Best of 2013

It’s hard to believe that another year has passed, but 2014 is nipping at our heels. And, though we’re suffering through another round of “best-of-the-year” lists, we thought one more wouldn’t hurt (or, at least not much).

Each year we make a list of the books TFPL owns which are featured in three different “Best” authorities:, Publisher’s Weekly, and the New York Times. From these three, we feel we get a great overview of books that mattered to both reviewers and readers. Of course, there’s always a little bit of overlap, but it’s also fun to see which books seem to have been chosen out of the blue. Check one of our lists to see if your favorite made it this year:

The following books showed up on all three lists, which means they are worth a read. See if you agree.



Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

MaddAddam: A Novel by Margaret Atwood

Schroder: A Novel by Amity Gaige

The Signature of All Things: A Novel by Elizabeth Gilbert

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel by Anthony Marra

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders



Thank You For Your Service by David Finkel

A House in the Sky: A Memoir by Amanda Lindhout

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer


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