Plus the best books of 2013, "The Flamethrowers," "White Girls," "The Unwinding" and a whole lot more.
It’s been a good year for books. Cute kitties may dominate the web, but good writers are breaking out all over. Critics are smiling. Readers, too. We’ve got a big John Dos Passos-style American deep dive in George Packer’s "The Unwinding." Motorcyles and avant-garde art in Rachel Kushner’s "The Flamethrowers." Men down, in Jesmyn Ward’s "The Men We Reaped." White girls in Hilton Als’ "White Girls." A freed slave and John Brown in James McBride’s "The Good Lord Bird." And a whole lot more. This hour On Point: the best books, great reads, of 2013.
-- Tom Ashbrook
From Tom's Reading List
Slate: The Overlooked 2013 — "The Slate Book Review runs just 15 pieces a month. But when 33 books are publishedevery hour, it’s hard to keep up. We asked SBR writers what 2013 titles they felt were criminally underappreciated. Check out the buried treasures they unearthed."
Huffington Post: Best Books Of 2013 — "This year has introduced us to more engaging reading material than we could have thought to ask for. By fall, our bedside tables and workspaces began to resemble physical manifestations of W.H. Auden's required reading syllabus, in the most wonderful and nightmarish way possible. Happily, and aided by plenty of coffee, we persevered, and this is what we discovered: innovative short story collections shaking up our notions of form and convention, much-awaited epic novels that absolutely live up to their hype, and illuminating reporting on everything from illegal foods to L. Ron Hubbard. "
National Journal: The Best Political Books We Read In 2013 — "It's not very creative to pick the National Book Award winner as your favorite read of the year, but whatever, it's that good. In his book, Packer manages to tell countless stories about the country's economic transformations from characters actually living through them."
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This program aired on December 13, 2013.