This year’s recommendations for the best winter reading from book editors and independent bookstore owners.

Barbara Hoffert
Editor, Library Journal Book Review

  • Against the Day

    By Thomas Pynchon

    The Penguin Press

    Buy

  • The Lay of the Land

    By Richard Ford

    Knopf

    Buy

  • The Road

    By Cormac McCarthy

    Alfred A. Knopf

    Buy

  • Giraffe: A Novel

    By J. M. Ledgard

    Penguin Press

    Buy

  • The Emperor's Children

    By Claire Messud

    Knopf

    Buy

  • Forgetfulness

    By Ward S. Just

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Buy

  • The Echo Maker: A Novel

    By Richard Powers

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    Buy

  • Awake in the Dark: Stories

    By Shira Nayman

    Scribner

    Buy

  • Wild Harmonies: A Life of Music and Wolves

    By Helene Grimaud

    Riverhead Hardcover

    Buy

  • Barbara Meade
    Co-owner, Politics & Prose Bookstore

  • The Emperor's Children

    By Claire Messud

    Knopf

    Buy

  • The Keep

    By Jennifer Egan

    Knopf

    Buy

  • All Aunt Hagar's Children

    By Edward P. Jones

    Amistad Press

    Buy

  • The Meaning of Night: A Confession

    By Michael Cox

    W. W. Norton & Company

    Buy

  • The Night Gardener

    By George Pelecanos

    Little, Brown and Company

    Buy

  • Uncommon Carriers

    By John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    Buy

  • Dinah Paul, A Likely Story Children’s Bookstore

  • Flotsam

    By David Wiesner

    Clarion Books

    Buy

  • Dooby Dooby Moo (A Click Clack Book)

    By Doreen Cronin

    Atheneum Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • Library Lion

    By Michelle Knudsen

    Candlewick

    Buy

  • Clementine (A Clementine Book)

    By Sara Pennypacker

    Hyperion Books for Children

    Buy

  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

    By Kate DiCamillo

    Candlewick

    Buy

  • The Interruption of Everything

    By Terry McMillan

    Viking

    Buy

  • 47

    By Walter Mosley

    Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • So Few of Me

    By Peter H. Reynolds

    Candlewick

    Buy

  • Framed

    By Frank Cottrell Boyce

    HarperCollins

    Buy

  • Fairest

    By Gail Carson Levine

    HarperColl

    Buy

  • The Green Glass Sea

    By Ellen Klages

    Viking Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • A Creature Was Stirring

    By Clement Clarke Moore and Carter Goodrich

    Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • The Miracle of Hanukkah

    By Seymour Chwast

    Blue Apple Books

    Buy

  • Todd Stewart
    Co-owner, Vertigo Books

  • Red Weather: A Novel

    By Pauls Toutonghi

    Shaye Areheart Books

    Buy

  • The Last Town on Earth: A Novel

    By Thomas Mullen

    Random House

    Buy

  • Tropical Fish: Tales From Entebbe

    By Doreen Baingana

    Broadway Books

    Buy

  • Chourmo (Marseilles Trilogy)

    By Jean-Claude Izzo

    Europa Editions

    Buy

  • Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War

    By Nicholas Lemann

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    Buy

  • Voices of Time: A Life in Stories

    By Eduardo Galeano

    Metropolitan Books

    Buy

  • Romare Bearden: The Caribbean Dimension

    By Sally Price and Richard Price

    University of Pennsylvania Press

    Buy

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