Best Books of 2012 Hilary Mantel, Dave Eggers among picks from New York Times By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Nov 30, 2012 3:29 PM CST Updated Dec 2, 2012 7:29 AM CST 4 comments Comments Hilary Mantel, winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, poses for the photographers with a copy of her book 'Bring up the Bodies', in October. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (Newser) – The editors of the New York Times book review have made their picks for the year's best fiction and nonfiction works. A sampling: Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel: Her novel about Henry VIII won the Man Booker Prize, just like its predecessor. Building Stories, Chris Ware: This graphic novel "enriches the form by breaking it apart." A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers: "A riff on middle-class decline that approaches Beckett in its absurdist despair." The Passage of Power, Robert A. Caro: The author's latest entry in his exhaustive biography of Lyndon Johnson. The Patriarch, David Nasaw: A "sprawling, arresting account" of Joseph P. Kennedy. Click for the full list of 10, which includes an exploration of why the world exists.