critics’ picks – best books of 2013


My book backlog keeps growing and here is some fodder to think of for future purchases. My surveying tends toward the fictional and I’m clearly not all encompassing, for someone who is feel free to refer to this crazy list by large hearted boy.

  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – NYT, FW
  • At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcon – FW
  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson – Am, JM, LG/RJ, EW, NYT, Ti
  • Lexicon by Max Barry – LG/RJ, Ti
  • The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton – FW, Am
  • Never Go Back by Lee Child – JM
  • Duplex by Kathryn Davis – FW
  • The Circle by Dave Eggers – Am
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – LG/RJ, Ti
  • & Sons by David Gilbert – FW
  • The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert – LG/RJ, Am, JM, Ti
  • The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg – LG/RJ, Ti
  • NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – LG/RJ, JM, Ti
  • Sea of Hooks by Lindsay Hill – PW
  • And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini – EW, Am
  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – Am
  • Seiobo There Below by László Krasznahorkai – FW
  • The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner – LG/RJ, NYT, FW, Ti, SFG
  • The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri – LG/RJ, Am, Ti
  • Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem – FW
  • A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra – PW, WP, SFG
  • The Good Lord Bird by James McBride – FW, Am, PW, WP, SFG
  • Someone by Alice McDermott – JM
  • The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud – FW, Am, WP
  • The Son by Philipp Meyer – EW, Am, WP
  • The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty – EW, Am
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  – EW
  • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki – Am
  • How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny – WP
  • Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon – EW
  • The Unknowns by Gabriel Roth – JM
  • All That Is by James Salter – Am
  • Tenth of December by George Saunders – LG/RJ, EW, NYT Am, MK, Ti, SFG
  • Half the Kingdon by Lore Segal – FW
  • The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis – EW, Am
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – Am
  • Silence and the Roar by Nihad Sirees – PW
  • American Dream Machine by Matthew Spektor – FW
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – NYT, FW, Am, MK, SFG
  • The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy – FW
  • The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasques – Am
  • The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker – EW
  • The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer – LG/RJ, EW, FW, Am, Ti
  • The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell – Am
  • The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara – PW

AM – Amazon, EW – Entertainment WeeklyFW – Flavorwire, JM – Janet Maslin, LG/RJ – Lev Grossman and Radhika Jones for Time, MK – Michiko Kakutani, NYT – New York Times, PW – Publishers Weekly, SFG – SFGate, Ti – Time, WP – Washington Post

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