2013 Best Books of the Year: George Saunders Lists His Favorite Reads of 2013

We asked authors to name their favorite title published in 2013, and to recommend two other books from their shelves.

George Saunders

High Rise Stories

High Rise Stories edited by Audrey Petty


I really loved High Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing (McSweeney’s Books) edited by Audrey Petty. It’s a series of edited first-person accounts of people who lived in Cabrini-Green, the Taylor Homes, and other projects in Chicago -- such a deep look at the human heart under duress, and a reminder that, even under pressure, we are always seeking goodness.
A People's Tragedy

A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924 by Orlando Figes


If you’ve ever wondered, "How did those Russians ever get into a state where they were killing each other on the street and cannibalizing and dragging each other way to secret prisons?" this book will give you the answer: they did it by enduring a long condition of extreme inequity, and then behaving just the way we would under those circumstances.
Patriotic Gore

Patriotic Gore: Studies in the Literature of the American Civil War by Edmund Wilson


An amazing survey of the literature of the Civil War, with one of the most daring and edgy introductions ever.

Read George Saunders's National Book Award short-listed collection of short stories, Tenth of December

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Read 2013 Best of the Year Celebrity Picks from:

Kate Atkinson
Kate Atkinson
David Baldacci
David Baldacci
Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain
Ree Drummond
Ree Drummond
Delia Ephron
Delia Ephron
Ina Garten
Ina Garten
Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert
John Green
John Green
Khaled Hosseini
Khaled Hosseini
John Irving
John Irving
Thomas Keller
Thomas Keller
Jeff Kinney
Jeff Kinney
Rob Lowe
Rob Lowe
George R.R. Martin
George R.R. Martin
Colum McCann
Colum McCann
Philipp Meyer
Philipp Meyer
Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
Yotam Ottolenghi
Yotam Ottolenghi
Deb Perelman
Deb Perelman
Rick Riordan
Rick Riordan
Veronica Roth
Veronica Roth
George Saunders
George Saunders
Helene Wecker
Helene Wecker
Meg Wolitzer
Meg Wolitzer
Markus Zusak
Markus Zusak


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