Recommendations for the best winter reading from book editors and independent bookstore owners.

Barbara Hoffert, Editor of the Book Review at Library Journal

Fiction
  • The Sea (Man Booker Prize)

    By John Banville

    Knopf

    Buy

  • The Tattoo Artist: A Novel

    By Jill Ciment

    Pantheon

    Buy

  • Beasts of No Nation: A Novel

    By Uzodinma Iweala

    Harper

    Buy

  • Veronica: A Novel

    By Mary Gaitskill

    Pantheon

    Buy

  • Seven Lies: A Novel

    By James Lasdun

    W. W. Norton

    Buy

  • Vita: A Novel

    By Melania G. Mazzucco

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    Buy

  • The Whale Caller: A Novel

    By Zakes Mda

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    Buy

  • The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Blue Bear

    By Walter Moers

    Harry N. Abrams

    Buy

  • On Beauty

    By Zadie Smith

    Penguin Press HC, The

    Buy

  • Exposure

    By Talitha Stevenson

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Buy

  • Non-fiction
  • Shakespeare: The Biography

    By Peter Ackroyd

    Nan A. Talese

    Buy

  • Children/Young Adults
  • The King in the Window

    By Adam Gopnik

    Disney-Hyperion

    Buy

  • Rosa

    By Nikki Giovanni

    Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

    Buy

  • Barbara Meade, Co-Owner, Politics and Prose

  • The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq

    By George Packer

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    Buy

  • Hungry Planet: What the World Eats

    By Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio

    Material World

    Buy

  • Fiction
  • In the Shadow of the Law: A Novel

    By Kermit Roosevelt

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    Buy

  • Cinnamon Kiss: A Novel (Easy Rawlins Mysteries)

    By Walter Mosley

    Little, Brown and Company

    Buy

  • The Lincoln Lawyer: A Novel (Mickey Haller)

    By Michael Connelly

    Little, Brown and Company

    Buy

  • On Beauty

    By Zadie Smith

    Penguin Press HC, The

    Buy

  • Saturday: A novel

    By Ian McEwan

    Nan A. Talese

    Buy

  • Steve Moyers, Co-Owner, Chapters Literary Arts Center and Bookstore

    Non-fiction
  • Democracy and Populism: Fear and Hatred

    By John Lukacs

    Yale University Press

    Buy

  • Fiction
  • The Earth and Sky of Jacques Dorme: A Novel

    By Andreï Makine

    Arcade Publishing

    Buy

  • <li class="list-item l-pair-sm book"><div class="art-bd book-img"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Palms-Ground-Amy-Stolls/dp/0374357315?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0374357315" target="_blank"><img src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51QKNKTQKPL._SL160_.jpg" alt="" /></a></div><!-- /art-bd --><div class="txt-bd book-bd"><div class="book-meta"><p class="book-title"><a class="book-link" href="https://www.amazon.com/Palms-Ground-Amy-Stolls/dp/0374357315?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0374357315" target="_blank">Palms to the Ground</a></p><p class="book-author">By Amy Stolls </p><p class="book-publisher">Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)</p></div><!-- book-meta --><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Palms-Ground-Amy-Stolls/dp/0374357315?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0374357315" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p></div><!-- /text-bd --></li><!-- /l-pair-sm -->
    

    Picture book
  • Zen Shorts (Caldecott Honor Book)

    By Jon J Muth

    Scholastic Press

    Buy

  • Poetry
  • The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden

    By Stanley Kunitz and Genine Lentine

    W. W. Norton & Company

    Buy

  • Migration: New and Selected Poems

    By W.S. Merwin

    Copper Canyon Press

    Buy

  • Clara Anthony, owner, Sepia Sand and Sable Bookstore

    Non-fiction
  • Life Is Not a Fairy Tale

    By Fantasia

    Touchstone

    Buy

  • Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin

    By John Hope Franklin

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    Buy

  • Queens: Portraits of Black Women and their Fabulous Hair

    By Michael Cunningham and George Alexander

    Doubleday

    Buy

  • Fiction
  • Cinnamon Kiss: A Novel (Easy Rawlins Mysteries)

    By Walter Mosley

    Little, Brown and Company

    Buy

  • Children
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