Man at His Best

The Best Books According To Our Favourite Authors

It's an outstanding list.

BY Editors | Jan 16, 2017 | Books

Illustrations by Joe Mckendry.


There are shelves of great reads out there and in 2016, the Publishers Association reported an increase in the sales of printed books to a tune of around SGD5 billion globally. That's a lot of Harry Potter books (and others). To highlight the rows of book sleeves to pick from, we asked established writers for their top picks. We are gonna get us a couple of these for Valentine's Day. How does From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime sound?



Author of Evicted 

“I learned loads from Elizabeth Hinton’s From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime, a deep and critical look into the rise of America’s prison boom. Brimming with vivid detail, this history book shows the political machinations that gave life to America’s tragic experiment with mass incarceration.”

Harvard University Press, SGD43



Wife of the late Paul Kalanithi, author of When Breath Becomes Air

"Four Reincarnations, by Max Ritvo. Poetry bursting with life, absurdity, wisdom. Ritvo died at 25, missing his book’s publication but not Tom Waits’s early endorsement (‘a Max Ritvo poem is . . . a piece of candy covered with ants’). Lucie Brock-Broido called him ‘a transmogrifier of suffering.’ Reading Ritvo means participating not only in his life but more deeply in your own. Check out ‘Poem to My Litter’ for a taste.”

Milkweed Editions, SGD32



Author of The Underground Railroad

“Augustine is the sole inhabitant of an observatory in the Arctic Circle, and Sully an astronaut on a spacecraft that’s just finished a study of Jupiter. Then the End of the World happens. Lily Brooks-Dalton weaves their stories together in Good Morning, Midnight, a masterful novel about missed connections big and small.”

Random House, SGD38



Author of The Throwback Special

“Until 2016, I never realised that what was missing from my life was a pair of formally experimental novellas, So Much for That Winter, translated from Danish, about contemporary loneliness and isolation. Dorthe Nors’s formal innovation is playful but organic and necessary, entwined with character and subject. The writing is emotionally direct, unsentimental, and surprisingly moving. Genuine newness is always an achievement.”

Graywolf Press, SGD22



Author of Swing Time

“Alexandra Kleeman’s You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine [2015] really thrilled me. I hadn’t read anything that got as close to the existential feeling of being young and female in America right now. As soon as my daughter is old enough, I’d like to give it to her, to use as a shield. I’m just as excited to read Kleeman’s new book, Intimations, which came out this year.”

Harper, SGD38



Author of Ninety-Nine Stories of God

“Any year that sees a new Don DeLillo novel is a very good year, and Zero K is as strange, beautiful, and disturbing as anything he’s done.”

Scribner, SGD39