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New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2013


100 Notable Books of 2013

In a December 2013 issue of the New York Times Book Review, the editors included their list of the 100 most notable books released in 2013. This is that list, broken up into Fiction and Non-Fiction entries. All books in this list which are owned by Lincoln City Libraries are hotlinked to their entries in our library catalog, so that you may check on their current availability.

Titles not owned by the libraries are included in order to represent the complete list correctly. If you see a title on this list that is not hotlinked to our collection, please consider ordering it through our Interlibrary Loan department.


imageThe Accursed
by Joyce Carol Oates

imageAll That Is
by James Salter

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

imageBleeding Edge
by Thomas Pynchon

noimageChildren Are Diamonds: An African-American Apocalypse
by Edward Hoagland

imageThe Circle
by Dave Eggers

imageClaire of the Sea Light
by Edwidge Danticat

imageThe Color Master: Stories
by Aimee Bender

imageA Constellation of Vital Phenomenon
by Anthony Marra

imageThe Dinner
by Herman Koch

imageDirty Love
by Andre Dubus III

imageDissident Gardens
by Jonathan Lethem

imageDoctor Sleep
by Stephen King

by Kathryn Davis

imageThe End of the Point
by Elizabeth Graver

imageThe Flamethrowers
by Rachel Kushner

imageThe Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt

imageThe Good Lord Bird
by James McBride

imageA Guide to Being Born: Stories
by Ramona Ausubel

noimageHalf the Kingdom
by Lore Segal

noimageI Want to Show You More: Stories
by Jamie Quatro

imageThe Impossible Lives of Greta Wells
by Andrew Sean Greer

imageThe Infatuations
by Javier Marias

imageThe Interestings
by Meg Wolitzer

imageLife After Life
by Kate Atkinson

imageLocal Souls: Novellas
by Allan Gurganus

by Jo Baker

imageLove, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish
by David Rakoff

imageThe Lowland
by Jhumpa Lahiri

imageThe Luminaries
by Eleanor Catton

by Margaret Atwood

imageA Marker to Measure Drift
by Alexander Maksik

noimageMetaphysical Dog
by Frank Bidart

noimageOur Andromeda
by Brenda Shaughnessy

by Amity Gaige

imageThe Signature of All Things
by Elizabeth Gilbert

by Alice McDermott

imageThe Son
by Phillipp Meyer

imageThe Sound of Things Falling
by Juan Gabriel Vasquez

by J.M. Ledgard

imageSubtle Bodies
by Norman Rush

imageTenth of December: Stories
by George Saunders

imageThe Twelve Tribes of Hattie
by Ayana Mathis

imageThe Two Hotel Francforts
by David Leavitt

imageThe Valley of Amazement
by Amy Tan

imageWant Not
by Jonathan Miles

imageWe Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
by Karen Joy Fowler

imageWe Need New Names
by NoViolet Bulawayo

imageWoke Up Lonely
by Fiona Manzel

imageThe Woman Upstairs
by Claire Messud


imageAfter the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead
by Alan S. Blinder [330.973 Bli]

imageThe American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives
by Sasha Abramsky [362.5 Abr]

imageThe Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675
by Bernard Ballyn

noimageThe Billionaire’s Apprentice: The Rise of the Indian-American Elite and the Fall of the Galleon Hedge Fund
by Anita Raghavan [ not in Lincoln City Libraries ]

imageThe Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide
by Gary J. Bass [327.54 Bas]

imageBook of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
by Jill Lepore [Biography Mecom]

imageThe Boy Detective: A New York Childhood
by Roger Rosenblatt [Biography Rosenblatt]

imageThe Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
by Doris Kearns Goodwin [973.911 Goo]

imageThe Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine’s Deepest Mystery
by George Johnson [616.994 Joh]

imageCatastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War
by Max Hastings [940.311 Has]

imageCommand and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety
by Eric Schlosser [363.17 Sch]

imageCountry Girl: A Memoir
by Edna O’Brien [Biography O’Brien]

imageDays of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House
by Peter Baker [973.931 Bak]

noimageEcstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877
by Brenda Wineapple [ not in Lincoln City Libraries ]

imageEmpress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China
by Jung Chang [Biography Cixi]

imageThe Faraway Nearby
by Rebecca Solnit [Biography Solnit]

imageFive Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
by Sheri Fink [362.11 Fin]

imageGoing Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
by Lawrence Wright [299.936 Wri]

imageThe Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945
by Rick Atkinson [940.542 Atk]

imageThe Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince
by Jane Ridley

imageA House in the Sky
by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett [Biography Lindhout]

noimageJonathan Swift: His Life and His World
by Leo Damrosch [ not in Lincoln City Libraries ]

imageKnocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Death
by Katy Butler [155.937 But]

imageLawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
by Scott Anderson [940.41 And]

imageLean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead
by Sheryl Sandberg with Neil Scovell [Biography Sandberg]

imageLost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery
by Robert Kolker [364.152 Kol]

noimageMadness, Rack and Honey: Collected Lectures
by Mary Ruefle [ not in Lincoln City Libraries ]

imageManson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson
by Jeff Guinn [Biography Manson]

imageMargaret Fuller: A New American Life
by Megan Marshall [Biography Fuller]

imageMen We Reaped: A Memoir
by Jesmyn Ward [Biography Ward]

imageMiss Anne in Harlam: The White Women of the Black Renaissance
by Carla Kaplan [700.92 Kap]

imageMy Beloved World
by Sonya Sotomayor [Biography Sotomayor]

imageMy Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
by Ari Shavit [956.94 Sha]

imagePatrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure
by Artemis Cooper [Biography Fermor]

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

imageThe Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking
by Brendon L. Koerner [364.155 Koe]

imageThe Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914
by Christopher Clark [940.311 Cla]

imageThe Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way
by Amanda Ripley [370.9 Rip]

imageThank You For Your Service
by David Finkel [362.86 Fin]

imageThe Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream
by Thomas Dyja [977.311 Dyj]

imageThis Town – Two Parties and a Funeral – Plus Plenty of Valet Parkin – in America’s Gilded Capital
by Mark Leibovich [975.3 Lei]

imageThose Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War I, 1939-1941
by Lynne Olson [940.53 Ols]

noimageTo Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism
by Evgeny Morozov [ not in Lincoln City Libraries ]

imageTo the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care
by Cris Beam [362.733 Bea]

noimageUnthinkable: Iran, the Bomb and American Strategy
by Kenneth M. Pollack [ not in Lincoln City Libraries ]

imageThe Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
by George Packer [973.924 Pac]

imageThe War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914
by Margaret MacMillan [940.311 Mac]

by Sonali Deraniyagala [Biography Deraniyagala]

imageWild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America
by Jon Mooallem [333.952 Moo]

imageYear Zero: A History of 1945
by Ian Buruma [940.53 Bur]

Compiled September 2014 sdc | Last updated November 2016 sdc