Based on a true and truly fantastical wild west story, Inland is cinematic, sternly gorgeous, truly wonderful.
This novel, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, is about All The Things, but especially death and junk culture and death due to junk culture. It's hilarious, brilliant, sharp: a compulsive read.
You gotta hand it to him: The Body will keep you abreast of all things anatomical with Bryson's trademark cheeky, belly-laugh inducing style.
Here's a novel with Sally Mann all over it. Messy and crisp at once, this novel is about how mothers are artists and what who gives up to be which.
This novel is a brilliant reflection on aging and creativity, loss and beauty. Sicily's landscape is a main character. I loved this above all the novels I read this year.
Nobel-prize winning author novelizes animal rights, pissed-off women, the art of translation all via linguistic hijinks of the first order. A comic view of a broken-ass world.
Grade A-plus historical fiction. We who are champing for Mantel's next can be quietened for a bit with The Warlow Experiment.
This wonderful novel is about families: what we do to each other, how we love each other, how we repeat our mistakes, how if we're lucky, we find forgiveness. It's a heart-book. You can't not love it.