Celebrate #WorldBookDay with our list of best books

March 7, 2013

In honor of World Book Day, we’ve chosen five worthwhile reads from our best books guide.

Fiction picks:

Hilary Mantel's "Bring Up the Bodies" (Henry Holt & Co.)
Hilary Mantel’s “Bring Up the Bodies” (Henry Holt & Co.)

English author Hilary Mantel followed up her 2009 Booker Prize-winning “Wolf Hall” with another Booker winner, “Bring up the Bodies.” The second installment in the Thomas Cromwell trilogy details his brutal efforts to end the failing marriage between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.

Ben Fountain won a National Book Critics Circle Award for his darkly comic war novel  “Billy Lynn’s Long Half Time Walk.”  It’s sure to please any fan of “Catch-22.”

Raina Telgemeier first became famous for her autobiographical graphic novel “Smile” in 2010. Her newest offering “Drama” is about a teenager facing middle-school drama both on stage and in class.

 

Nonfiction picks:

"Behind the Beautiful Flowers" by Katherine Boo (Random House)
“Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo (Random House)

“Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai City” by Katherine Boo follows the lives of squatters living in a tiny slum in India’s largest city as they wend their way through corruption and governmental indifference.

Anthony Shadid’s “House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East ” explores how he devoted himself to restoring his great-grandfather’s home in Lebanon. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Shadid wrote the book shortly before he died in 2012, at 43, on assignment in Syria for the New York Times.

 

 

Here’s our full list of 2012′s must reads:

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