Many people get book recommendations from family and friends.  Some join a local book club.  There was Oprah's Book Club too, but not so much anymore.  Who can fill Oprah's shoes?  Enter the largest and oldest library association in the world, the American Library Association!  Slightly less well-known than Winfrey, the ALA nevertheless is a great resource for anyone searching for that next perfect page-turner.  Recently the ALA announced their 2012 Notable Books winners.  The notable titles include: 


The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht

The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje

The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips

Swamplandia by Karen Russell


The Information:  A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick

Unbroken: A World War 2 Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet by Jennifer Homans

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard 


You can view the complete list of winners here.