Best Books 2012: More of the Best

Quiet1217

After LJ’s editors chose our Top Ten of the year, we still some had titles we felt strongly about. Here are 16 more can’t-miss books from 2012. Cain, Susan. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Crown. ISBN 9780307352149. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780307452207. PSYCH This book makes me want to […]

Best Books 2012: Young Adult Literature for Adults

The Drowned Cities

Every year, it feels more difficult to declare any group of books for teens to be the “best,” particularly when considering the appeal to an adult audience. Best for whom? Best at what? Nevertheless, in a field crowded with superlatives, these ten stand out. Whether through quality prose or the flawless execution of an ambitious […]

Best Books 2012: Thrillers

Trust your eyes

By Jeff Ayers Barclay, Linwood. Trust Your Eyes. NAL: Penguin Group (USA). ISBN 9780451237903. $25.95; eISBN 9781101602713. Ray Kilbride cares for his schizophrenic brother, Thomas, who is obsessed with a computer program similar to Google Street View called Whirl360.com. When Thomas witnesses a murder online, the brothers uncover a deadly conspiracy. An exhilarating and breathtaking […]

Best Books 2012: Mysteries

Force of nature

See Best Books 2012: Thrillers Box, C.J. Force of Nature: A Joe Pickett Novel. Putnam. ISBN 9780399158261. $25.95; eISBN 9781101561157. Fugitive Nate Romanowski’s rogue past returns to haunt him as cold-blooded assassins pursue him over three states, ending up in game-ranger Pickett’s Wyoming backyard. With falconry as a running metaphor, this is a stunningly fresh […]

Best Books 2012: Romance

Firelight

From historical to paranormal to sassy contemporary and romantic suspense, the top romance of 2012 will make you fall in love with the genre

Best Books 2012: Christian Fiction

Her Amish Man

Bates, Erin. Her Amish Man. Gallery: S. & S. ISBN 9781451662092. pap. $15; eISBN 9781451662108. A young woman on the run rediscovers her Amish maternal roots and finds love. Bates blends romance and suspense in this fresh take on an overcrowded genre. (LJ 11/15/12) Byrd, Sandra. The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr. Howard […]

Best Books 2012: Science Fiction/Fantasy

The Black Opera

Gentle, Mary. The Black Opera. Night Shade. ISBN 9781597802192. pap. $15.95; eISBN 9781597804158. A pair of librettists pit their musical talents against each other in a magical duel that will either save or destroy the world in an alternate 19th-century Naples. Attention to period detail and an understanding of opera make this a one-of-a-kind historical […]

Best Books 2012: Graphic Novels

Are You My Mother

Bechdel, Alison. Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama. Houghton Harcourt. ISBN 9780618982509. $22. Using literature and psychoanalysis as twin lenses, Bechdel examines her own and her mother’s interwoven lives in a complex, almost dizzying tour de force of storytelling. More than matching her acclaimed Fun Home for its blend of drama, poignancy, and humor, […]

Best Books 2012: Street Lit

Animal

K’wan. Animal. Cash Money Content, dist. by Atria: S. & S. ISBN 9781936399253. pap. $14.99; eISBN 9781936399260. Given their author’s unmatched ear for street talk and talent for bringing gritty characters to life, K’wan’s “Hood Rat” stories make up one of the best series in urban fiction. His latest plot will draw readers into an […]

Best Books 2012: Historical Fiction

Rav Hisda's Daughter

By Jane Henrickson Baird Anton, Maggie. Rav Hisda’s Daughter, Bk. 1: Apprentice: A Novel of Love, the Talmud, and Sorcery. Plume: Penguin Group (USA). ISBN 9780452298095. pap. $16; eISBN  9781101603451. Complex discussions of Jewish law and tradition as well as detailed descriptions of the culture and customs of the times enhance this wonderful story of […]

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