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Here, in no particular order, is The Globe and Mail's annual Globe 100 best books of the year.


Folk, by Jacob McArthur Mooney

Methodist Hatchet, by Ken Babstock

Origami Dove, by Susan Musgrave

Killdeer, by Phil Hall


The Guardians, by Andrew Pyper

Don't Be Afraid, by Steven Hayward

By Love Possessed, by Lorna Goodison

Bride of New France, by Suzanne Desrochers

And Also Sharks, by Jessica Westhead

Into the Heart of the Country, by Pauline Holdstock

The Free World, by David Bezmozgis

Every Time We Say Goodbye, by Jamie Zeppa

Underground, by Antanas Sileika

Better Living Through Plastic Explosives, by Zsuzsi Gartner

Quiver, by Holly Luhning

Our Daily Bread, by Lauren B. Davis

Alone in the Classroom, by Elizabeth Hay

Dogs at the Perimeter, by Madeleine Thien

The Thirteen, by Susie Moloney

The Meagre Tarmac, by Clark Blaise

Miss New India, by Bharati Mukherjee

Monoceros, by Suzette Mayr

The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick deWitt

Vital Signs, by Tessa McWatt

A World Elsewhere, by Wayne Johnston

Exit, by Nelly Arcan, translated by David Scott Hamilton

The Cat's Table, by Michael Ondaatje

The Perfect Order of Things, by David Gilmour

The Antagonist, by Lynn Coady

Half-Blood Blues, by Esi Edugyan

A Good Man, by Guy Vanderhaeghe

The Little Shadows, by Marina Endicott

Infrared, by Nancy Huston

The Time We All Went Marching, by Arley McNeney


The Empty Family, by Colm Tóibín

Mr. Chartwell, by Rebecca Hunt

The Cardboard Valise, by Ben Katchor

Bullfighting, by Roddy Doyle

The Uncoupling, by Meg Wolitzer

Witches on the Road Tonight, by Sheri Holman

The Tragedy of Arthur, by Arthur Phillips

The Forgotten Waltz, by Anne Enright

Before I Go to Sleep, by S.J. Watson

Long Time, No See, by Dermot Healy

A Dance with Dragons, by George R.R. Martin

Disaster was My God: A Novel of the Outlaw Life of Arthur Rimbaud, by Bruce Duffy

The Magician King, by Lev Grossman

The Grief of Others, by Leah Hager Cohen

The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern

The Emperor of Lies, by Steve Sem-Sandberg

The Great Leader: A Faux Mystery, by Jim Harrison, Anansi

The Stranger's Child, by Alan Hollinghurst

1Q84, by Haruki Murakami, translated by Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel

Ragnarok: The End of the Gods, by A.S. Byatt

11/22/63, by Stephen King


The Memory Palace, by Mira Bartók

The Magnetic North, by Sara Wheeler, Farrar

Tiger, Tiger, by Margaux Fragoso

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, by Joshua Foer

Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War, by Annia Ciezadlo

The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood, by James Gleick

Tommy Douglas, by Vincent Lam

Esther: The Remarkable True Story of Esther Wheelwright – Puritan Child, Native Daughter, Mother Superior, by Julie Wheelwright

Here on Earth: A Natural History of the Planet, by Tim Flannery

Who Killed Mom?: A Delinquent Son's Meditation on Family, Mortality and Very Tacky Candles, by Steve Burgess

One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing, by Diane Ackerman

The Immortalization Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death, by John Gray

Paying for It, by Chester Brown

The Last Act: Pierre Trudeau, the Gang of Eight, and the Fight for Canada, by Ron Graham

The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution, by Francis Fukuyama

The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A Canadian Story of Resilience and Recovery, by Andrew Westoll

Say Her Name, by Francisco Goldman

To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918, by Adam Hochschild

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin, by Erik Larson

The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry, by Jon Ronson

Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, by David Eagleman

Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, by Carmen Aguirre

Phoenix: The Life of Norman Bethune, by Roderick and Sharon Stewart

Born Liars: Why We Can't Live Without Deceit, by Ian Leslie

The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime, by Judith Flanders

The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of the New India, by Siddhartha Deb

Taking My Life, by Jane Rule

Little Comrades, by Laurie Lewis

Arguably: Essays, by Christopher Hitchens

Empire of the Beetle: How Human Folly and a Tiny Bug are Killing North America's Great Forests, by Andrew Nikiforuk

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, by Stephen Greenblatt

Winter: Five Windows on the Season – the CBC Massey Lectures, by Adam Gopnik

MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus, by Art Spiegelman

Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World, by Michael Lewis

Why Not?: Fifteen Reasons to Live, by Ray Robertson

Nation Maker: Sir John A. Macdonald: His Life, Our Times, Volume Two: 1867 -1891 , by Richard Gwyn

The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son and a Suit, by JJ Lee

Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson

Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe, by Charlotte Gill

The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945, by Ian Kershaw

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, by Susan Orlean

Blue Nights, by Joan Didion

Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman

DarkMarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops and You, by Misha Glenny

When the Gods Changed: The Death of Liberal Canada, by Peter C. Newman