Best books, from then and now

On Monday’s show, Kerri Miller and Washington Post books editor Ron Charles talked about the best books of the year. We invited comments about best books of all time and best books by less-known authors.

Here are the books mentioned during the show:

“Constellation of Vital Phenomena,” by Anthony Marra

“The Snow Child,” By Eowyn Ivey

“The Fifth Business,” by Robertson Davies

“The Accursed,” by Joyce Carol Oates

“We Were the Mulvaneys,” by Joyce Carol Oates

“The Falls,” by Joyce Carol Oates

“The Good Lord Bird,” by James McBride

“The Cloudsplitter,” by Russell Banks

“Stoner,” by John Williams

“The Name of the Rose,” by Umberto Eco

“Wool,” by Hugh Howey

“The Inheritance Cycle,” by Christopher Paolini

“The Iliad,” by Homer

“The Goldfinch,” by Donna Tartt

“The Emperor’s Children,” by Clair Messud

“The Woman Upstairs,” by Claire Messud

“This Town,” by Mark Leibovitch

“Want Not,” by Jonathan Miles

“The Flamethrowers,” by Rachel Kushner

“The Dream of Scipio,” by Iain Pears

“State of Wonder,” by Ann Patchett

“Ender’s Game,” by Orson Scott Card

“The Screwtape Letters,” by C.S. Lewis

“The Purpose Driven Life,” by Rick Warren

“Surfacing,” by Margaret Atwood

“Freedom,” by Jonathan Franzen

“John Dies at the End,” by David Wong

“Books of Blood,” by Clive Barker

“The Empty Chair,” by Bruce Wagner

“Vatican Waltz,” by Roland Merullo

“Jane Eyre,” by Charlotte Bronte

“Transatlantic,” by Colum McCann

  • Mark

    I highly recommend Hotel Oneira (poems) by August Kleinzahler and Battleborn (short stories) by Claire Vaye Watkins.