"Top picks" are books recommended by a critical mass of our contributors. This year's are divided by fiction and non-fiction. We also include hundreds of additional selections in our fiction, non-fiction and old favorites lists below.
Fiction Top Picks:
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo. "Reads like fiction, amazing story and characters." And: "Unbelievable book - kept thinking it had to be fiction. It was so brutal."
The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life by Jasmin Darznik. “After her father dies, the author discovers a photo of her Mom at age 13 in a wedding dress - with a man who is not her father. The book is the story of her mother's forced marriage in Iran and her efforts to build a life - it certainly made me glad that my daughters are growing up in America.” Another contributor called it “Fascinating and well-written.”