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

Alan Cheuse, Book Reviewer, All Things Considered

Books Worth Giving and Receiving This Season
  • Let the Great World Spin: A Novel

    By Colum McCann

    Random House

    Buy

  • Lark and Termite (Vintage Contemporaries)

    By Jayne Anne Phillips

    Vintage

    Buy

  • In Other Rooms, Other Wonders

    By Daniyal Mueenuddin

    W. W. Norton & Company

    Buy

  • American Salvage (Made in Michigan Writers Series)

    By Bonnie Jo Campbell

    Wayne State University Press

    Buy

  • Homer & Langley: A Novel

    By E.L. Doctorow

    Random House

    Buy

  • Into the Beautiful North: A Novel

    By Luis Alberto Urrea

    Little, Brown and Company

    Buy

  • The River Gods

    By Brian Kiteley

    Fiction Collective 2

    Buy

  • Reading for Pure Pleasure
  • Inherent Vice

    By Thomas Pynchon

    Penguin Press HC, The

    Buy

  • The Stalin Epigram: A Novel

    By Robert Littell

    Simon & Schuster

    Buy

  • The Last Noel

    By Malone

    Sourcebooks Landmark

    Buy

  • Recommended for Kids
  • Daphne Gaskins, Manager, Reiter’s Books

    For News Junkies and Others Who Follow Current Events
  • This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly

    By Carmen M. Reinhart and Kenneth S. Rogoff

    Princeton University Press

    Buy

  • The Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office

    By David Blumenthal and James Morone

    University of California Press

    Buy

  • The Sciences in Real Life
  • Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope

    By William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

    William Morrow

    Buy

  • Nothing: A Very Short Introduction

    By Frank Close

    Oxford University Press

    Buy

  • Chocolate: A Global History (Edible)

    By Sarah Moss and Alexander Badenoch

    Reaktion Books

    Buy

  • For Kids (Ages 8 and Up)
  • Body Science

    By dk-publishing-james-cracknell

    Dorling Kindersley

    Buy

  • A Year in Art: The Activity Book

    By Christiane Weidemann , Anne-Kathrin Funck , and Doris Kutschbach

    Prestel Junior

    Buy

  • Robin Whitten, Editor and Founder, Audio File

    The following are Robin’s audio book suggestions.

    Fiction

  • The Help

    By Kathryn Stockett

    Penguin Audio

    Buy

  • Good Omens CD

    By Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

    HarperAudio

    Buy

  • The Maltese Falcon (Audio dramatization)

    By Yuri Rasovsky and Dashiel Hammett

    Blackstone Audio, Inc.

    Buy

  • Nonfiction
  • Kids
  • Return to the Hundred Acre Wood

    By David Benedictus

    Penguin Audio

    Buy

  • Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

    By Phillip Hoose

    Brilliance Audio

    Buy

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