A cornucopia of books to give as gifts for friends, family or for yourself. Avoid the mall - give a book from this eclectic selection!
The best of 2011 gift books for everyone on your holiday gift list.
These ten funny books will have you laughing out loud, laughing the milk right through your nose.
Some heady stuff in March. A collection of essays from Marilynne Robinson on politics, faith, and more, Jonah Lehrer's book about the nature of creativity, fantastic fiction from Adam Levin, Hari Kunzru, and Etgar Keret, and more.
Lone wolves and werewolves, a Presidential scandal and a Presidential tryst, and narrative nonfiction that reaches into the heart of Mumbai's impoverished underbelly. No lack for reading choices in February 2012.
2012 starts off with a bang, not a whimper, with new work from Ben Marcus, William Gibson, Geoff Dyer, and Katherine Boo. And then it just gets better. Alain de Botton's Religion for Atheists promises to be an interesting read as does Believer editor Heidi Julavits' The Vanishers. The absurd is well represented in March by Mark Leyner, Etgar Keret, and Adam Levin, and we are once again anchored back to reality with a collection of essays from Jonathan Franzen, short stories from Roberto Bolano, and journals from Susan Sontag. And lots lots more.
We read a lot of books in 2011. Some we liked, some we didn't. These are the ones we loved.
High on my list of to-reads for October 2011 is the long-awaited translation of Haruki Murakami's homage to George Orwell, 1Q84. This month we also see promising biographies of Van Gogh, Charles Dickens, and the city of Jerusalem. Check it out.
Booker Prize-winning author Aravind Adiga and Whitbread Novel of the Year author Ali Smith are both back with new novels this month as is National Book Award author Lily Tuck. Plus new work from Neal Stephenson and a collection of Calvin Trillin's funniest stuff.
In July, we're looking forward to new novels from Clyde Edgerton and Bonnie Jo Campbell, new nonfiction from Ben Mezrich, the fifth book in George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire saga, and more.
In August we see new novels from Tom Perrotta, Julie Otsuka, Nicholson Baker, Robert Olen Butler and DBC Pierre plus a sequel to Alexandra Fuller's Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight.
Summer literature? Take your pick: an extraordinary and bizarre debut from Norwegian author Johan Harstad, Afrikaans author Ingrid Winterbach's meditation on love and loss, and new work from Ann Patchett, Adam Ross, and Kate Christensen are just a few new releases we're looking forward to in June.
Short stories from Julian Barnes, a new novel by Lisa See, and travel writing from the master of the genre, Paul Theroux, are just a few of the joys that take us into Summer reading.
Annie Proulx, David Vann, Kevin Brockmeier, Kate Christensen, Ann Patchett, and Paul Theroux are just a handful of our best loved authors with new work in 2011. Unpublished work from David Foster Wallace and the English translation of Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 pile on top to make 2011 a banner year for literature.
Don't have time for the top 100 books of 2010? Here are our top 10 books.
New novels from T.C. Boyle and Kevin Brockmeier and memoirs from Joyce Carol Oates and Andre Dubus III are highlights in February, as is the hotly anticipated debut novel from Karen Russell, Swamplandia!
Posthumous work from Roberto Bolano and David Foster Wallace and new novels from Francine Prose, Meg Wolitzer, Ann Packer and Chris Adrian are joys that will help to balance out the specter of the IRS deadline.
In March we see new work from Jodi Picoult and Jean M. Auel as well as Tea Obreht's debut novel, The Tiger's Wife. Hot nonfiction this month includes Spark: How Creativity Works by Julie Burstein and Kurt Anderson (from Studio 360) and The Information by James Gleick.
Short stories, and lots of them. January brings us new short fiction collections from Joyce Carol Oates, Charles Baxter, Colm Toibin, and even a brand new collection of previously unpublished work from Kurt Vonnegut.
These books for writers are written specifically to help you hone your craft.
July's offerings include futuristic absurdist comedies from both Rick Moody and Gary Shteyngart, literary offerings from Allegra Goodman and Ayelet Waldman, and Science magazine reporter Sam Kean's memoir of the Periodic Table of the Elements.
Looking for a good gift for dad? You know what he wants - a sea kayak, a gas grill, or one of those Segway personal transport devices. But you're too cheap to get him any of those gifts. How about a nice book? Even if he doesn't read it, you can!
Winning sports book picks for both the athlete and the spectator sports fan in your life.
Mom loves to read! This Mother's Day, choose a book from our Mother's Day 2010 books for a gift that will outlast the candy and flowers (please be sure to give her those as well).
Every year, The Best American Series editors handpick the previous year's finest writing in short stories, comics, mysteries, essays, travel, science and nature, sports, spirituality, and nonrequired reading. Here are selected picks from the Best American 2009 series.