I’m curious—what are the book or books that you were most moved by or enjoyed the most in 2013? Mine:
1). Detroit: An American Autopsy, by Charlie LeDuff. A sobering and moving account of how a once proud city has fallen, the people who refuse to leave, and those who are trapped in its vortex.
2). The Galton Case, by Ross MacDonald. MacDonald was the mid-20th century heir to the throne of hard-boiled detection held by Chandler and Hammett. His P.I. Lew Archer brings 1950s California to life with prose that is spare, lean, and often darkly funny.
3). Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain. An exploration of how we came to value personality over character, and how introverts can not just cope, but succeed.