1. Knockemstiff by Donald Ray Pollock
I had a feeling when I first read this book (back in 2007, before it was actually published) that it would be my favorite book of 2008, and nothing I read in the interim has dislodged it. Visceral yet humbling, the nasty and brutish short-story collection Knockemstiff is not for the fainthearted. However, the courageous reader can be assured at discovering a searingly original voice in Donald Ray Pollock.
2. X Films: True Confessions of a Radical Filmmaker by Alex Cox
3. The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng
4. Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell
5. The Crow Road by Iain Banks
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Gerry Donaghy is the New Book Purchasing Supervisor for Powell's City of Books. His highlights for 2008 include these books, the election, Joachim Trier's film Reprise, and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.
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