1. And the Mountains Echoed By Khaled Hosseini (Viking Canada, $30)
2. Joyland By Stephen King (Hard Case Crime, $12.95)
Who says everything’s online these days? Stephen King has decreed that his new novel, a house-of-horrors romp set in a 1970s amusement park, is to be available only as a good old-fashioned book made of paper. And the sales numbers suggest it’s a smart strategy.
3. The Silver Star By Jeannette Walls (Scribner, $29.99)
4. 419 By Will Ferguson (Penguin Canada, $20)
5. Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls By David Sedaris (Little, Brown, $30)
Sedaris’s latest collection of humour writing isn’t just funny, it’s also wise. Sedaris’s powers of observation make the banal and absurd equally touching, with tragedy and comedy co-mingling in perfect miniature set pieces.
6. The Son By Philipp Meyer (Ecco, $21.99)
Reviewed in this edition of Globe Books, Philipp Meyer’s The Son is a Western that transcends its genre. “While it is an undeniably American book, it reaches far beyond those borders, becoming instead a thoroughly universal story of the darker powers at work in our hearts.”
7. The Rosie Project By Graeme Simison (HarperCollins, $19.99)
8. The Spark By Kristine Barnett (Random House Canada, $29.95)
9. Wild By Cheryl Strayed (Vintage, $18.95)
She hit rock bottom and then she hit the trail – the Pacific Crest Trail. Cheryl Strayed’s thousand-mile journey in the wake of her destroyed marriage and mother’s death is told with grit and humour. Look, Nick Hornby liked it. What more do you want?
10. Plutocrats By Chrystia Freeland (Doubleday Canada, $32.95)
Are we moving toward “a universe in which a few geniuses invent Google, and the rest of us are employed giving them massages”? Freeland, a former editor at The Globe and Mail, discusses the reasons for, and possible dangers of, the rise of the ultra-rich.