10 books we’ve loved this year

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/ ) - ‘House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East’ by Anthony Shadid
  • (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/ ) - ‘House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East’ by Anthony Shadid
  • (Ecco/ ) - ’Canada’ by Richard Ford
  • (Random House/ ) - ’Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity’ by Katherine Boo
  • (Henry Holt & Co./ ) - ’Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel’ by Hilary Mantel

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/ ) - ‘House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East’ by Anthony Shadid

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BRING UP THE BODIES , by Hilary Mantel (Henry Holt, $28). Mantel follows up her Booker-winning “Wolf Hall” with another tale of Thomas Cromwell, who plots to end the failing marriage between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.

CANADA , by Richard Ford (Ecco, $27.99). A magnificent novel about the young son of two inept bank robbers.

HOUSE OF STONE: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East , by Anthony Shadid (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26). The late American foreign correspondent rebuilds a house his great-grandfather owned in Lebanon.

MARIGOLD: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam , by James G. Hershberg (Stanford Univ., $39.50). U.S. policymakers missed an opportunity to end the Vietnam War in 1966, instead opting for a bombing campaign that led to seven more years of war and domestic upheaval.

MANHUNT: The Ten-Year Search for bin Laden — From 9/11 to Abbottabad , by Peter L. Bergen (Crown, $26). Even with the media saturation of these events, Bergen manages to make the story of Osama bin Laden’s end into a real-life thriller.

THE PRESIDENTS CLUB: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity, by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy (Simon & Schuster, $32.50). The special relationships among America’s post-World War II presidents.

THE SONG OF ACHILLES , by Madeline Miller (Ecco, $25.99). A moving retelling of Homer’s “Iliad,” about love and war — and the roots of revenge.

THE
STONECUTTER
, by Camilla Lackberg (Pegasus, $25.95) Lackberg may be the heir to Agatha Christie, and her richly textured mystery of a spate of murders in a fishing village adds to that claim.

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