Best Books Season Begins

PW Best Books

Kicking off the evaluations of the best books of the year, Publishers Weekly releases its list in the upcoming issue, PW’s 101 Best Books of 2013, including lists of the top ten (featured on the cover is Hanya Yanagihara, author of The People in the Trees, RH/Doubleday).

Amazon could claim to have the first list, since they published their “Best Books of the Year So Far” in June, but we’ll go with this one as the first  list for the full year.

We will  track the lists as they arrive and create a spreadsheet of all the major picks.

PW’s Top Ten, 2013


The Good Lord Bird, James McBride, (Penguin/Riverhead); also a National Book Award Finalist

The Silence and the Roar, Nihad Sirees, (Other Press)

Sea of Hooks, Lindsay Hill, (McPherson & Co.)

The People in the Trees, Hanya Yanagihara, (RH/Doubleday; Dreamscape)  

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra, (RH/Hogarth; Thorndike)


Dirty Wars, Jeremy Scahill, (Nation Books; Blackstone)

Lost Girls, Robert Kolker, (Harper)

Miss Anne in Harlem, Carl Kaplan, (Harper)

Going Clear, Lawrence Wright, (RH/Knopf; RH Audio; BOT), also a National Book Award Finalist

Men We Reaped, Jesmyn Ward, (Macmillan/Bloomsbury; Thorndike)

One Response to “Best Books Season Begins”

  1. Robin Says:

    Thanks Nora for doing this each year. I am glad you are again doing the spreadsheet even though I know it’s a lot of work. It really helps me create the library’s best books list.