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New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2013

It’s December, dear readers, and that means that the lists for 2013’s top books are starting to pour in! First up to bat is the New York Times’ list of the 100 Notable Books of 2013, put together by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. It’s been a good year for books (though, really, isn’t every year a good year for books?), so how they’re managing to pick just 100 is beyond me. They managed to do it, however, so be sure to check them out; if nothing else, it might give you some holiday gift ideas for the book lovers on your list this year!

Fiction + Poetry

The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates

All That Is by James Salter

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon

Children Are Diamonds: An African Apocalypse by Edward Hoagland

The Circle by Dave Eggers

Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat

The Color Master: Stories by Aimee Bender

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

The Dinner by Herman Koch

Dirty Love  by Andre Dubus III

Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Duplex by Kathryn Davis

The End of the Point by Elizabeth Graver

The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

A Guide to Being Born: Stories by Ramona Ausubel

Half the Kingdom by Lore Segal

I Want to Show You More: Stories by Jamie Quatro

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer

The Infatuations by Javier Marias

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Local Souls: Novellas by Allan Gurganus

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rakoff

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood

A Marker to Measure Drift by Alexander Maksik

Metaphysical Dog by Frank Bidart

Our Andromeda by Brenda Shaughnessy

Schroder by Amity Gaige

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Someone by Alice McDermott

The Son by Philipp Meyer

The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Submergence by J. M. Ledgard

Subtle Bodies by Norman Rush

Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

The Two Hotel Francforts by David Leavitt

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan

Want Not by Jonathan Miles

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

Woke Up Lonely by Fiona Maazel

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud


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

The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives by Sasha Abramsky

The Barbarous Years. The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675 by Bernard Bailyn

The Billionaire’s Apprentice: The Rise of the Indian-American Elite and the Fall of the Galleon Hedge Fund by Anita Raghavan

The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide by Gary J. Bass

Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore

The Boy Detective: A New York Childhood by Roger Rosenblatt

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin

The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine’s Deepest Mystery by George Johnson

Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War by Max Hastings

Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident and the Illusion of Safety by Eric Schlosser

Country Girl: A Memoir by Edna O’Brien

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

Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877 by Brenda Wineapple

Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China by Jung Chang

The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit

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

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright

The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 by Rick Atkinson

The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince by Jane Ridley

A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett

Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World by Leo Damrosch

Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death by Katy Butler

Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker

Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures by Mary Ruefle

Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn

Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall

Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward

Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance by Carla Kaplan

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit

Patrick Leigh Fermoer: An Adventure by Artemis Cooper

The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code by Margalit Fox

The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking by Brendan I. Koerner

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

The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley

Thank You For Your Service by David Finkel

The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream by Thomas Dyja

This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral — Plus Plenty of Valet Parking!—in America’s Gilded Capital by Mark Leibovich

Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941 by Lynne Olson

To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism by Evgeny Morozov

To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care by Cris Beam

Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy by Kenneth M. Pollack

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer

The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 by Margaret MacMillan

Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala

Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America by Jon Mooallem

Year Zero: A History of 1945 by Ian Buruma



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