2012 Books


HELP!: How to Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done, Oliver Burkeman

Kurt Vonnegut: Letters, Dan Wakefield (ed.)

Sports Illustrated The Hockey Book

A Season in Time: Super Mario, Killer, St. Patrick, the Great One, and the Unforgettable 1992-93 NHL Season, Todd Denault

38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier’s End, Scott W. Berg

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness. Susannah Cahalan

Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!: More Magical Tales from the Author of God, No!, Penn Jillette

The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking, Oliver Burkeman

Zeitoun, Dave Eggers

A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers

More Lives Than One: A Biography of Hans Fallada, Jenny Williams

Slow Apocalypse, John Varley

Hard Bop: Jazz and Black Music 1955-1965, David H. Rosenthal

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Knife Thrower: and Other Stories, Steven Millhauser

The Testament of Mary, Colm Tóibín

Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, Jon Ronson

The Untold History of the United States, Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick

One for the Books, Joe Queenan

The Round House, Louise Erdich

This Is How You Lose Her, Junot Díaz

The Dinner, Herman Koch

The Lost History of 1914: Reconsidering the Year the Great War Began, Jack Beatty

Dying Inside, Robert Silverberg

The Turing Test, Chris Beckett

Tesla: Man Out of Time, Margaret Cheney

Sweet Tooth, Ian McEwan

Brooklyn Zoo: The Education of a Psychotherapist, Darcy Lockman

Bruce, Peter A. Carlin

Infinite West: Travels in South Dakota, Fraser Harrison

Playing With Fire, Theo Fleury

The Yellow Birds, Kevin Powers

Who I Am, Pete Townshend

Life After Death, Damien Echols

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan

Waging Heavy Peace, Neil Young

Joseph Anton: A Memoir, Salman Rushdie

It’s Fine By Me, Per Petterson

The Winter War, Antti Tuuri

January First: A Child’s Descent into Madness and Her Father’s Struggle to Save Her. Michael Schofield

No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden, Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer

500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars, Kurt Eichenwald

Sorry Please Thank You: Stories, Charles Yu

Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy, John Julius Norwich

Among Others, Jo Walton

Fobbit, David Abrams

Mortality, Christopher Hitchens

The Apex Book of World SF 2, Lavie Tidhar (ed.)

Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius, Bill Milkowski

Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn

The Visible Man, Chuck Klosterman

The Fall of the Stone City, Ismail Kadare

We Sinners, Hanna Pylväinen

Winter Journal, Paul Auster

Arctic Rising, Tobias S. Buckell

The Dog Stars, Peter Heller

Eastern Inferno: The Journals of a German Panzerjäger on the Eastern Front, 1941-43, Christine Alexander and Mason Kunze (eds.)

In the Shadow of the Banyan, Vaddey Ratner

The Prisoner of Heaven< /a>, Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Testament of Jessie Lamb, Jane Rogers

A Case of Exploding Mangoes, Mohammed Hanif

Red Plenty, Francis Spufford

Year Zero, Rob Reid

Vlad, Carlos Fuentes

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco

Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster, Kristen Johnston

Your Republic Is Calling You, Young-Ha Kim

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

Brothers, Asko Sahlberg

The Age of Miracles, Karen Thompson Walker

The Case of Comrade Tulayev, Victor Serge

Thomas World, Richard Cox

Phantoms on the Bookshelves, Jacques Bonnet

The Absolutist, John Boyne

Book Lust To Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers, Nancy Pearl

True Believers, Kurt Andersen

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln, Stephen L. Carter

Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety, Daniel Smith

Journalism, Joe Sacco

Comic Books and the Cold War, 1946-1962: Essays on Graphic Treatment of Communism, the Code and Social Concerns, Chris York and Rafiel York (eds.)

Amped, Daniel H. Wilson

Against God, Patrick Senecal

The Rules of the Tunnel: A Brief Period of Madness, Ned Zeman

The Dark Monk, Oliver Pötzsch

The Investigation, Phillipe Claudel

With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful, Glenn Greenwald

The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X and Alex Haley

A Mercy, Toni Morrison

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Ben Fountain

Ready Player One, Ernest Cline

Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas, John Scalzi

Assignment to Hell: The War Against Nazi Germany with Correspondents Walter Cronkite, Andy Rooney, A.J. Liebling, Homer Bigart, and Hal Boyle, Timothy M. Gay

The Martians Have Landed!: A History of Media-Driven Panics and Hoaxes, Robert Bartholomew and Benjamin Radford

The Colonel, Mahmoud Dowlatabadi

The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll’s Best-Kept Secret, Kent Hartman

A Land More Kind Than Home, Wiley Cash

Intrusion, Ken MacLeod

A Life on Paper: Stories, Georges-Olivier Chateaureynaud

X-Events: The Collapse of Everything, John Casti

I Suck at Girls, Justin Halpern

Home, Toni Morrison

East of the West: A Country in Stories, Miroslav Penkov

How to Build an Android: The True Story of Philip K. Dick’s Robotic Resurrection, David F. Dufty

Leon Trotsky: A Revolutionary’s Life, Joshua Rubenstein

Who Is That Man?: In Search of the Real Bob Dylan, David Dalton

The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness, Lori Schiller and Amanda Bennett

The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms, Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The Brummstein, Peter Adolphsen

Akhenaten: Dweller in Truth, Naguib Mahfouz

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed

Roadside Picnic, Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

The Lady and the Peacock: The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi, Peter Popham

The Sky Conducting, Michael Seidlinger

The Spinoza Problem, Irvin D. Yalom

Thirst, Andrei Gelasimov

HHhH, Laurent Binet

Forgotten Fatherland: The True Story of Nietzsche’s Sister and Her Lost Aryan Colony, Ben Macintyre

The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr, H.W. Brands

Angelmaker, Nick Harkaway

The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness, Elyn R. Saks

The Good Father, Noah Hawley

Starman: The Truth Behind the Legend of Yuri Gagarin, Jamie Doran

Lowboy, John Wray

Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America, Gilbert King

Guilt: Stories, Ferdinand von Schirach

The Mirage Matt Ruff

Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large, William Shatner

Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West, Blaine Harden

Night Sessions, Ken MacLeod

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President, Candice Millard

The Land of Later On, Anthony Weller

Summer of ’68: The Season That Changed Baseball–and America–Forever, Tim Wendel

By Blood, Ellen Ullman

Arcadia, Lauren Groff

The Devil in the Flesh, Raymond Radiguet

Gods Without Men, Hari Kunzru

Killing the Black Dog: A Memoir of Depression, Les Murray

Living with a Black Dog: His Name Is Depression, Matthew Johnstone

The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, Katherine Boo

The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right, Arthur Goldwag

Supreme Courtship, Christopher Buckley

All That I Am, Anna Funder

Defending Jacob, William Landay

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain

A Hidden Madness, James T.R. Jones

The Commandant: An Account by the First Commanding Officer of Auschwitz, Rudolf Hoess

The Orphan Master’s Son, Adam Johnson

The Memory Palace, Mira Bartok

The Evening Hour, Carter Sickels

Tolstoy: A Russian Life, Rosamund Bartlett

To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918, Adam Hochschild

The Flame Alphabet, Ben Marcus

The Druggist of Auschwitz: A Documentary Novel, Dieter Schlesak

The Fat Years, Chan Koonchung

From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant, Alex Gilvarry

Purgatory, Tomás Eloy Martínez

Mail-Order Mysteries: Real Stuff from Old Comic Book Ads!, Kirk Demarais

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Restoration Game, Ken MacLeod

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, Robert K. Massie

Eva Braun: Life with Hitler, Heike B. Gortemaker