by Nathan W., December 31, 2013 4:48 PM
The fact that I read this all the way back in January and it still immediately jumped to mind as my favorite book of the year is a testament to the lingering power of every single one of these stories. You'll laugh until you cry, and vice versa — both reactions are George Saunders specialties. And upon completion, each story will have you looking at the world around you with a newfound sense of wonderment. It almost feels redundant to single this collection out after the year it's had, but consider this one last imploration to believe the hype.