The Year's Best Books: Our Critic's Picks Fresh Air's book critic looks back at a busy year and selects the books that linger in memory as the calendar page turns. Her favorite fiction included Richard Russo's Bridge of Sighs, Min Jin Lee's Free Food for Millionaires, and Last Night at the Lobster, by Stewart O'Nan.
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The Year's Best Books: Our Critic's Picks

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The Year's Best Books: Our Critic's Picks

The Year's Best Books: Our Critic's Picks

The Year's Best Books: Our Critic's Picks

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Fresh Air's book critic looks back at a busy year and selects the books that linger in memory as the calendar page turns.

Her favorite fiction:

  • Richard Russo's Bridge of Sighs
  • Min Jin Lee's Free Food for Millionaires
  • Stewart O'Nan's Last Night at the Lobster
  • Roddy Doyle's Paula Spencer
  • Salley Vickers' The Other Side of You
  • Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach
  • Fred Vargas' Wash This Blood from My Hands
  • Ann Patchett's Run
  • Philip Roth's Exit Ghost

Nonfiction picks:

  • A.M Homes' The Mistress' Daughter
  • Clare Tomalin's Thomas Hardy
  • Arnold Rampersad's Ralph Ellison: A Biography