This electrifying work stars an enraged artist bent on exposing sexism and other prejudices in the art world. — R.C. Cutting back and forth in time, he recounts the highs and lows of his life in a narrative as heartbreaking as an Irish ballad. Get great book recommendations! This svelte tale tells the story of a British High Court judge facing an especially challenging case: a teen refusing life-saving medical treatment. Spanning five decades, King’s sweeping tale is narrated by a man whose life is profoundly affected by a chance meeting with a preacher when he was a boy in rural New England. View the Top 100 best sellers for each year, in Amazon Books, Kindle eBooks, Music, MP3 Songs and Video Games. Kirkus' editors have sifted through all of this year's books to tell you which rise to the top. — R.C. Published in Spanish a few months before Bolaño’s death in 2003, this short novel about the struggles of an orphaned young woman is a gripping chronicle about urban youth, anomie, sex and crime. This atmospheric novel reimagines a brief collaboration in New Guinea in the early 1930s involving the anthropologist Margaret Mead, her husband and future husband. We analyze statistics from the millions of books added, rated, and reviewed on Goodreads to nominate 15 books in each category. 10 Best Fiction Books of 2014 The Southern Reach Trilogy, ''We Are Not Ourselves,'' ''The Bone Clocks,'' and more of the year's best stories By EW Staff — Amanda Vaill, Mantel wins the deliberate-provocation sweepstakes with the title story, which imagines the attempted murder of the former prime minister. — R.C. I think this was not only one of the best books of 2014, but one of most thoughtful works of science fiction of the current decade. But more than anything, we savored simply told, affecting narratives. Across pages that never succumb to a single melodramatic or sentimental phrase, Nora quietly manages her grief and figures out how to carry on with her life. — M.A. Horan infuses both of these portraits with color, passion and intellectual spark, creating an operatic tale that is dead-on in its portrayal of pre-feminism-era women and their limited opportunities. Best Books of the Year 2020. — Robin Sloan, In this story collection, a National Book Award winner, Klay draws on his experience as a U.S. Marine captain to give us one of the most compelling depictions of the Iraq war written. The field narrows to the top 10 books in each category, and members have one last chance to vote! Image. This collection of engaging stories is topped by a novella-length tale that’s a rollicking experimentalist riff on “Jack and the Beanstalk” — featuring a contemptuous talking dog, a pair of post-feminist maidens and an equally forlorn Tom Dooley, who laments that his famous murder ballad “ain’t done much good since Burl Ives died.” — Michael Lindgren. By Denis Johnson (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Set in post-9/11 West Africa, this high-suspense tale offers a more convincing portrait of amoral intelligence agents and the havoc they wreak than almost any journalistic account of Third World skullduggery. Nicholls’s dark comedy sets a crumbling family on a European tour, dangling the possibility that the trip might solve the problems of its middle-aged narrator, his artist wife and their challenging teenage son. — Jeff Turrentine. This was a crazy good year for books. Nature â and the urge to protect it â is what ties together the lives introduced in Powersâ sweeping 12th novel. Lee’s dystopian novel opens on a wasted landscape where the remnants of civilization survive in stratified compounds walled off from the lawless scrap heap of North America. — Alice LaPlante. — Valerie. Browse Amazonâs âBest Sellers of 2012 (So Far)â list to find the most popular products throughout the year based on sales, updated hourly. Only Kingâs particular novelistic eye could have spotted the fictional riches that â¦ In this engaging first volume of her planned trilogy — a sweeping story that spans three decades, three continents and a generation of children on an Iowa farm — Smiley delivers a wry, old-fashioned tale of rural family life in changing times. Books published in the United States in English, including works in translation and other significant rereleases, between November 17, 2013, and November 15, 2014, are eligible for the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards. — R.C. Foodies should be sure and check out food and ag writer Tom Philpottâs âBest Food Books of 2014.â For music lovers, MoJo critic Jon Young has shared his list of âThe 10 Best Albums of 2014.â — R.C. The calm, terrifying stories in “Thunderstruck” have the jittery emotional valence of fairy tales, where to name dangers — the wicked witch, the hungry wolf — is somehow to subdue them. Fowler has conjured a set-up that’s unusual in the extreme: a family of five in which the youngest daughter is a chimp. Waldman’s multigenerational novel centers on a historical event largely faded from memory: the Nazi-run Hungarian Gold Train, which carried a trove of goods stolen from the Jews in World War II. By Antonio Muñoz Molina; translated by Edith Grossman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Welcome to our round-up of the best books of the year. Best books of 2014: Top 10 books of the year, graphic novels and audio books. — M.L. We tore through feverish, experimental stories and enjoyed science fiction that overturned the genre's conventions. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply â but that almost seems beside the point now. Gay considers questions of class, parental responsibility and sex as a weapon of terror in a fantastically exciting story about a lawyer kidnapped while visiting her rich parents in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. — R.C. Write-in votes may be cast for eligible books with any average rating, and write-in votes will be weighted by the book's Goodreads statistics to determine the top five books to be added as official nominees in the Semifinal Round. — R.C. This finalist for the Man Booker prize stars a Red Sox-loving, misanthropic dentist in a midlife crisis. The best science fiction and fantasy books of 2014. Or purchase a subscription for unlimited access to real news you can count on. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE: FURTHER PROBLEMS OF DR. SAM HAWTHORNE. Barnes & Nobleâs Fiction picks include Anthony Doerrâs stunningly ambitious All the Light We Cannot See; John Grishamâs searing new legal thriller, Gray Mountain; Michel Faberâs monumental, genre-defying The Book of Strange New Things; and Stephen Kingâs dark and electrifying Revival. One of Amazon.com's best books of 2014, Phil Klay's "Redeployment," is also the year's winner of the National Book Award for fiction. — E.H. A tribute to horror-story master Shirley Jackson, this novel weaves events from the writer’s life into a hypnotic story that will please Jackson fans as well as anyone in search of a solidly written literary thriller. Error rating book. — R.C. While his imagination runs riot, he addresses some of life’s greatest joys and worst traumas in a voice that’s deadpan, unflappable and understated. Comments. With her, Alameddine has given us a marvelously cranky heroine, gruffly vulnerable and engagingly self-mocking. Books published between November 16, 2014, and November 15, 2015, will be eligible for the 2015 awards. This chilling novel, a finalist for the Man Booker prize, imagines an anti-Semitic future where wit and irony, along with jazz and literary fiction, have evaporated in the heat of a second Holocaust sometime in the 21st century. At the center of this enthralling novel, a National Book Award finalist, are two children: a blind French girl who flees to the countryside when her father disappears from Nazi-occupied Paris and a whiz-kid German orphan whose science skills gain him entry into the Hitler Youth. The Goodreads Choice Awards are the only major book awards decided by readers. Jack McNulty, a beleaguered Irish soldier, has just returned from World War II. But her fictionâ¦ — R.C. Discover Amazonâs Top 100 best-selling products in 2012, 2011, 2010 and beyond. But at every turn, Lee thwarts our expectations. Best books of 2014: These Christmas reads are so good you won't want to give them away. After she is severely injured in an accident, a teenager and her family emigrate from Mexico to Delaware. Set in San Francisco in the summer of 1876, Donoghue’s novel is based on the real-life shooting of a cocky cross-dresser who supported herself by supplying restaurants with frog legs. Here are the 22 best science fiction and fantasy books of 2014. Like a Marvel Comics mad scientist, Harkaway has crossed strains of a modern-day environmental crisis with the sweet story of a veteran of the Afghan war trying to adopt a little boy on a doomed island. This third installment, which follows the evolving and complicated relationship between girlhood friends Elena and Lila, is the best so far. Tracing the fate of one iconic jewel from that collection through Budapest, Salzburg and Maine, Waldman demonstrates the curious and tragic ways that history binds us together. This atmospheric tale unfolds as a full-throated murder mystery, as the victim’s friend, a celebrated showgirl, tries to track down the killer before he gets her first. The novel, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and shortlisted for the Man Booker prize, tells an unsettling, emotionally complex story that plumbs the mystery of our relationship with the animal kingdom — relatives included. By Maddie Crum. The result is like some set of forgotten Brothers Grimm tales translated into the jolting anomie of modern life. Set on an island in the Mediterranean Sea, much of the comedy springs from the tension between being required to have the best time in the world and wanting to stab someone with an ice pick. No one writes better about the near future than Gibson, and in this surprisingly optimistic novel, he vaults us forward into two futures, one near and recognizable, the other more distant. — M.A. As the family teeters on the verge of breakdown, Nicholls offers a poignant consideration of how a marriage ages, how parents mess up and what survives despite those challenges. Inspired by a Brassaï photo of Violette Morris, a celebrated French athlete who later betrayed her country to Hitler, this saga of Paris at war offers ribald humor, sexual transgression and military intrigue. Set in San Francisco in the late 1930s, this affecting novel tells the story of three distinctive women who meet as dancers at a Chinese nightclub. A book may be nominated in no more than one genre category, but can also be nominated in the Debut Novel category. — R.C. Ferranteâs series of Neapolitan novels has cemented its place as one of the greatest in modern fiction. — R.C. Toews mines the frustration of caring for someone set on self-destruction, offering a nuanced look at the wrenching questions about the end of life. In 80 or so very short — usually one-page — stories, Rhodes runs through a variety of Seinfeldian routines focused on love, marriage, infidelity, divorce and death. Equal parts borscht soup and Borscht Belt of upstate New York, this first novel replaces the inspirational hype of the great immigrant story with broad comedy about a menagerie of Ukrainian emigres making their way in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Structured like those classic radio dramas during which Dr. Watson would sip Petri Wine and relate an adventure of Sherlock Holmes, the stories here — mysteries set in New England during the 1930s— offer glimpses of bygone small-town life.— M.D. The truth may be stranger than fiction, but as the numerous nonfiction books of 2014 also attest, it's often the truest stories that are the most gripping. of Speculation by Jenny Offill. In some ways, it’s a familiar tale: a lone radical’s picaresque journey through a repressive society ripe for revolution. This literary thriller unfolds over three dramatic days in the summer of 1936 as a mother searches for her missing 3-year-old daughter in a depressed Tennessee town threatened by a flood. Haruki Murakami; translated by Philip Gabriel, Antonio Muñoz Molina; translated by Edith Grossman, By Roberto Bolaño, translated by Natasha Wimmer. Best Books For Fall 2014. — Michael Mewshaw, By Marilynne Robinson (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). of Speculation, Jenny Offill describes the rise and fall â¦ The 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards have three rounds of voting open to all registered Goodreads members. Weâd love your help. A labyrinthine and spellbinding novel of love and war, this story of a Spanish architect who falls passionately for a woman who is not his wife is an elaborate, complicated maze, peppered with historical facts and faces — and one of the most eloquent monuments to the Spanish Civil War ever to be raised in fiction. Voting opens to 15 official nominees, and write-in votes can be placed for any eligible book (see eligibility below). — Elizabeth Hand, COLORLESS TSUKURU TAZAKI AND HIS YEARS OF PILGRIMAGE, By Haruki Murakami; translated by Philip Gabriel (Knopf). As the two imagined realities make contact, forces large and malevolent converge. In this whimsical reimagining of “Snow White” moved to 1950s Massachusetts, Oyeyemi explores the alchemy of racism and the weird ways in which identity can be transmuted in an instant — from beauty to beast, or vice versa. The Girl in â¦ Best fiction books, The Abstainer,Ian McGuire, Beheld, TaraShea Nesbit, The Butterfly Lampshade, Aimee Bender, The Cold Millions Jess Walter, Crooked Hallelujah, Kelli Jo Ford, The Dominant Animal, Kathryn Scanlan, Fiebre Tropical, Juliana Delgado Lopera Michael Berry. — M.D. He has taken up an alarming hobby: DIY genetic engineering. AN UNTAMED STATE By Roxane Gay (Black Cat). Her tactic: to have three male artists exhibit her installations as their own. First published in Australia in 1937, this novel, a beautiful depiction of school life, loneliness and sexual yearning, is one to set beside Joyce’s “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.”— M.D. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. By Derek Howe Smith(Locked Room International), Smith’s stories, set in 1950s England, are works of subtle, highly imaginative intricacy. 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