Best Reads - 2013 It's that time of year! Any genre, any year of publication. The few books that stand above all the others when you think back on 2013. The best-of-the-best. Create your own genres as needed. Literary Fiction New Finnish Grammar by Diego Marani. The utterly lost man seeks notice. The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa. Forgetful math professor. Ravelstein by Saul Bellow. Rambling, interesting fictional biography. Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler. Allegorical novel of the horrors of Stalin's Show Trials. Short Story The Lost Decade by F. Scott Fitzgerald (short story). Excellent. Brief Loves That Live Forever by Andrei Makine. Vignettes of Soviet life, vividly done. Akhnilo (short story) from Dusk and Other Stories by James Salter. Prize-winning stories. Espionage Asset by Jonathan Orvin. Excellent espionage story. Sci-fi World War Z by Max Brooks. The World-Wide Zombie War. Fabulous! Scholarly for lay reader. The Cambridge Guide to Thomas Pynchon. Excellent. Informative. Clearly written. General Relativity from A to B by Robert Geroch. Fabulous! Just Fabulous!.