From Tina Brown to Andrew Sullivan to Michael Tomasky, our writers and editors pick the favorite books they read this year.

The Orphan Master’s Son
By Adam Johnson
Into the sinister, bizarre kingdom of North Korea Johnson leads us with flair.
On Saudi Arabia
By Karen Eliot House
One of the most revealing and impressively reported books I read this year. Karen Elliot House’s 30-plus years’ experience in one of the least accessible countries makes us see, hear, and experience Saudi Arabia like a local.
Sweet Tooth
By Ian McEwan
My old friend has delivered another stylish, immensely readable novel that captures gray, grimy 1970s England so perfectly you feel despair just cracking the spine.

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