2013 Books


The Good Lord Bird, James McBride

When It Gets Dark: An Enlightened Reflection on Life with Alzheimer’s, Thomas DeBaggio

The Unwords: Exposing the Dishonest Language of a Culture in Decline, Non Nomen

Paranoia, Victor Martinovich

Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living, Nick Offerman

Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker, Stanley Crouch

The Secret Museum: Some Treasures Are Too Precious to Display, Molly Oldfield

Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes, Tom Rath

Orr: My Story, Bobby Orr

Read This!: Handpicked Favorites from America’s Indie Bookstores, Hans Weyandt (ed.)

Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields, Wendy Lower

Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile, Nate Jackson

Where the Moon Isn’t, Nathan Filer

At Night We Walk in Circles, Daniel Alarcón

Opium Fiend: A 21st Century Slave to a 19th Century Addiction, Steven Martin

The Martian, Andy Weir

Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless, Greta Christina

Vietnam: The Real War: A Photographic History by the Associated Press

The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Goring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII, Jack El-Hai

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, Sheri Fink

The Returned, Jason Mott

Eastern Europe!: Everything You Need to Know About the History (and More) of a Region that Shaped Our World and Still Does, Tomek Jankowski

The Hired Man, Aminatta Forna

Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life, Graham Nash

And Man Created God: A History of the World at the Time of Jesus, Selina O’Grady

Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident, Bill Ayers

The Suicide Shop, Jean Teule

If Kennedy Lived: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History, Jeff Greenfield

Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir, Linda Ronstadt

Losing My Mind: An Intimate Look at Life with Alzheimer’s, Thomas DeBaggio

Burial Rites, Hannah Kent

The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind–and Changed the History of Free Speech in America, Thomas Healy

The Atheist’s Bible: An Illustrious Collection of Irreverent Thoughts, Joan Konner (ed.)

The Shelter Cycle, Peter Rock

The Deserters: A Hidden History of World War II, Charles Glass

Familiar, J. Robert Lennon

The Happy Atheist, PZ Myers

Leave of Absence Tanya J. Peterson

Brewster, Mark Slouka

The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory, Jesse Walker

Swastika Night, Katharine Burdekin

Byzantium: Stories, Ben Stroud

Pilgrim’s Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier. Tom Kizzia

Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson, Jeff Guinn

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Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery, Robert Kolker

Sparta, Roxana Robinson

The Collini Case, Ferdinand von Schirach

A Religious Orgy in Tennessee: A Reporter’s Account of the Scopes Monkey Trial, H.L. Mencken

Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life: A Book by and for the Fanatics Among Us, Steve Almond

The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking, Brendan I. Koerner

An Armenian Sketchbook, Vasily Grossman

In Times of Fading Light, Eugen Ruge

The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code, Margalit Fox

Human Game: The True Story of the ‘Great Escape’ Murders and the Hunt for the Gestapo Gunmen, Simon Read

The Cassandra Project, Jack McDebitt and Mike Resnick

Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes, Tamim Ansary

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, Reza Aslan

The Universe Versus Alex Woods, Gavin Extence

Christian Nation, Frederic C. Rich

The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, a Son, and the CIA, Scott C. Johnson

Youth Without God, Ödön von Horváth

The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, Christopher Hitchens

The Execution of Noa P. Singleton, Elizabeth L. Silver

A Short History of Nuclear Folly, Rudolph Herzog

Equilateral, Ken Kalfus

Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing, Melissa Mohr

The Humans, Matt Haig

Life After Life, Kate Atkinson

Return to Cassino: A Memoir of the Fight for Rome, Harold L. Bond

The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honor and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century, Joel F. Harrington

Doomsday Wing, George Henry Smith

The Long Earth, Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

Monte Cassino: Ten Armies in Hell, Peter Caddick-Adams

The Wasp Factory, Iain Banks

Fringe – The Zodiac Paradox, Christa Faust

A Writer at War: A Soviet Journalist with the Red Army, 1941-1945, Vasily Grossman

The Burning of Cherry Hill, A.K. Butler

Omon Ra, Victor Pelevin

Dawn, Octavia Butler

The Panopticon, Jenni Fagan

The Doors: Unhinged, John Densmore

Army of Evil: A History of the SS, Adrian Weale

North of Twelfth Street: The Changing Face of Sioux Falls Neighborhoods, Tom Dempster and Gary Olson

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, Mary Roach

The File on H., Ismail Kadare

Introducing Sartre, Philip Thody

Crossing the Line, Derek Sanderson

The Soiling of Old Glory: The Story of a Photograph That Shocked America, Louis P. Masur

Traveler of the Century, Andrés Neuman

Can’t Find My Way Home: America in the Great Stoned Age, 1945-2000, Martin Torgoff

The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, Kristopher Jansma

The Childhood of Jesus, J.M. Coetzee

The Office of Mercy, Ariel Djanikian

Fringe: September’s Notebook, Tara Bennett and Paul Terry

Diary of a Man in Despair, Friedrich Reck

Life Goes On, Hans Keilson

The Pope Who Quit: A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvation, Jon M. Sweeney

After Visiting Friends: A Son’s Story, Michael Hainey

Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked, James Lasdun

Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea, Mark Kurlansky

Good God, Johnny: A Christian Journey to the Third Millennium< , J.J. Spankston The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church, John Thavis

Prophet of Bones, Ted Kosmatka

The Favored Daughter: One Woman’s Fight to Lead Afghanistan into the Future, Fawzia Koofi

Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956, Anne Applebaum

The Violinist’s Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code, Sam Kean

A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest J. Gaines

Errantry: Strange Stories, Elizabeth Hand

Gulag Boss: A Soviet Memoir, Fyodor Mochulsky

The Double, José Saramago

The Accident, Ismail Kadare

The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows, Brian Castner

God’s Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World, Cullen Murphy

Chronicle of a Blood Merchant, Yu Hua

Entanglement, Zygmunt Miloszewski

The Torch, Jack Bechdolt

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, Alfred Lansing

The Post-Office Girl, Stefan Zweig

1861: The Civil War Awakening, Adam Goodheart

The Train, Georges Simenon

The Explorer, James Smythe

Sucker’s Portfolio: A Collection of Previously Unpublished Writing, Kurt Vonnegut

Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead, Frank Meeink and Jody Roy

How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer, Sarah Bakewell

Bright Before Us, Katie Arnold-Ratliff

Tears in Rain, Rose Montero

Finding Atlantis: A True Story of Genius, Madness, and an Extraordinary Quest for a Lost World, David King

Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See, Juliann Garey

The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

Fringe-ology: How I Tried to Explain Away the Unexplainable-And Couldn’t, Steve Volk

Russia: A 1000-Year Chronicle of the Wild East, Martin Sixsmith

Breakaway: From Behind the Iron Curtain to the NHL–The Untold Story of Hockey’s Great Escapes, Tal Pinchevsky

Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy, Douglas Smith