Magill's Literary Annual, 2013 Edition

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  • ISBN-13: 9781429838122
  • DDC: 028.1
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
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  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released April 2014
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Magill's Literary Annual critically evaluates 200 major examples of serious literature published during the previous calendar year. The philosophy behind our selection process is to cover works that are likely to be of interest to general readers, that are written by authors being taught in literature programs, and that will stand the test of time. By filtering the thousands of books published every year down to 200 notable titles, the editors have provided the busy librarian with an excellent reader's advisory tool and patrons with fodder for book discussion groups and a guide for choosing worthwhile reading material.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Publisher’s Note.
Complete Annotated List of Titles.
Contributing Reviewers.
1: After Midnight.
2: Alan Lomax.
3: Alfred Kazin’s Journals.
4: All Our Worldly Goods.
5: Almost a Family.
6: Alone Together.
7: American Eden.
8: The Anatomy of Influence.
9: And so It Goes.
10: Apricot Jam.
11: Art and Madness.
12: The Art of Asking Your Boss for a Raise.
13: The Art of Fielding.
14: An Atlas of Impossible Longing.
15: Attack of the Difficult Poems.
16: Bad Intentions.
17: Baseball in the Garden of Eden.
18: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.
19: Beautiful and Pointless.
20: Believing is Seeing.
21: Binocular Vision.
22: Bismarck.
23: The Bitter Waters of Medicine Creek.
24: Blake and the Bible.
25: Blood, Bones, and Butter.
26: Blue Nights.
27: A Book of Secrets.
28: Bowstring.
29: The Brilliant Disaster.
30: The Buddha in the Attic.
31: Bye-and-Bye.
32: Caleb’s Crossing.
33: The Call.
34: The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands.
35: The Chameleon Couch.
36: Changó’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes.
37: Charles Dickens.
38: China in Ten Words.
39: Civilization.
40: Cloud of Ink.
41: Coda.
42: The Cold War.
43: The Color of Night.
44: Come and See.
45: Confessions of a Young Novelist.
46: Conversations with Scorsese.
47: The Convert.
48: A Covert Affair.
49: Crazy U.
50: Culture of One.
51: The Curfew.
52: Dante in Love.
53: Devotions.
54: Don’t Shoot.
55: The Drop.
56: A Drop of the Hard Stuff.
57: The Eichmann Trial.
58: 1861.
59: Electric Eden.
60: 11/22/63.
61: Elizabeth Bishop and the New Yorker.
62: Embassytown.
63: Emily, Alone.
64: An Empty Room.
65: Endgame.
66: The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore.
67: The Fates will Find Their Way.
68: The Fear.
69: Feeding on Dreams.
70: Field Gray.
71: The Fifth Witness.
72: The Forgotten Founding Father.
73: Founding Gardeners.
74: 1493.
75: The Girl in the Blue Beret.
76: The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress.
77: G. K. Chesterton.
78: Grand Pursuit.
79: The Greater Journey.
80: The Great Night.
81: Great Soul.
82: The Great Stagnation.
83: The H.D. Book.
84: Heat Wave.
85: Hemingway’s Boat.
86: The Hemlock Cup.
87: The Hidden Reality.
88: Horoscopes for the Dead.
89: The Illumination.
90: The Immortalization Commission.
91: In Other Worlds.
92: In the Garden of Beasts.
93: Into the Silence.
94: Iphigenia in Forest Hills.
95: A Jane Austen Education.
96: J. D. Salinger.
97: Jerusalem.
98: Joan Mitchell.
99: Joe Dimaggio.
100: Just One Catch.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: The Keats Brothers.
2: The King James Bible.
3: The Land at the End of the World.
4: Last Man in Tower.
5: Lee Krasner.
6: The Leftovers.
7: The Lessons.
8: The Letters of Ernest Hemingway.
9: Liberty’s Exiles.
10: Life Itself.
11: Life on Mars.
12: Malcolm X.
13: The Marriage Plot.
14: Metropole.
15: Micro.
16: Miss New India.
17: Modigliani.
18: Moonwalking with Einstein.
19: Mr. Fox.
20: Music for Silenced Voices.
21: My Father’s Fortune.
22: My New American Life.
23: Nanjing Requiem.
24: Never Say Die.
25: The Night Circus.
26: Night Soul and Other Stories.
27: Nod House.
28: No Regrets.
29: Once Upon a River.
30: On China.
31: One Day I will Write about this Place.
32: One Hundred Names for Love.
33: 1Q84.
34: One was a Soldier.
35: Open City.
36: Orientation.
37: Otherwise Known as the Human Condition.
38: The Pale King.
39: The Paper Garden.
40: A People of One Book.
41: The Philosophical Breakfast Club.
42: Please Look after Mom.
43: The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction.
44: The Prague Cemetery.
45: The Preacher.
46: The Psychopath Test.
47: Pulphead.
48: Pym.
49: Reading My Father.
50: Redeemers.
51: Rodin’s Debutante.
52: Sacred Trash.
53: The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party.
54: Say Her Name.
55: The Seamstress and the Wind.
56: The Selected Stories of Mercè Rodoreda.
57: Seven Years.
58: The Shadow of What We Were.
59: She-Wolves.
60: Silver Sparrow.
61: A Singular Woman.
62: The Sly Company of People who Care.
63: Smoking Typewriters.
64: Sobbing Superpower.
65: The Social Animal.
66: Songs of Kabir.
67: Space, in Chains.
68: The Splendor of Portugal.
69: Steve Jobs.
70: Stone Arabia.
71: The Stranger’s Child.
72: The Summer without Men.
73: Swamplandia!.
74: The Swerve.
75: Swim Back to Me.
76: Tabloid City.
77: Taller when Prone.
78: The Tiger’s Wife.
79: To End All Wars.
80: Tolstoy.
81: Tough without a Gun.
82: Townie.
83: The Tragedy of Arthur.
84: Traveler.
85: The Trouble Ball.
86: The Troubled Man.
87: Twice a Spy.
88: The Uncoupling.
89: Unseen Hand.
90: Vaclav and Lena.
91: We, the Drowned.
92: We Others.
93: When the Killing’s Done.
94: Widow.
95: A Widow’s Story.
96: Words Made Fresh.
97: The Words of Others.
98: The Wrong War.
99: You and Three Others are Approaching a Lake.
100: You Think That’s Bad.
Category Index.
Title Index.
Author Index.
Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Publisher's Note.
Complete Annotated List of Titles.
Contributing Reviewers.
1: Across the Land and the Water: Selected Poems, 1964–2001.
2: Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation.
3: The Age of Miracles.
4: All We Know: Three Lives.
5: America the Philosophical.
6: And When She Was Good.
7: The Angel Esmeralda.
8: Angelmaker.
9: Arcadia.
10: Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama.
11: As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964–1980.
12: Back to Blood.
13: Barack Obama: The Story.
14: The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600–1675.
15: Beautiful Ruins.
16: Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity.
17: Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations.
18: Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal.
19: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.
20: Birds of a Lesser Paradise.
21: Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories.
22: The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds.
23: Blue Monday.
24: The Book of Mormon: A Biography.
25: Both Flesh and Not.
26: The Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir.
27: A Brief History of Thought: A Philosophical Guide to Living.
28: Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet.
29: Bring Up the Bodies.
30: Building Stories.
31: Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance: A portrait in Black And White.
32: The Cat's Table.
33: The Chemistry of Tears.
34: City: A Guidebook For the Urban Age.
35: City of Fortune: How Venice Ruled the Seas.
36: The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America.
37: Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat.
38: The Cove.
39: Cronkite.
40: A Darker Shade of Blue.
41: Darwin's Ghosts: The Secret History of Evolution.
42: Daytripper.
43: Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child.
44: Dear Life.
45: Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris.
46: Defending Jacob.
47: Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New Old West.
48: Detroit City is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis.
49: The Devil in Silver.
50: The Devotion of Suspect X.
51: Diaries.
52: A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman.
53: The Dog Stars.
54: Don't Ever Get Old a Mystery.
55: Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power.
56: Drifting House.
57: Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America.
58: The End of Your Life Book Club.
59: End This Depression Now!.
60: The Expats.
61: Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version.
62: Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity.
63: Farther Away.
64: Fast Animal.
65: The Fault in Our Stars.
66: Flight Behavior.
67: The Forgiven.
68: Full Body Burden: Growing up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats.
69: The Game of Boxes.
70: The Games.
71: Garbology: Our Love Affair with Trash.
72: Gods without Men.
73: Gold.
74: Gone Girl.
75: The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace.
76: The Great Divide: Nature and Human Nature in the Old World and the New.
77: Gypsy Boy: My Life in the Secret World of the Romany Gypsies.
78: Hagar Before the Occupation / Hagar After the Occupation.
79: Half-Blood Blues.
80: Happiness Is a Chemical in the Brain.
81: The Happiness of Pursuit: What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About the Good Life.
82: Heavenly Bodies.
83: Heretic Queen: Queen Elizabeth I and the Wars of Religion.
84: Hidden America: From Coal Miners to Cowboys, an Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country Work.
85: The Historic Unfulfilled Promise.
86: A Hologram for the King.
87: Home.
88: Hope: A Tragedy.
89: Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind.
90: House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East.
91: How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.
92: How It All Began.
93: How Music Works.
94: How Should a Person Be?.
95: The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln.
Title Page.
1: I Am an Executioner: Love Stories.
2: I Am Forbidden.
3: The Ice Balloon: S. A. Andrée and the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration.
4: I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen.
5: The Infinite Tides.
6: The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the media.
7: In Heaven As It Is on Earth: Joseph Smith and the Early Mormon Conquest of Death.
8: In One Person.
9: The Inquisitor.
10: In Sunlight and in Shadow.
11: Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944–1956.
12: It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership.
13: James Joyce: A New Biography.
14: Joseph Anton: A Memoir.
15: June Fourth Elegies.
16: Just Send Me Word: A True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag.
17: The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, “Portrait of Adele BlochBauer”.
18: The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965.
19: The Last Nude.
20: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew.
21: Leonardo and the Last Supper.
22: Life after Death.
23: Life Goes On.
24: The Light between Oceans.
25: Lincoln's Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union.
26: Lionel Asbo: State of England.
27: Magnificence.
28: Mao: The Real Story.
29: The Map and the Territory.
30: Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves.
31: Meme.
32: The Middlesteins.
33: Mortality.
34: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore.
35: Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady.
36: My Poets.
37: Narcopolis.
38: The Newlyweds.
39: Night of the Republic.
40: No One Is Here Except All of Us.
41: No Time Like the Present.
42: NW.
43: On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson.
44: The Orchardist.
45: The Orphan Master's Son.
46: Our Kind of People: A Continent's Challenge, a Country's Hope.
47: The Passage of Power.
48: People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo—and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up.
49: Perla.
50: Poems 1962–2012.
51: The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future.
52: Pure.
53: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking.
54: Ragnarök: The End of the Gods.
55: Raised from the Ground.
56: Red on Red.
57: Reinventing Bach.
58: Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation.
59: The Rocks Don't Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah's Flood.
60: The Round House.
61: Running the Rift.
62: The Sandcastle Girls.
63: The Second World War.
64: Seven Houses in France.
65: Shiloh, 1862: The First Great and Terrible Battle of the Civil War.
66: Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy.
67: Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Words of Edward Curtis.
68: The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—but Some Don't.
69: The Solitary House.
70: The Song of Achilles.
71: Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier.
72: Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic.
73: Stag's Leap.
74: State of Wonder.
75: The Street Sweeper.
76: Strom Thurmond's America.
77: Summer Lies.
78: Sweet Tooth.
79: Telegraph Avenue.
80: The Testament of Mary.
81: There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra.
82: These Days Are Ours.
83: Thinking the Twentieth Century.
84: 38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier's End.
85: This Is How You Lose Her.
86: Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power.
87: To Free a Family: The Journey of Mary Walker.
88: Trackers.
89: Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe.
90: The Twilight War: The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict With Iran.
91: The Uninvited Guests.
92: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.
93: Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places.
94: The Voice Is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac.
95: We're Flying.
96: What Comes Next.
97: What We Talk about When We Talk about Anne Frank.
98: When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail.
99: When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God.
100: When I Was a Child I Read Books.
101: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?.
102: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.
103: Winter Journal.
104: The Yellow Birds.
105: Zoobiquity: What Animals Can teach Us about Health and the science of Healing.
Category Index.
Title Index.
Author Index.