Books of the Year

3. Annie Proulx - Barkskins

'...From Annie Proulx, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain, comes her masterwork: an epic, dazzling, violent, magnificently, dramatic novel about the taking down of the world's forests...' She could stop after this one, but you can always hope for one more.

2. Ethan Canin - The Doubter's Almanac

'...In this mesmerizing novel, Ethan Canin, the author of "America America" and "The Palace Thief," explores the nature of genius, rivalry, ambition, and love among multiple generations of a gifted family...' This book is also a joy to read from a writing standpoint as much as it is from a plot standpoint.

1. Michael Chabon - Moonglow

I'm going to drop this one in at the top because it's Michael Chabon and that means it's probably better than anything else out this year, and that can be said because David Mitchell didn't release a book this year. It's part novel, part autobiography, part memoir, part biography, and it's all good. It's to savor from the characters and story to the literary work on display.