The New York Times released its annual list of the 10 Best Books of the year.
Maile Meloy’s Both Ways is the only way I want it tops the list of the five fiction titles. In this collection of short stories mostly set in the American West, Meloy explores the themes of love, family and friendship through the lives of small town lawyers, ranchers, doctors and children.
Richard Holmes’s The Age of Wonder: How the romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science claimed the first spot on the nonfiction list. In this intellectual history of the early 19th century in Britain, Holmes explores the connection between scientific curiosity and poetic invention of the Romantic generation. Other titles in the nonfiction group include The Good Soldiers by David Finkel, LIT: a memoir by Mary Karr, LORDS OF FINANCE: the bankers who broke the world by Liaquat Ahamed and RAYMOND CARVER: a writer’s life by Carol Sklenicka.