The Best Books of 2013

Stack of Books. Photo by Matt Emerson

The editors of the New York Times Book Review have released their list of the 10 best books of 2013, which includes 5 selections for both fiction and non-fiction. I'm happy to see two of my favorite authors on the list, Chimamanda Adichie and Donna Tartt. At nytimes.com the editors provide a short description of each book and why they chose it, but here is the basic list:

Fiction:

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Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie

The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Life after Life, by Kate Atkinson

Tenth of December by George Saunders

 

Non-fiction:

After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead by Alan S. Blinder

Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House by Peter Baker

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink

The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark

Wave. by Sonali Deraniyagala

 

What do readers think? What do you recommend? What have you read from 2013 that must be savored and shared?

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John Donaghy
5 years 4 months ago
From those published in 2013, with a "Catholic" flavor:In the Company of the Poor: Conversations between Dr. Paul Farmer and Father Gustavo GutiérrezJohn Thavis, The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church
Matt Emerson
5 years 4 months ago

Mr. Donaghy: Thanks for the recommendations. They look like great selections.  

Michael Burke
4 years 7 months ago
Seems to me "The Goldfinch" stand head an shoulders above the others, I do not understand why America did not review it.......it's careful construction, it's grand world view all are Catholic attributes in art. We know Tart is Catholic ( active we do not know, as she is private) but her sensibilities are all in the great tradition of Dickens, Tolstoy, with a flash drive of Henry James

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