Posted by Ben Pfeiffer on Dec 4, 2012
This Sunday, The Kansas City Star published their list of the 100 most important books of 2012. Of course, I don’t agree with all of them, and neither will you—still, I contributed a few, and I’d encourage anyone and everyone to pick them up and peek between the covers. Particularly, of course, those I would endorse, books I loved when I read them: Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon, You Came Back by Christopher Coake, Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins, and The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty.
From my editor, Steve Paul:
If you think books have begun the inevitable death spiral in the overcrowded circus of our entertainment culture, here’s a reminder that much is alive and well in the world of literature and reading.
Our contributing reviewers, friends and other avid readers who helped compile The Kansas City Star’s Top 100 Books of 2012 had no trouble finding passion, quality and transporting armchair experiences to highlight.
This year seemed an especially big one for fiction and our top picks — the books that stand out as the best of the best — include an unexpected and eclectic range of page-turning hits, somber emotional journeys, suspenseful escapades and cogent, firecracker satire.
Inside you also will find recommended reading in nonfiction, history, biography and poetry as well as books for young readers. There are enough books here to make it through the coming winter, a season made warm by climate change, fireplaces and/or the power of words on page and screen.