Top 10 best books of 2013

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In this painstaking work, the author bravely confronts the lawyered-up and controversial church in a dramatic encounter woven right into the narrative. New Yorker staff writer and Pulitzer Prize—winner Wright offers a reality test about a set of beliefs and behaviors that constitute this formidable 20th-century religious movement. Neither the U. The government twists the law and the Constitution to serve an ideology that sees the whole world as a potential battlefield, in which we make and remake the rules as we go. Scahill produces a masterwork of investigative journalism that offers a bleak, chilling vision of our militarized future. With graceful prose and a heavy heart, critically acclaimed novelist Ward bravely enters nonfiction terrain in this starkly honest and deeply tragic account of the deaths of five important men in her life. Through her personal narrative, Ward writes intimately about the pall of blighted opportunity, lack of education, and circular poverty that hangs over the young, vulnerable African-American inhabitants of DeLisle, Miss.
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TOP 13 BOOKS OF 2013!

10 books we loved reading in 2013

The Goodreads Choice Awards have three rounds of voting open to all registered Goodreads members. Winners will be announced December 04, Voting opens to 15 official nominees, and write-in votes can be placed for any eligible book see eligibility below. The top five write-in votes in each of the categories become official nominees. Additional write-ins no longer accepted. The field narrows to the top 10 books in each category, and members have one last chance to vote! Books published in the United States in English, including works in translation and other significant rereleases, between November 26, , and November 17, , are eligible for the Goodreads Choice Awards.

Semifinal Round: Nov 12 - 17

Top 13 Books of 2013!

A graphic novel set in a mythical time when the world is still young, about a man from the North Pole who travels to the South Pole, where he meets a woman. Never mind that opposed magnetic poles actually attract each other, just go with it. To fill the void between them they spin stories—fantastical, funny, wise, often touching yarns, which Greenberg both tells and illustrates with warm, whimsical beauty. We get to listen in. Secret societies are thick on the ground in fiction these days, but Barry has founded one of the most intriguing yet: the Poets, a shadowy group that has so mastered the art of persuasion that normal people have no choice but to do exactly what they say. Five oddball teenagers at an artsy summer camp become friends, and they decide to call their little group The Interestings.

The year was one for the books — for the good books , that is, as publishers surprised and often delighted us with new offerings worth sinking our teeth into or chewing over in book clubs and online. In nonfiction, for example, Sheryl Sandberg rekindled the national conversation about women and work in her hotly debated Lean In ; Mary Roach took us on a wild ride from human stern to stem in Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal ; and George Packer searingly summed up four decades of social malaise in The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America. To pick our "Best Books for Grownups" of , we looked for titles that stand out for their currency, inventiveness, historical sweep, belly laughs and gut punches, or — crucially — their readability. If you've read any of our selections below, let us know how they stacked up for you. It's when this remarkable experimental novel opens, and Ursula Todd is seated across a table from Adolf Hitler.

Alfred A. Like the best of Dickens, the novel is packed with incident and populated with vivid characters. At its heart is the unwavering belief that come what may, art can save us by lifting us above ourselves. Demonstrating the agile style and theatrical bravado of her much-admired Jackson Brodie mystery novels, Atkinson takes on nothing less than the evils of midth-century history and the nature of death as she moves back and forth in time, fitting together versions of a life story for a heroine who keeps dying, then being resurrected — and sent off in different, but entirely plausible, directions. Beneath the comedy, though, Saunders writes with profound empathy, and this impressive collection advances his abiding interest in questions of class, power and justice. Blinder criticizes both the Bush and Obama administrations, especially for letting Lehman Brothers fail, but he also praises them for taking steps to save the country from falling into a serious depression. Their response to the near disaster, Blinder says, was far better than the public realizes.

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