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
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.