one of the bestselling books of the decade.

Jan. 27

J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of "The Catcher in the Rye," dies at his home in New Hampshire at the age of 91. In the book's teenage protagonist, Holden Caulfield, Salinger created one of the most enduring characters in American fiction.

March 9

In his memoir "Courage and Consequence," Karl Rove reveals few new details about his time in the White House but does write frankly about his childhood, his parents' divorce and his mother's suicide. "Could Dad have been gay?" he asks. "Frankly, I don't care. He was my father, with whom I had a wonderful relationship and whom I loved deeply."

April 3

Lines form at Apple Stores across the United States as customers seek to purchase an iPad on the first day of its release. Meanwhile, traditional media spill lots of ink wondering if books have turned their last page.

April 12

A little-known author named Paul Harding wins a Pulitzer Prize for his debut novel, "Tinkers," published by tiny Bellevue Literary Press.


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