As Kevin notes below, it’s that time of year again, and “Best of 2011” lists are cropping up all over the place. Here are the top five fiction and nonfiction picks from Salon‘s Laura Miller.

5 Best Novels of 2011

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Pym by Mat Johnson

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips

The Pale King by David Foster Wallace

5 Best Nonfiction Books of 2011

Townie: a Memoir by Andre Dubus III

Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution by Mary Gabriel

The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie

Lost in Shangri-La: a True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff

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