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2013 Winter Reading

The weather outside has turned frightful, which means it's time to hunker down with a good book. Whether you seek a novel to get lost in, nonfiction to learn from or short stories and poetry that will get you thinking, we've got suggestions to get you through the cold, dark days ahead. We round up favorites from 2013 and find out what you're reading now.

Winter Reading Recommendations

Whether you're looking for a gift or a new read to get you through the winter season, our literary critics pick the best novels, short stories and nonfiction of the year.

E. Ethelbert Miller's Picks

Image of Levels of Life
by Julian Barnes
Knopf

Image of Yarn: Remembering the Way Home
by Kyoko Mori
GemmaMedia

Image of Love for Sale and Other Essays
by Clifford Thompson
Autumn House Press

Image of The Blessing: A Memoir
by Gregory Orr
Council Oak Books

Image of Mad Dog, Black Lady
by Wanda Coleman
Black Sparrow Press,U.S.

Image of Wash
by Margaret Wrinkle
Grove Press

Barbara Hoffert's Picks

Image of Dark Lies the Island: Stories
by Kevin Barry
Graywolf Press

Image of The Lion Seeker
by Kenneth Bonert
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Image of Scratching the Ghost: Poems
by Dexter L. Booth
Graywolf Press

Image of Stay, Illusion: Poems
by Lucie Brock-Broido
Knopf

Image of Claire of the Sea Light
by Edwidge Danticat
Knopf

Image of Bellman & Black: A Novel
by Diane Setterfield
Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Image of The Woman Who Lost Her Soul
by Bob Shacochis
Atlantic Monthly Press

Mary Kay Zuravleff's Picks

Image of Man Alive!: A Novel
by Mary Kay Zuravleff
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Image of The Interestings
by Meg Wolitzer
Riverhead Hardcover

Image of Tinderbox: A Novel
by Lisa Gornick
Sarah Crichton Books

Image of And the Mountains Echoed
by Khaled Hosseini
Riverhead Hardcover

Image of The Leftovers
by Tom Perrotta
St. Martin's Press

Image of Tenth of December: Stories
by George Saunders
Random House

Image of The Color Master: Stories
by Aimee Bender
Doubleday

Image of Seraphina
by Rachel Hartman
Random House Books for Young Readers

Image of My Beloved World
by Sonia Sotomayor
Knopf

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