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Best Books Of 2012: The Complete List

NPR | Nov. 30, 2012 1:41 p.m. | Updated: Dec. 1, 2012 8:21 a.m.

Use the list below to browse NPR’s Best Books Of 2012 recommendations. Each critic’s list is presented separately. Click on the article names to read our critics’ comments about the books.


Graphic Novels That Flew Under The Radar In 2012
Recommended by Glen Weldon

The Crackle of the Frost, by Lorenzo Mattotti and Jorge Zentner, hardcover, 118 pages, Fantagraphics, list price $19.99

Little White Duck: A Childhood in China, by Andres Vera Martinez and Na Liu, paperback, 96 pages, Graphic Universe, list price $9.95

Drama, by Raina Telgemeier, paperback, 233 pages, GRAPHIX, list price $10.99

Gloriana, by Kevin Huizenga, hardcover, 96 pages, Drawn and Quarterly, list price $19.95

Saga 1, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, paperback, 160 pages, Image Comics, list price $9.99

Wonder Woman 1: Blood, by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang, paperback, 160 pages, DC Comics, list price $14.99

Short Stories To Savor On A Winter Weekend
Recommended by Jane Ciabattari

Blasphemy, by Sherman Alexie, hardcover, 465 pages, Grove Press, list price $27

What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, by Nathan Englander, hardcover, 207 pages, Knopf, list price $24.95

The Doctor’s Wife, by Luis Jaramillo, paperback, 158 pages, Dzanc Books, list price $14.95

Dear Life, by Alice Munro, hardcover, 319 pages, Knopf, list price $26.95

Battleborn, by Claire Vaye Watkins, hardcover, 288 pages, Riverhead Hardcover, list price $25.95

Librarian Nancy Pearl’s Picks For The Omnivorous Reader
Recommended by Nancy Pearl

The Towers of Trebizond, by Rose Macaulay, paperback, 277 pages, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, list price $15

America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation, by David Goldfield, paperback, 632 pages, Bloomsbury Press, list price $20

We Learn Nothing, by Tim Kreider, hardcover, 221 pages, Free Press, list price $20

Heft, by Liz Moore, paperback, 352 pages, W. W. Norton & Company, list price $15.95

Among Others, by Jo Walton, paperback, 302 pages, Tor Books, list price $14.99

The Double Game, by Dan Fesperman, hardcover, 355 pages, Knopf, list price $26.95

Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein, hardcover, 343 pages, Hyperion Book CH, list price $16.99

A Wintry Mix: Alan Cheuse Selects The Season’s Best
Recommended by Alan Cheuse

The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food & Drink, by Kevin Young, hardcover, 319 pages, Bloomsbury USA, list price $25

Christmas at Eagle Pond, by Donald Hall and Mary Azarian, hardcover, 78 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, list price $14.95

Memorial: A Version of Homer’s Iliad, by Alice Oswald, hardcover, 90 pages, W. W. Norton & Company, list price $24.95

The Life of Objects, by Susanna Moore, hardcover, 239 pages, Knopf, list price $25

Merge / Disciple, by Walter Mosley, hardcover, 288 pages, Tor Books, list price $24.99

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