Best Books of 2012

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Expand your knowledge of contemporary fiction and brush up on current events with the Best Books of 2012. A shelf with the Best Books of 2012 is now in the Sight & Sound room (first floor, west wing). Discover what The Washington Post, the New York Times, and GoodReads recommend. Happy reading!

The Washington Post
(fiction)

Arcadia Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Bring Up the Bodies
Arcadia
by Lauren Groff
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
by Ben Fountain
Bring Up the Bodies
by Hilary Mantel
Broken Harbor Canada  
Broken Harbor
by Tana French
Canada
by Richard Ford
 


(non-fiction)

Behind the Beautiful Forevers House of Stone Iron Curtain
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
by Katherine Boo
House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East
by Anthony Shadid
Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956
by Anne Applebaum
Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam Why Nations Fail  
Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam
by James G. Hershberg
Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson
 


The New York Times
(fiction)

Bring Up the Bodies Building Stories A Hologram for the King
Bring Up the Bodies
by Hilary Mantel
Building Stories
by Chris Ware
A Hologram for the King
by Dave Eggers
NW The Yellow Birds  
NW
by Zadie Smith
The Yellow Birds
by Kevin Powers
 


(non-fiction)

Behind the Beautiful Forevers Far from the Tree The Passage of Power
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
by Katherine Boo
Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity
by Andrew Solomon
The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
by Robert A. Caro
The Patriarch Why Does the World Exist?  
The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy
by David Nasaw
Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story
by Jim Holt