2013 is winding down, and it's time to celebrate the year in books! With so many notable titles published this year, picking our top 50 was a real challenge. The full list will debut for the first time in our December issue, but for now, check out #26-50.
26. The Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson
27. Big Brother by Lionel Shriver
28. Schroder by Amity Gaige
29. The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
30. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
31. The Book of Ages by Jill Lepore
32. Flora by Gail Godwin
33. The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
34. Brief Encounters with the Enemy by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
35. At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcón
36. Drinking with Men by Rosie Schaap
37. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
38. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
39. Going Clear by Lawrence Wright
40. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
41. Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw
42. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
43. The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
44. Ecstatic Nation by Brenda Wineapple
45. Ghostman by Roger Hobbs
46. The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler
47. Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones
48. Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
49. Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda
50. Gulp by Mary Roach
Starting this week, our editors will be posting about some of their favorites from the list, so there’s plenty more “Best of” coverage to look forward to. Any guesses about who's #1? What was your favorite book of 2013?
So this morning, we asked you to tell us what YOUR favorite book of 2011 was. Now, we're kicking off our "Best Books of 2011" coverage by sharing books #31-#50 from our Top 50 Books of 2011 list. In a year of best-selling biographies, anticipated debuts and long-awaited releases from literary heavyweights, our editors voted on the books they loved to come up with a list that encompasses all of the above while making room for a few surprises.
Let us know what you think of our selections—share your own with us—and stay tuned as we reveal more titles from the list over the coming weeks, leading up to the publication of the Top 10 books in our December issue.
31. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
32. Blueprints for Building Better Girls by Elissa Schappell
33. To End All Wars by Adam Hochschild
34. The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
35. Great Soul by Joseph Lelyveld
36. The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
37. Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
38. A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz
39. West of Here by Jonathan Evison
40. Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
41. The Realm of Hungry Spirits by Lorraine Lopez
42. Irma Voth by Miriam Toews
43. Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
44. The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier
45. The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes by Marcus Sakey
46. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
47. A Covert Affair by Jennet Conant
48. The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok
49. Fiction Ruined My Family by Jeanne Darst
50. My New American Life by Francine Prose
What was your favorite book of 2011? Tell us, and you'll be entered to win 10 books in the genre of your choice.
The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern's debut and one of our 25 most anticipated books for fall, is a tale of two magicians pitted against each other by Prospero the Enchanter in the astounding Cirque des Rêves. It's an epic love story with an incredible cast, and a Harry Potter producer has already jumped on the film rights.
Check out our interview with Erin Morgenstern, where we talked about the magic of the circus, her research process and what she's working on next.
And to entice you even more, take a look at the book trailer:
The Night Circus comes out September 13! Will you be picking up a copy of this magical debut?
We would expect a pretty cool trailer from Daniel H. Wilson's Robopocalypse -- it is, after all, in the works to become a Steven Spielberg film.
The coolest part about this trailer, however, is that it was made by a fan for a contest hosted by Doubleday. Contestants were provided with images of the cover, excerpts from the book, advance praise and audio clips (including an interpretation of Archos, the robot leader).
The following trailer by Stephen Lunsford was the winner:
I was lucky enough to review Wilson's debut novel, and I found it haunting, mostly for the humans' reactions to the robot rebellion.
What do you think? Has the winner earned it?
The book's on shelves now. Are you grabbing a copy?
Karen Robards' newest thriller and our July romance column top pick, Justice (Gallery), hits bookstores today. It forces attorney Jessica Ford and FBI agent (and supersexy) Mark Ryan back together once again -- Jessica is in danger and Mark is determined to keep her out of harm's way. People start going missing during a high-profile case, and it seems to be only a matter of time before Jessica goes missing, too. Our reviewer described it as "riveting" and a "winning summer read."
Robards shared with us a little about her writing world in our '7 Questions' column -- from her favorite characters to her proudest moment. Read the full Q&A to find out more.
Will you be grabbing a copy of Robards' latest thriller?
Our reviewer describes it as even better than his first book, The Story of Forgetting. It "is a sort of mythic re-imagining of a period in the 1960s when his grandmother put his grandfather in a mental hospital," and the result is a "beautifully written" historical fiction on madness and genius.
Check out our interview with Block, where he talks about his kitchen floor, the "terrible urgency" that gave rise to The Storm at the Door and the echoing of literary voices.
Will you be picking up a copy of The Storm at the Door?
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the devastating, 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti, and as many news sources have noted, the recovery is slow. The Red Cross is still in the country and thousands are still homeless.
One of the Americans who was there when the quake hit was Dan Woolley, a director of Compassion International. Woolley was trapped in the rubble of his hotel for nearly three days, a story he recounts in his new book, Unshaken.
Woolley shared a little more about his story, and his return to Haiti this week, in an essay for BookPage.
You wonder what you will feel like in the last moments of your life, when you finally look death in the face . . . how your beliefs about death and the afterlife will play out. For me, it moved really quickly from abstract to tangible, given I was buried under six floors of rubble following the January 2010 Haiti earthquake. I will never pretend to understand why God allowed me to be rescued while many others did not make it out alive.