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Detail from the cover of The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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 Ocean at the End of the Lane By Neil Gaiman (William Morrow, $27.99)

Neil Gaiman's latest, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, will vindicate his old fans and win new converts. A story both about childhood and the losses that herald its ending, it may be his best in some time.

4. The Silver Star By Jeannette Walls (Scribner, $29.99)

5. The Rosie Project By Graeme Simison (HarperCollins, $19.99)

Globe Books described – a novel about an exceedingly rational guy sidelined by that most irrational of emotions – as "crackling with wit and boasting an almost perfectly calibrated heartbreak-to-romance ratio."

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. 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.

8. 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?

9. The Spark By Kristine Barnett (Random House Canada, $29.95)

10. Wreck This Journal By Keri Smith (Perigee Trade, $16)