Each year, the New York Times publishes its list of 100 Notable Books, as well as a list of Notable Children's Books. Their 2012 lists are out, and included on them are a couple of friends of the show.
First up, the 100 Notable Books: the list covers poetry, fiction and non-fiction (although there are only two poetry books on it this year), and focuses on books that got strong reviews in the Times.
John Irving's latest, 'In One Person,' made the list this year.
The book is about an aspiring writer struggling with his sexuality, and the Times had some good things to say: "'In One Person' gives a lot. It's funny , as you would expect. It's risky in what it exposes."
John was in the red chair last season to talk about the book and his take on sexuality, politics, and wrestling (yes, actual wrestling). Check out that interview below:
The list also includes Canadian Alice Munro's 'Dear Life: Stories,' and a book called 'Canada' (although it's by an American - novelist Richard Ford).
And the Notable Children's Books of 2012 list includes 'This Is Not My Hat,' written and illustrated by Jon Klassen.
The book is all about a hat, owned by a very large fish, and the much smaller fish who has stolen it. It's a great read, and it's a sort of unofficial sequel to another of Jon's books, 'I Want My Hat Back' (here's a shot of George enjoying that one):
Jon was kind enough to complete our Strombo Q&A. Check that out right here.