The Monitor takes a look at some 2010 titles, including "The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun" by Gretchen Rubin
Anne Tyler’s quirky humor, compassion, and skill all shine in this, her 18th novel.
Caught in the midst of civil strife in Kosovo, a teen faces a multitude of adult-sized challenges.
A dozen engrossing, visceral tales about the difficulties faced by Chinese immigrants in America.
Stunning photos urge protection for all beasts
This 11th book of verse by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louise Glück offers beautiful language with a sense of loss and disappointment.
Peter Rudiak-Gould spent a year of humor and heartache teaching English in the Marshall Islands.
Atwood's tale of future shock – feminist style.
The nonfiction books we liked best in 2009.
What we here at the Monitor liked best in 2009.
The lives of a dozen Arab Americans tell the story of an often strained relationship.
Echoes of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ mix with classic Chinese folk tales in this layered narrative.
Wry humor and Midwestern sensibility mark this Depression-era tale of Grandma Dowdel and her unorthodox ways.
Louis Menand's fascinating history profiles a group of misfit geniuses who, in Boston in 1872, helped to shape the modern mind.
Thrillmeister John Grisham tries his hand at a collection of short stories set in rural north Mississippi.
Master mystery writer P.D. James dissects her craft.
In her ninth novel, Anne Tyler serves up meaty fiction with a draft of sadness.
A new collection of nine short stories from a master of the genre.
Sarah Palin speaks out.