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

Barbara Hoffert, editor of the Book Review at Library Journal

Fiction
  • By Nightfall: A Novel

    By Michael Cunningham

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    Buy

  • Mink River

    By Brian Doyle

    Oregon State University Press

    Buy

  • The Wake of Forgiveness

    By Bruce Machart

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade

    Buy

  • How to Read the Air

    By Dinaw Mengestu

    Riverhead Books

    Buy

  • Adam & Eve: A Novel

    By Sena Jeter Naslund

    William Morrow

    Buy

  • The Distant Hours: A Novel

    By Kate Morton

    Atria Books

    Buy

  • Non-fiction
  • E. Ethelbert Miller, poet, director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University, and author of “How We Sleep On The Nights We Don’t Make Love”

  • Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010

    By Elizabeth Alexander

    Graywolf Press

    Buy

  • No Surrender: Poems

    By Ai

    W. W. Norton & Company

    Buy

  • Mentor: A Memoir

    By Tom Grimes

    Tin House Books

    Buy

  • Terry Hong, “BookDragon” blogger for the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program

    Non-fiction
  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

    By Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

    Vintage

    Buy

  • Fiction
  • I Hotel

    By Karen Tei Yamashita

    Coffee House Press

    Buy

  • Long for This World: A Novel

    By Sonya Chung

    Scribner

    Buy

  • Graphic Novels
  • Naoki Urasawa's Monster, Vol. 17

    By Naoki Urasawa

    VIZ Media LLC

    Buy

  • Picture Books
  • Mirror

    By Jeannie Baker

    Candlewick

    Buy

  • It's a Book

    By Lane Smith

    Roaring Brook Press

    Buy

  • Spork

    By Kyo Maclear

    Kids Can Press

    Buy

  • The Sandwich Swap

    By Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah and Kelly DiPucchio

    Disney-Hyperion

    Buy

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