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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Best Books Of 2013

Matthew Petroff)" href="http://media.wbur.org/wordpress/11/files/2013/12/1231_peabody-library-e1388503079930.jpg">The George Peabody library in Baltimore, Maryland. (Matthew Petroff)

The George Peabody library in Baltimore, Maryland. (Matthew Petroff)

With all of the books that come out each year, who has time to read all of them?

That’s why NPR arts correspondent, Lynn Neary is here.

She joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to share some of her favorites from this year.

From historical fiction set during the time of the Chechen Wars to a contemporary fishing village in Haiti, this year’s picks span the globe.

But Neary (like most of us) missed some books. She shares some titles she’s excited to catch up on during the new year.

Lynn Neary’s Favorite Books of 2013 (and some she missed)

Constellation of Vital Phenomena” by Anthony Marra

The Son” by Philipp Meyer

Claire of the Sea Light” by Edwidge Danticat

The Maid’s Version” by Daniel Woodrell

Longbourn” by Jo Baker

Life After Life” by Kate Atkinson

The Good Lord Bird” by James McBride



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  • Bob Weaver

    A great historical fiction that this year offered was Rocky Nook Tea Room.

  • qwer1234567

    Where is the NON-fiction?

    • OceanGal

      My question, too!


    Ms. Neary missed one (perhaps more). Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff is a must! As far as jane Austin is concerned, no one can get enough of Jane Austin! As for Downton Abbey, I never watched any of the episodes. Who wants to watch unhappy wealthy people deal with their wealthy problems? New Tricks is much better….. a real cut of the spice of English life. One should read every year: The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman.

    • Hazel Lynn Singer

      Better than Guns of August is the new The Sleepwalkers by Christopher Clark: a must read. I’m totally with you on Downton Abbey!

  • Gay Collins

    I am surprised to see no mention of WANT NOT. I am currently reading it and think it’s incredible.

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