- Heroic Measures by Jill Ciment. This old couple and their dog won my heart. Simply charming.
- Acts of Faith by Philip Caputo. A big, challenging thriller centered around the dark side of the aid game in Africa.
- For Rouenna by Sigrid Nunez. So much is said here and yet the pages are few. A Vietnam book for people who don't like Vietnam books.
- The Year of Living Dangerously by C.J. Koch. A really great book that has been overshadowed by the film. Deals obliquely with the germs of genocide and makes sense of acts that are impossible to justify.
- Lit by Mary Karr. She's largely responsible for the memoir craze, and this last addition shows why.
- The Hungry Tide by Amitov Ghosh. A good story set in an exotic, fascinating location, the Sunderban archipelago.
- Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson. Beautiful and haunting from start to finish.
- A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. Plays with form, but there's substance here, too.
- American Rust by Philipp Meyer. A good old-fashioned sort of book, in the tradition of the great American novel.
- Notes from No Man's Land by Eula Biss. A collection of smart essays.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Watership Down by Richard Adams