Book critic Mark Athitakis, BookDragon blogger Terry Hong and Library Journal editor Barbara Hoffert pick the best books to keep you warm this winter.

Mark Athitakis, Book Critic

Fiction Books
  • What Happened to Sophie Wilder

    By Christopher R. Beha

    Tin House Books

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  • Beautiful Ruins: A Novel

    By Jess Walter

    Harper

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    <li class="list-item l-pair-sm book"><div class="art-bd book-img"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Other-Side-World-Jay-Neugeboren/dp/1937512029?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=1937512029" target="_blank"><img src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51%2BQpmTo9PL._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/Other-Side-World-Jay-Neugeboren/dp/1937512029?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=1937512029" target="_blank">The Other Side of the World</a></p><p class="book-author">By Jay Neugeboren </p><p class="book-publisher">Two Dollar Radio</p></div><!-- book-meta --><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Other-Side-World-Jay-Neugeboren/dp/1937512029?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=1937512029" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p></div><!-- /text-bd --></li><!-- /l-pair-sm -->
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    Nonfiction Books
  • Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction

    By Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd

    Random House

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  • Mortality

    By Christopher Hitchens

    Twelve

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  • Winter Journal

    By Paul Auster

    Henry Holt and Co.

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  • Elsewhere: A memoir

    By Richard Russo

    Knopf

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  • Both Flesh and Not: Essays

    By David Foster Wallace

    Little, Brown and Company

    Buy

  • Terry Hong, BookDragon blogger at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

    Fiction Books
  • Requiem

    By Frances Itani

    Atlantic Monthly Press

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  • The Garden of Evening Mists

    By Tan Twan Eng

    Hachette Books

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  • Lenin's Kisses

    By Yan Lianke

    Grove Press

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  • Ru: A Novel

    By Kim Thúy

    Bloomsbury USA

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  • Prophecy

    By Ellen Oh

    HarperTeen

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  • Nonfiction Books
  • Children/Young Adult Books
  • My Name Is Parvana

    By Deborah Ellis

    Groundwood Books

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  • Graphic Novels
  • Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City

    By Guy Delisle

    Drawn and Quarterly

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  • Barbara Hoffert, Editor of the Book Review at Library Journal

  • The Marlowe Papers: A Novel

    By Ros Barber

    St. Martin's Press

    Buy

  • Frances and Bernard

    By Carlene Bauer

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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  • Telegraph Avenue: A Novel

    By Michael Chabon

    Harper

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  • Harvest: A Novel

    By Jim Crace

    Nan A. Talese

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  • Poems 1962-2012 (Los Angeles Times Book Award: Poetry)

    By Louise Glück

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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  • The Suitors: A Novel

    By Cécile David-Weill

    Other Press

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  • Schroder: A Novel

    By Amity Gaige

    Twelve

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  • The River Swimmer: Novellas

    By Jim Harrison

    Grove Press

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  • Hold It 'Til It Hurts

    By T. Geronimo Johnson

    Coffee House Press

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  • The Dinner

    By Herman Koch

    Hogarth

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    <li class="list-item l-pair-sm book"><div class="art-bd book-img"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Forgiven-Novel-Lawrence-Osborne/dp/0307889033?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0307889033" target="_blank"><img src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/514q1OGQpKL._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/Forgiven-Novel-Lawrence-Osborne/dp/0307889033?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0307889033" target="_blank">The Forgiven: A Novel</a></p><p class="book-author">By Lawrence Osborne </p><p class="book-publisher">Hogarth</p></div><!-- book-meta --><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Forgiven-Novel-Lawrence-Osborne/dp/0307889033?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0307889033" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p></div><!-- /text-bd --></li><!-- /l-pair-sm -->
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    <li class="list-item l-pair-sm book"><div class="art-bd book-img"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/NW-Novel-Zadie-Smith/dp/1594203970?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=1594203970" target="_blank"><img src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41eX%2BgsjYWL._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/NW-Novel-Zadie-Smith/dp/1594203970?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=1594203970" target="_blank">NW: A Novel</a></p><p class="book-author">By Zadie Smith </p><p class="book-publisher">Penguin Press</p></div><!-- book-meta --><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/NW-Novel-Zadie-Smith/dp/1594203970?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=1594203970" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p></div><!-- /text-bd --></li><!-- /l-pair-sm -->
    
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