Books

Best picture books of 2014

Welcome to the Globe’s annual list representing a whole year’s worth of reading and reviewing. Browse our critics’ top picks for children, teens, and adults, for fans of fiction and nonfiction, lovers of sports and thrillers, devotees of poetry and all things New England. You may even spot a holiday gift idea or two.

Individual lists: Fiction | Nonfiction | Crime | Graphic books | About New England | Middle grade | Sports | Picture books | Young adult | Poetry

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GenreTitleAuthorPublisherPagesPriceCritic
FictionALL OUR NAMESDinaw MengestuKnopf272 pp.$25.95John Freeman
FictionEUPHORIALily KingAtlantic Monthly256 pp.$25John Freeman
FictionTHOSE WHO LEAVE AND THOSE STAYElena FerranteEuropa400 pp., paperback$18John Freeman
Fiction10:04 Ben Lerner Faber & Faber256 pp.$25John Freeman
FictionAN UNTAMED STATERoxane GayGrove/Black Cat368 pp., paperback$16John Freeman
FictionAN UNNECESSARY WOMANRabih AlameddineGrove304 pp.$25John Freeman
FictionCAN’T AND WON’TLydia Davis Farrar, Straus and Giroux304 pp.$26John Freeman
FictionWOLF IN WHITE VANJohn DarnielleFarrar, Straus and Giroux224 pp.$24John Freeman
FictionA BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGSMarlon JamesRiverhead704 pp.$28.95John Freeman
FictionREVIVALStephen KingScribner405 pp.$30John Freeman
FictionALL MY PUNY SORROWSMiriam ToewsMcSweeney’s330 pp.$24Laura Collins-Hughes
FictionTHE BLAZING WORLDSiri HustvedtSimon & Schuster368 pp.$26Laura Collins-Hughes
FictionDEAR COMMITTEE MEMBERSJulie SchumacherDoubleday192 pp.$22.95Laura Collins-Hughes
FictionDEPT. OF SPECULATIONJenny OffillKnopf192 pp.$22.95Laura Collins-Hughes
FictionTHE DEVIL I KNOWClaire KilroyGrove/Black Cat272 pp., paperback$16Laura Collins-Hughes
FictionA GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THINGEimear McBrideCoffee House227 pp.$24Laura Collins-Hughes
FictionHOW TO BUILD A GIRLCaitlin MoranHarper352 pp.$26.99Laura Collins-Hughes
FictionMAN V. NATUREDiane CookHarper272 pp.$25.99Laura Collins-Hughes
FictionTHE SLEEPWALKER’S GUIDE TO DANCINGMira JacobRandom House512 pp.$26Laura Collins-Hughes
FictionWOLF IN WHITE VANJohn DarnielleFarrar, Straus and Giroux224 pp.$24Laura Collins-Hughes
NonfictionTHE LONG SHADOW: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth CenturyDavid ReynoldsNorton544 pp.$32.50David Shribman
NonfictionON HIS OWN TERMS: A Life of Nelson RockefellerRichard Norton SmithRandom House880 pp.$38David Shribman
NonfictionLINCOLN AND THE POWER OF THE PRESS: The War for Public OpinionHarold HolzerSimon & Schuster 768 pp.$37.50David Shribman
NonfictionTHE INVISIBLE BRIDGE: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of ReaganRick PerlsteinSimon & Schuster880 pp.$37.50David Shribman
NonfictionTHE MANTLE OF COMMAND: FDR at War, 1941-1942Nigel HamiltonHoughton Mifflin Harcourt528 pp.$30David Shribman
NonfictionCLOUDS OF GLORY: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee Michael KordaHarper832 pp.$40David Shribman
NonfictionTHE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: The Making of Douglas MacArthurMark Perry Basic 416 pp.$29.99David Shribman
NonfictionTHE SPLENDID THINGS WE PLANNED: A Family PortraitBlake BaileyNorton 272 pp.$25.95Kate Tuttle
NonfictionCAN’T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT?Roz ChastBloomsbury 240 pp.$28Kate Tuttle
NonfictionTHE PROBLEM OF SLAVERY IN THE AGE OF EMANCIPATIONDavid Brion DavisKnopf448 pp.$30Kate Tuttle
NonfictionBAD FEMINISTRoxane GayHarper Perennial336 pp.$15.99Kate Tuttle
NonfictionTHE TRUE AMERICAN: Murder and Mercy in TexasAnand GiridharadasNorton336 pp.$27.95Kate Tuttle
NonfictionTHE EMPIRE OF NECESSITY: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New WorldGreg GrandinMetropolitan 384 pp.$30Kate Tuttle
NonfictionOPERATION PAPERCLIP: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to AmericaAnnie JacobsenLittle, Brown592 pp.$30Kate Tuttle
NonfictionTHE EMPATHY EXAMSLeslie JamisonGraywolf 256 pp., paperback$15Kate Tuttle
NonfictionTHREE MINUTES IN POLAND: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family FilmGlenn KurtzFarrar, Straus and Giroux432 pp.$30Kate Tuttle
NonfictionTENNESSEE WILLIAMS: Mad Pilgrimage of the FleshJohn LahrNorton784 pp.$39.95Kate Tuttle
NonfictionJUST MERCY: A Story of Justice and RedemptionBryan StevensonSpiegel & Grau352 pp.$28Kate Tuttle
NonfictionSOLDIER GIRLS: The Battles of Three Women at Home and AbroadHelen Thorpe Scribner416 pp.$28Kate Tuttle
CrimeCOLD STORAGE ALASKAJohn StraleySoho Crime304 pp.$26.95Hallie Ephron
CrimeTHE DEAD WILL TELLLinda CastilloMinotaur 320 pp.$25.99Hallie Ephron
CrimeTHE FEVERMegan AbbottLittle, Brown320 pp.$26.00Hallie Ephron
CrimeTHE GIRL WITH A CLOCK FOR A HEARTPeter SwansonWilliam Morrow304 pp.$25.99Hallie Ephron
CrimeIN THE COMPANY OF SHERLOCK HOLMES: Stories Inspired by the Holmes CanonEdited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. KlingerPegasus384 pp.$24.95Hallie Ephron
CrimeINVISIBLE CITYJulia DahlMinotaur304 pp.$24.99Hallie Ephron
CrimeTHE WINTER PEOPLEJennifer McMahonDoubleday336 pp.$25.95Hallie Ephron
Graphic booksHERE Richard McGuirePantheon304 pp.$35Dan Wasserman
Graphic booksCAN’T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT?Roz ChastBloomsbury240 pp.$28Dan Wasserman
Graphic booksCLIMATE CHANGED: A Personal Journey through the SciencePhillippe SquarzoniHarry N. Abrams480 pp., paperback$24.95Dan Wasserman
Graphic booksOVER EASYMimi PondDrawn and Quarterly272 pp.$24.95Dan Wasserman
Graphic booksSHOPLIFTERMichael ChoPantheon96 pp.$19.95Dan Wasserman
Graphic booksSYLLABUS: Notes from an Accidental ProfessorLynda BarryDrawn and Quarterly200 pp., paperback$19.95Dan Wasserman
Graphic booksMASTERFUL MARKS: Cartoonists Who Changed the WorldMonte BeauchampSimon and Schuster128 pp.$24.99Dan Wasserman
Graphic booksRICKY ROUSE HAS A GUNJörg Tittel, illustrated by John AggsSelfMadeHero180 pp., paperback$24.95Dan Wasserman
PoetryCITIZEN: An American LyricClaudia RankineGraywolf160 pp., paperback$20Don Share
PoetryBEDOUIN OF THE LONDON EVENING: Collected PoemsRosemary TonksBloodaxe153 pp., paperback$24.70Don Share
PoetryA C.H. SISSON READERC.H. SissonCarcanet352 pp.$33.99Don Share
PoetryBREATHTURN INTO TIMESTEAD: The Collected Later Poetry: A Bilingual EditionPaul Celan, translated, from the German, by Pierre JorisFarrar, Straus and Giroux736 pp.$40Don Share
PoetryIF THE TABLOIDS ARE TRUE WHAT ARE YOU?Matthea HarveyGraywolf160 pp.$25Don Share
PoetryMXTSina QueyrasCoach House104 pp., paperback$17.95Don Share
PoetryPATTERDouglas KearneyRed Hen96 pp., paperback$17.95Don Share
PoetryMOTHERLAND, FATHERLAND, HOMELANDSEXUALSPatricia LockwoodPenguin80 pp., paperback$20Don Share
PoetryNEW SELECTED POEMSLes MurrayFarrar, Straus and Giroux336 pp.$30Don Share
PoetryECODEVIANCE: (SOMA)TICS FOR THE FUTURE WILDERNESSCA ConradWave160 pp., paperback$22Don Share
PoetryANGELS OF THE AMERICLYPSE: An Anthology of New Latin@ WritingEdited by Carmen Giménez Smith and John ChávezCounterpath352 pp., paperback$35Don Share
Poetry[INSERT] BOYDanez SmithYesYes 128 pp., paperback$16Don Share
PoetryCOLLECTED POEMSMark StrandKnopf544 pp.$30Don Share
PoetryTHE WHOLE & RAIN-DOMED UNIVERSEColette BrycePan Macmillan96 pp., paperback$16.95Don Share
Sports MOUNTAIN TO MOUNTAIN: A Journey of Adventure and Activism for the Women of AfghanistanShannon GalpinSt. Martin’s320 pp.$26.99Bill Littlefield
Sports FOOTBALL: Great Writing About the National SportEdited by John SchulianLibrary of America484 pp.$30Bill Littlefield
Sports EIGHT WORLD CUPS: My Journey Through the Beauty and Dark Side of SoccerGeorge VecseyTimes304 pp.$28Bill Littlefield
Sports THE REAPPEARING ACT: Coming Out as Gay on a College Basketball Team Led by Born-Again ChristiansKate FagenSkyhorse200 pp.$24.95Bill Littlefield
Sports DOMINICAN BASEBALL: New Pride, Old PrejudiceAlan KleinTemple University200 pp., paperback$24.95Bill Littlefield
Sports BRAZIL’S DANCE WITH THE DEVIL: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight For DemocracyDave ZirinHaymarket200 pp., paperback$16Bill Littlefield
Sports THE BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRITING 2014Guest editor Christopher Mcdougall, series editor Glenn StoutMariner416 pp., paperback$14.95Bill Littlefield
Sports SCRIBE: My Life In SportsBob RyanBloomsbury336 pp.$27Bill Littlefield
Sports IN MY SKIN: My Life On and Off the Basketball CourtBrittney Griner with Sue HoveyDey Street Books224 pp.$25.99Bill Littlefield
Sports A HOME RUN FOR BUNNYRichard AndersonIllumination Arts32 pp.$16.95Bill Littlefield
Young adultTHE TRUE TALE OF THE MONSTER BILLY DEAN (TELT BY HISSELF)David Almond Candlewick272 pp.$17.99Chelsey Philpot
Young adultHALF BAD Sally GreenViking416 pp.$18.99Chelsey Philpot
Young adultPOISONED APPLES: Poems for You, My PrettyChristine Heppermann, photos by various artistsGreenwillow128 pp.$17.99Chelsey Philpot
Young adultAND WE STAY Jenny HubbardDelacorte240 pp.$16.99Chelsey Philpot
Young adultGLORY O’BRIEN’S HISTORY OF THE FUTUREA.S. KingLittle, Brown320 pp.$18Chelsey Philpot
Young adultWE WERE LIARSE. LockhartDelacorte240 pp.$17.99Chelsey Philpot
Young adultI’LL GIVE YOU THE SUNJandy NelsonDial384 pp.$17.99Chelsey Philpot
Young adultGRASSHOPPER JUNGLEAndrew SmithDutton432 pp.$18.99Chelsey Philpot
Young adultTHIS ONE SUMMERJillian Tamaki, illustrated by Mariko TamakiFirst Second320 pp.$21.99Chelsey Philpot
Young adultTHE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDERLeslye WaltonCandlewick320 pp.$17.99Chelsey Philpot
Middle gradeGUINEA DOG 3Patrick JenningsEgmont USA176 pp., ages 8-12$15.99Liz Rosenberg
Middle gradeHALF A WORLD AWAYCynthia KadohataAtheneum240 pp., ages 10-14$16.99Liz Rosenberg
Middle gradeTHE MISADVENTURES OF THE FAMILY FLETCHERDana Alison LevyDelacorte272 pp., ages 9-12$15.99Liz Rosenberg
Middle gradeEGG & SPOONGregory MaguireCandlewick496 pp., ages 12 and up$17.99Liz Rosenberg
Middle gradeTHREE BIRD SUMMERSara St. AntoineCandlewick256 pp., ages 10 and up$16.99Liz Rosenberg
Middle gradeBROWN GIRL DREAMINGJacqueline WoodsonPenguin/Nancy Paulsen336 pp., ages 10 and up$16.99Liz Rosenberg
Middle gradeTHE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISHJennifer L. HolmRandom House208 pp., ages 8-12$16.99Liz Rosenberg
Picture booksFLASHLIGHTLizi BoydChronicle40 pp., ages 2-6$16.99Liz Rosenberg
Picture booksTHE FARMER AND THE CLOWNMarla FrazeeBeach Lane32 pp., ages 4-8$17.99Liz Rosenberg
Picture booksSPIC-AND-SPAN!: Lillian Gilbreth’s Wonder KitchenMonica Kulling, illustrated by David ParkinsTundra32 pp., ages 5-8$17.99Liz Rosenberg
Picture booksFIREFLY JULY: A Year of Very Short PoemsEdited by Paul Janeczko, illustrated by Melissa SweetCandlewick48 pp. ages 6-9$16.99Liz Rosenberg
Picture booksTWO SPECKLED EGGSJennifer K. MannCandlewick32 pp., ages 5-8$14.99Liz Rosenberg
Picture booksA BOOK OF BABIESIl SungKnopf24 pp., ages 1-6$15.99Liz Rosenberg
Picture booksBLIZZARDJohn RoccoDisney-Hyperion40 pp., ages 3-5$17.99Liz Rosenberg
Picture booksA POND FULL OF INKAnnie M.G. Schmidt, illustrated by Sieb PosthumaEerdman34 pp., ages 6-11$16Liz Rosenberg
Picture booksBLUE ON BLUEDianne White, illustrated by Beth KrommesBeach Lane48 pp., ages 5-8$17.99Liz Rosenberg
About New EnglandADAM’S MARK: Writing from the Ox-House Julia Shipley, illustrated by Mary SimpsonPlowboy54 pp., paperback$12Jan Gardner
About New EnglandBOSTON’S CYCLING CRAZE, 1880-1900: A Story of Race, Sport, and SocietyLorenz J. FinisonUniversity of Massachusetts312 pp.$24.95Jan Gardner
About New EnglandCAPE COD MODERN: Midcentury Architecture and Community on the Outer CapePeter McMahon and Christine Cipriani, photographs by Raimund KochMetropolis272 pp.$45Jan Gardner
About New EnglandDIRTY OLD BOSTON: Four Decades of a City in Transition Jim BotticelliUnion Park296 pp.$30Jan Gardner
About New EnglandA HOME FOR MR. EMERSONBarbara Kerley, illustrated by Edwin FotheringhamScholastic48 pp., ages 8-12$18.99Jan Gardner
About New EnglandMARTHA’S VINEYARD: A Field Guide to Island NatureSuzan BellincampiVineyard Stories184 pp.$19.95Jan Gardner
About New EnglandTHE SUGAR SEASON: A Year in the Life of Maple Syrup, and One Family’s Quest for the Sweetest HarvestDouglas WhynottDa Capo304 pp.$24.99Jan Gardner