The American Library Association’s Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) recently announced its selections for 2013′s most outstanding titles. Representing the judgments of collection development, readers’ advisory (RA), and reference librarians, these awards are unique in the pantheon of “best” lists. Click on the hotlinks for annotations, read-alikes, listen-alikes, and honor titles. This week, general fiction and nonfiction are listed. Next week’s Wyatt’s World will focus on reference.
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Americanah. (Knopf).
Atkinson, Kate. Life After Life. (Reagan Arthur: Little, Brown).
Danticat, Edwidge. Claire of the Sea Light. (Knopf).
Garey, Juliann. Too Bright To Hear Too Loud To See. (Soho).
Harding, Paul. Enon. (Random).
Jansma, Kristopher. Unchangeable Spots of Leopards. (Viking).
Koch, Herman. The Dinner. (Hogarth: Crown).
Marra, Anthony. Constellation of Vital Phenomena. (Hogarth: Crown).
Messud, Claire. The Woman Upstairs. (Knopf).
Ozeki, Ruth. Tale for the Time Being. (Viking).
Tartt, Donna. The Goldfinch. (Little, Brown).
Anderson, Scott. Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East. (Doubleday).
Baruma, Ian. Year Zero: A History of 1945. (Penguin Pr.).
Basbanes, Nicholas. On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand Year History. (Knopf).
Beam, Cris. To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care. (Houghton Harcourt).
Brown, Daniel James. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. (Viking).
Fink, Sheri. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital. (Crown).
Fox, Margalit. The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest To Crack an Ancient Code. (Ecco: HarperCollins).
Garfield, Simon. On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks. (Gotham).
Hilburn, Robert. Johnny Cash: The Life. (Little, Brown).
Koerner, Brendan I. The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking. (Crown).
Morell, Virginia. Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures. (Crown).
Schlosser, Eric. Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety. (Penguin Pr.).
Solnit, Rebecca. Faraway Nearby. (Viking).
Koertge, Ron. The Ogre’s Wife: Poems. (Red Hen).
May, Jamaal. Hum. (Alice James).
The Sophie Brody Award
Halevi, Yossi Klein. Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation. (HarperCollins).
The Reading List
Adrenaline: Matthews, Jason. Red Sparrow. (Scribner).
Fantasy: Schwab, V.E.. Vicious. (Tor).
Historical Fiction: Kent, Kathleen. The Outcasts. (Little, Brown).
Horror: Nevill, Adam. Last Days. (St. Martin’s).
Mystery: Morrell, David. Murder as a Fine Art. (Mulholland).
Romance: Dare, Tessa. Any Duchess Will Do. (Avon).
Science Fiction: McIntosh, Will. Love Minus Eighty. (Orbit).
Women’s Fiction: Moyes, Jojo. Me Before You. (Pamela Dorman: Viking)
The Listen List
Baker, Jo. Longbourn. Narrated by Emma Fielding. (Books on Tape/Random Audio).
Brooks, Max. World War Z: The Complete Edition. Narrated by a full cast. (Books on Tape/Random Audio).
Brown, Daniel James. The Boys in the Boat. Narrated by Edward Herrmann. (Recorded Bks./Penguin Audio).
Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee. Oleander Girl. Narrated by Sneha Mathan. (Recorded Bks./S.& S. Audio).
Ephron, Nora. Heartburn. Narrated by Meryl Streep. (Books on Tape/Random Audio).
Gaiman, Neil. The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Narrated by Neil Gaiman. (Harper Audio).
Gilbert, Elizabeth. The Signature of All Things. Narrated by Juliet Stevenson. (Blackstone Audio/Penguin Audio).
Heyer, Georgette. The Grand Sophy. Narrated by Sarah Woodward. (Naxos Audiobooks).
Kay, Guy Gavriel. River of Stars. Narrated by Simon Vance. (Recorded Bks./Penguin Audio).
Meyer, Philipp. The Son. Narrated by Will Patton, Scott Shepherd, Kate Mulgrew, and Clifton Collins Jr. (Harper Audio).
Russell, Karen. Vampires in the Lemon Grove. Narrated by Arthur Morey, Joy Osmanski, Kaleo Griffith, Jesse Bernstein, Mark Bramhall, Michael Bybee, Romy Rosemont, and Robbie Daymond. (Books on Tape/Random Audio).
Trollope, Anthony. The Warden. Narrated by David Shaw-Parker. (Naxos Audiobooks).