HuffPost Editors Select The Best Books Of 2012







Ninety Days: A Memoir of Recovery by Bill Clegg
A raw, honest and very well-written tale of alcoholism and drug abuse by a big-name literary agent.

-Andrew Losowsky, Books Editor



The Yellow Birds: A Novel by Kevin Powers
At its best, it's a lyrical, unpretentious book about the Iraq War.

-Andrew Losowsky, Books Editor



My Heart Is an Idiot: Essays by Davy Rothbart
Big hearted, honest and self-deprecating tales by the co-creator of Found magazine.

-Andrew Losowsky, Books Editor



Lifespan of a Fact by John D'Agata and Jim Fingal
Fascinating examination of the gap between truth and literary truth.

-Andrew Losowsky, Books Editor



Immobility by Brian Evenson
A dark and compelling dystopian vision.

-Andrew Losowsky, Books Editor



Page 1: Great Expectations by GraphicDesign
A reminder that the best book design is as much content as the text.

-Andrew Losowsky, Books Editor



Suddenly, A Knock At The Door by Etgar Keret
Amusing takes on the surreality of reality.

-Andrew Losowsky, Books Editor



Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story
Short stories by the masters of the genre, introduced by some of the biggest names in contemporary literature.

-Andrew Losowsky, Books Editor



The Elephant Keepers' Children by Peter Hoeg
A lovely escapist farce with a serious core.

-Andrew Losowsky, Books Editor



Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room by Geoff Dyer
Dyer's part memoir, part commentary is incredibly artful and engaging.

-Andrew Losowsky, Books Editor



No One is Here Except All Of Us by Ramona Ausubel
An achingly lyrical tale of a Jewish village that chooses to reinvent its entire world to protect themselves against the impending Nazi arrival.

-Andrew Losowsky, Books Editor



Swimming Home by Deborah Levy
Short, simple and haunting.

-Madeleine Crum, Assistant Books Editor



How Should a Person Be?: A Novel from Life by Sheila Heti
Heti's smart, hilarious book is perfect for fans of HBO's "Girls."

-Madeleine Crum, Assistant Books Editor



Farther Away: Essays by Jonathan Franzen
If you haven't read Franzen's nonfiction, it's worth a look - I'd even say it's his strength.

-Madeleine Crum, Assistant Books Editor



Birds of a Lesser Paradise by Megan Mayhew Bergman
These short stories paint our complicated relationship with nature, from the hypocrisy of Greenpeacers to the sometimes animal-like capriciousness of our emotions.

-Madeleine Crum, Assistant Books Editor



American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar
A young boy falls in love while studying the Quran, and battles with the complicated, contradicting emotions that arise.

-Madeleine Crum, Assistant Books Editor



Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton
These gorgeous fragments illustrate the weird world of competitive swimming in a way that is both funny and poetic.

-Madeleine Crum, Assistant Books Editor



As If by Michael Saler
Saler explores the motives behind members of societies devoted to imaginary worlds, such as those created by Tolkien and Doyle, and in doing so uncovers some fascinating truths about society.

-Madeleine Crum, Assistant Books Editor



When I Was a Child I Read Books by Marilynne Robinson
Robinson's nonfiction is as beautiful and engaging as her fiction.

-Madeleine Crum, Assistant Books Editor



Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I hadn't read a thriller since high school, but this book came so highly recommended that I had to read it. It certainly didn't disappoint. This tale of the aftermath of a woman gone missing will keep you up reading all night just so you can get to the very satisfying, very chilling ending.

-Zoë Triska, Associate Books Editor



This is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
I read this book BEFORE I read "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" and it was so amazing that I immediately started reading his earlier work. -Zoë Triska, Associate Books Editor



Penelope by Rebecca Harrington
Rebecca's debut novel is a witty, hilarious take on a girl's freshman year at Harvard (and Rebecca actually went to Harvard, so it's pretty accurate). It'll make you simultaneously miss college and be glad that you've already graduated. Full disclosure: She's the totally amazing College Editor at the Huffington Post.

-Zoë Triska, Associate Books Editor



The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
John Green's funny, touching portrait of a teenage cancer patient's first experience with romance will have you laughing and crying. It might sound corny, but I assure you that it's not.

-Zoë Triska, Associate Books Editor



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there are legit good books on this list. color me surprised.