Category Archives: Best Books of the Year

What I Came to Tell You, by Tommy Hays (2013)

(nb: I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley) Picture Perfect: Loss, Love, and The Art of Healing “What I Came to Tell You” shows a family imploding in grief, and how they find redemption in learning they … Continue reading

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Jimmy Stewart: The Biography, by Michael Mann (2013)

A Beautifully Rendered Portrait of a Wonderful Life There are few—if any—actors in the annals of American film like Jimmy Stewart. In films like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “Harvey,”–even his darker films, like Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Could See Demons, by Carolyn Jess-Cooke (2013)

“The Boy Who Could See Demons” is named Alex Connolly. He’s ten-years-old, and lives in a decrepit council house in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His mother, Cindy, has serious problems. She loves Alex, but she can barely take care of herself. … Continue reading

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Alex, by Pierre Lemaitre (2013)

(nb: I received an advance review copy from the publisher via NetGalley) An Unputdownable Thriller Alex is a young woman in Paris, a pretty girl, full of life. One night, after she’s eaten a nice dinner, a giant of a … Continue reading

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Jenny Rat, by Martin Simons (2013)

Redeeming Each Other (nb: I received a review copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley) Last summer, I had an abscess. It kept swelling and hurting until I finally went to the doctor. He had to cut into … Continue reading

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The Panopticon, by Jenni Fagan (2013)

“The Panopticon” is one of the best-written, saddest, most-moving and triumphant coming-of-age novels I’ve ever read—easily one of the best books of 2013—and I have absolutely no damned idea how to review it. I love books like that, books that … Continue reading

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Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, by Reza Aslan (2013)

A History Unlike Any Other I can’t think of a book whose text I’ve highlighted more than Reza Aslan’s fascinating new biography, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.” There are so many incredible points I’d never thought … Continue reading

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