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

(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.

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)
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