Notables 2014 : RUSA’s Adult List

January 29, 2014

The Reference and User Services Association publishes a list of notables books for adults and we have the title information for 2014, thanks to Terry Beck and Nancy Messenger.  The RUSA website should be publishing these soon as well.  As the site explains,

Since 1944, the goal of the Notable Books Council has been to make available to the nation’s readers a list of 25 very good, very readable, and at times very important fiction, nonfiction, and poetry books for the adult reader.

The list includes some exceptional literature.  I’m posting the fiction and non-fiction here.  Many of these titles are book kits as well, or likely will be soon. I am purchasing at least two copies of the audio of each title if we didn’t already own it and can acquire it. 


Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi.  Americanah.  Knopf.

Atkinson, Kate.  Life After Life.  Reagan Arthur Books.

Danticat, Edwidge.  Claire of the Sea Light.  Knopf.

Garey, Juliann.  Too  Bright to Hear Too Loud to See. Random House.

Harding, Paul.  Enon.  Random House.

Jansma, Kristopher.  Unchangeable Spots of Leopards. Viking.

Koch, Herman.  The Dinner.  Hogarth.

Marra, Anthony.  Constellation of Vital Phenomena. Hogarth.

Messud, Claire. The Woman Upstairs.  Knopf.

Ozeki, Ruth.  Tale for the Time Being.  Viking.

Tartt, Donna.  Goldfinch.  Little, Brown.


Anderson, Scott.  Lawrence in Arabia.  Doubleday.

Baruma, Ian. Year Zero. Penguin.

Basbanes, Nicholas. On Paper: the Everything of its Two-Thousand Year History. Knopf.

Beam, Cris.  To the End of June:  the Intimate Life of American Foster Care. Houghton Mifflin.

Brown, Daniel. Boys in the Boat. Viking.

Fink, Sheri.  Five Days at Memorial. Crown.

Fox, Margalit. The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest. HarperCollins.

Garfield, Simon.  On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks. Gotham Books.

Hilburn, Robert.  Johnny Cash: The Life. Little, Brown.

Koerner, Brendan I.  The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking. Crown.

Morell, Virginia.  Animal Wise.  Crown.

Schlosser, Eric.  Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety. Penguin Press.

Solnit, Rebecca.  The Faraway Nearby. Viking.


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