Holiday Books with New York Times Editor Pamela Paul

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New York Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul joins us for our annual holiday books show. That's when we open the phone lines to get listeners' picks for the best books of the year, literary gift ideas and all-time favorite reads. We'll also talk to Paul about her new book, "By The Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life."

Book Recommendations Heard During the Show

Books Suggested by Pamela Paul:

Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Bulter Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee


Pamela Paul, editor of the New York Times Book Review and author of "By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life"


Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon

Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire by David Remnick

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Cheng

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell

Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Books Suggested by Our Listeners:

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold by Daniel James Brown

A Collection of Essays by George Orwell

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities by Kevin Kelly

A Doll's House by Henrik Johan Ibsen

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam Grant

The Good Soldiers by David Finkel

The Greenlanders by Jane Smiley

Guerilla Warfare by Ernesto Guevara

Harry and the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1-2: 1975-1983 Gift Box Set by Ed Piskor

The History of Rasselas: Prince of Abissinia by Samuel Johnson

Impossible Lives of Basher Thomas by Robert Detman

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada by John Muir Laws

Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination by Lamar Waldron and Thom Harmann

Life: The Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality by Neal Gabler

Lit Up Inside: Selected Lyrics by Van Morrison

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 by Francine Prose

Madame Curie: A Biography by Eva Curie

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Migrant: The Journey of a Mexican Worker by Jose Manuel Mateo

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne

The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz

Possession by A.S. Byatt

The Quiet American by Graham Greene

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston