The following titles, which I prefer to list without ranking them, are my top picks among those published in 2012-2013 that I reviewed during 2013. It would be easy to find room for another 5-6 fiction titles, but I’m staying with the top ten selected.
In past years, the nonfiction list was limited to a “top 8” because I reviewed far fewer nonfiction titles than fiction. That circumstance has changed somewhat and this year’s list for nonfiction is now also a “top 10.”
The first two lists reflect my favorites among the trade publications that I reviewed. Separately, I’ve listed 3 self-published titles that seem to me especially worthy of notice plus two dazzling portfolios – coffee table gems by amazingly talented visual artists.
Michael Connelly, The Black Box
Lisa Black, Blunt Impact
Nancy Richler, The Imposter Bride
James W. Hall, Going Dark
Robert N. Macomber, Honors Rendered
John Dufresne, No Regrets, Coyote
Randy Wayne White, Deceived
Naomi Ragen, The Sisters Weiss
Kinley Roby, The Birds of Winter
Nathan Englander, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank
Lillian Faderman, My Mother’s Wars
Ilan Stavans, Singer’s Typewriter and Mine
Helene Aylon, Whatever Is Contained Must Be Released
J. Michael Lennon, Norman Mailer: A Double Life
Seth Lipsky, The Rise of Abraham Cahan
Jeremy Dauber, The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem: The Remarkable Life and Afterlife of the Man Who Created Tevya
Rod Dreher, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming
Bill DeYoung, Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay’s Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought It Down
Christopher Benfey, Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family, & Survival
Steven T. Katz and Alan Rosen, eds., Elie Wiesel: Jewish, Literary, and Moral Perspectivies.
Dan Chabot, Godspeed: A Love Story
Nina Harkness, A Sahib’s Daughter
Gary Schmeltz, Journey to the Edge of Eden
SPECIAL MENTION [art books]
Alan S. Maltz, photographer, with narrative by Karen T. Bartlett, Journey Through Paradise: Naples, Marco Island, and The Everglades.
Paul Arsenault, Paul Arsenault: My Journey as a Painter