Best Zombie Book
Dead Sea, Brian Keene. Even the sharks are zombies. Word.
Saddest Murder Mystery
Best Book of Stories
Everything That Rises Must Coverge, Flannery O’Connor. No surprise. O’Connor is indispensable.
Most Thought-Provoking Book of Poetry
The Sonnets, Ted Berrigan. Serious experiment in style and technique becomes play. You don’t read this book, you live in it.
Most Savage Biography
Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker, James Gavin. Chet Baker was a monster. Gavin tells his story as carefully and neutrally as he can. Result: You love the book, you despise the subject.
Best Anthology of Poetry
Poets of the English Language (5 vols.), edited by W. H. Auden and Norman Holmes Pearson. Wonderfully intelligent selection of poems from Langland to Yeats. The prefaces to each volume alone are worth the cost of the books. If you want to know the English tradition of poetry, this is where to dig in.
Most Reassuring Book
Practical Outdoor Survival, Len McDougall. Turns out you can survive with a knife, a .22, some matches and a few other necessaries. Now you know what to hang on to when we are all reduced to serfdom by our corporate masters.