Booklist Editors' Choice: Adult Books

About the Booklist Editors' Choice: Adult Books
The Adult Books editors have selected the following titles as representative of the year’s outstanding books for public-library collections. Our scope has been intentionally broad, and we have attempted to find books that combine literary, intellectual, and aesthetic excellence with popular appeal.

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NameTitleYear
The Testament of MaryThe Testament of Mary2012 - Selection
Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937–1948Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937–19482012 - Selection
Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–20102012 - Selection
The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom.The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom2012 - Selection
Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human PandemicSpillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic2012 - Selection
The Spark of Life: Electricity in the Human Body.The Spark of Life: Electricity in the Human Body2012 - Selection
The Social Conquest of EarthThe Social Conquest of Earth2012 - Selection
Global Weirdness: Severe Storms, Deadly Heat Waves, Relentless Drought, Rising Seas, and the Weather of the FutureGlobal Weirdness: Severe Storms, Deadly Heat Waves, Relentless Drought, Rising Seas, and the Weather of the Future2012 - Selection
Stag’s LeapStag’s Leap2012 - Selection
New Collected PoemsNew Collected Poems2012 - Selection
The Mansion of HappinessThe Mansion of Happiness2012 - Selection
Thornton WilderThornton Wilder2012 - Selection
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of PowerThomas Jefferson: The Art of Power2012 - Selection
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward CurtisShort Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis2012 - Selection
The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon JohnsonThe Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson2012 - Selection
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.2012 - Selection
Love Song: The Lives of Kurt Weill and Lotte LenyaLove Song: The Lives of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya2012 - Selection
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill; Defender of the Realm, 1940–1965The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill; Defender of the Realm, 1940–19652012 - Selection
Joseph AntonJoseph Anton2012 - Selection
James Joyce: A New BiographyJames Joyce: A New Biography.2012 - Selection
I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen.I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen.2012 - Selection
The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana KingThe Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King2012 - Selection
Barack Obama: The StoryBarack Obama: The Story2012 - Selection
And Bid Him Sing: A Biography of Countée CullenAnd Bid Him Sing: A Biography of Countée Cullen2012 - Selection
American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle ObamaAmerican Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama2012 - Selection
Leonardo and the Last SupperLeonardo and the Last Supper2012 - Selection
The Big Screen: The Story of the MoviesThe Big Screen: The Story of the Movies2012 - Selection
This Is How You Lose HerThis Is How You Lose Her2012 - Selection
Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English VersionFairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version2012 - Selection
Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years among the Poorest Children in AmericaFire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years among the Poorest Children in America2012 - Selection
The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme CourtThe Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court2012 - Selection
Dear LifeDear Life2012 - Selection
Telegraph AvenueTelegraph Avenue2012 - Selection
Sweet ToothSweet Tooth2012 - Selection
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold FryThe Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry2012 - Selection
True BelieversTrue Believers2012 - Selection
SuttonSutton2012 - Selection
SkagboysSkagboys2012 - Selection
The Round HouseThe Round House2012 - Selection
The Lower RiverThe Lower River2012 - Selection
In One PersonIn One Person2012 - Selection
HomeHome2012 - Selection
Gods without MenGods without Men2012 - Selection
Flight BehaviorFlight Behavior2012 - Selection
The Dream of the CeltThe Dream of the Celt2012 - Selection
The CoveThe Cove2012 - Selection
ArcadiaArcadia2012 - Selection
The People’s Pension: The Struggle to Defend Social Security since ReaganThe People’s Pension: The Struggle to Defend Social Security since Reagan2012 - Selection
Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super Rich and the Fall of Everyone ElsePlutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else2012 - Selection
Thunder on the Mountain: Death at Massey and the Dirty Secrets behind Big CoalThunder on the Mountain: Death at Massey and the Dirty Secrets behind Big Coal2012 - Selection
AngelmakerAngelmaker2012 - Selection
AstrayAstray2012 - Selection
The Bartender’s TaleThe Bartender’s Tale2012 - Selection
Beautiful RuinsBeautiful Ruins2012 - Selection
The Beginner’s GoodbyeThe Beginner’s Goodbye2012 - Selection
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk2012 - Selection
Bring Up the BodiesBring Up the Bodies2012 - Selection
By BloodBy Blood2012 - Selection
That’s Not a FeelingThat’s Not a Feeling2012 - Selection
When God Was a RabbitWhen God Was a Rabbit2011 - Selection
The Year We Left HomeThe Year We Left Home2011 - Selection
The Winter PalaceThe Winter Palace2011 - Selection
When She WokeWhen She Woke2011 - Selection
West of HereWest of Here2011 - Selection
Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American NationFounding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation2011 - Selection
Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied ParisDeath in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris2011 - Selection
Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s SchoolsClass Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools2011 - Selection
The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of WaterThe Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water2011 - Selection
The Quantum Story: A History in 40 Moments.The Quantum Story: A History in 40 Moments2011 - Selection
A Planet of VirusesA Planet of Viruses2011 - Selection
Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,000 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of ThemMoby-Duck: The True Story of 28,000 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them2011 - Selection
The Book of Universes: Exploring the Limits of the CosmosThe Book of Universes: Exploring the Limits of the Cosmos2011 - Selection
Dear Prudence: New and Selected PoemsDear Prudence: New and Selected Poems2011 - Selection
Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad RebelsJerusalem: The Biography2011 - Selection
Jerusalem: The BiographyJerusalem: The Biography2011 - Selection
The Greater Journey: American in ParisThe Greater Journey: American in Paris2011 - Selection
Obama on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President.Obama on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President2011 - Selection
Turn of Mind.Turn of Mind2011 - Selection
John Huston: Courage and ArtJohn Huston: Courage and Art2011 - Selection
George F. Kennan: An American LifeGeorge F. Kennan: An American Life2011 - Selection
Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little RockElizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock2011 - Selection
The Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a PresidentThe Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President2011 - Selection
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a WomanCatherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman2011 - Selection
Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon.Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon2011 - Selection
Verdi’s Shakespeare: Men of the TheaterVerdi’s Shakespeare: Men of the Theater2011 - Selection
Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend.Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend.2011 - Selection
The Paper Garden: An Artist (Begins Her Life’s Work) at 72The Paper Garden: An Artist (Begins Her Life’s Work) at 722011 - Selection
Higher Gossip: Essays and CriticismHigher Gossip: Essays and Criticism.2011 - Selection
The Chitlin’ Circuit and the Road to Rock ’n’ RollThe Chitlin’ Circuit and the Road to Rock ’n’ Roll2011 - Selection
33 Revolutions per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, from Billie Holiday to Green Day33 Revolutions per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, from Billie Holiday to Green Day.2011 - Selection
The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Inequality around the GlobeThe Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Inequality around the Globe.2011 - Selection
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood.The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood2011 - Selection
The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to WhiteThe Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to White2011 - Selection
By Colleen Mondor. Publisher: LyonsThe Map of My Dead Pilots: The Dangerous Game of Flying in Alaska2011 - Selection
The Time in BetweenThe Time in Between2011 - Selection
The Secret History of CostaguanaThe Secret History of Costaguana2011 - Selection
Saints and SinnersSaints and Sinners2011 - Selection
Millennium PeopleMillennium People2011 - Selection
The Matchmaker of KenmareThe Matchmaker of Kenmare2011 - Selection
The Marriage PlotThe Marriage Plot2011 - Selection
LuminariumLuminarium2011 - Selection
Lost Memory of SkinLost Memory of Skin2011 - Selection
The Glass DemonThe Glass Demon2011 - Selection
The Forgotten WaltzThe Forgotten Waltz2011 - Selection
FaithFaith2011 - Selection
The Evolution of Bruno LittlemoreThe Evolution of Bruno Littlemore.2011 - Selection
The Empty FamilyThe Empty Family2011 - Selection
Emily, AloneEmily, Alone2011 - Selection
ConquistadoraConquistadora2011 - Selection
Changó’s Beads and Two-Tone ShoesChangó’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes2011 - Selection
The Cat’s TableThe Cat’s Table2011 - Selection
Caleb’s CrossingCaleb’s Crossing2011 - Selection
Broken IrishBroken Irish2011 - Selection
The Art of FieldingThe Art of Fielding2011 - Selection
American BoyAmerican Boy2011 - Selection
1Q841Q842011 - Selection
The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and AchievementThe Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement2011 - Selection
News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American MediaNews for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media2011 - Selection
The Most Human Human: What Talking to Computers Teaches Us about What It Means to Be AliveThe Most Human Human: What Talking to Computers Teaches Us about What It Means to Be Alive2011 - Selection
The Mirage Man: Bruce Ivins, the Anthrax Attacks, and America’s Rush to War.The Mirage Man: Bruce Ivins, the Anthrax Attacks, and America’s Rush to War.2011 - Selection
To Be Sung UnderwaterTo Be Sung Underwater2011 - Selection
The Cello Suites: J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque MasterpieceThe Cello Suites2010 - Selection
The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution That Will Begin The World AgainThe Death and Life of American Journalism2010 - Selection
Handling One Another Along2010 - Selection
Pauline Kael: A Life in the DarkPauline Kael: A Life in the Dark2008 - Selection
Clara and Mr. TiffanyClara and Mr. Tiffany2008 - Selection
2008 booklist editors choice adults2008 - Selection
2007 booklist editors choice adults2007 - Selection
2006 booklist editors choice adults2006 - Selection
2005 booklist editors choice adults2005 - Selection