The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel. “The most important book of the last 25 years,” says culture critic June Thomas.
Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel, is a huge staff fave.
Away by Amy Bloom
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Eminent Victorians, by Lytton Strachey, is the greatest book of the 20th century, at least according to Slate editor David Plotz.
1861 by Adam Goodheart
Blood Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
Last of the Live Nude Girls by Sheila McClear
The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin
Open City by Teju Cole
Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi
Hotel Theory by Wayne Koestenbaum or anything else by him.
In the City of Shy Hunters by Tom Spanbauer
The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit by Lucette Lagnado, a unique portrait of a Jewish Egypt since lost, says Slatest writer Rachael Levy.