Todd Stewart of Vertigo Books was on the Kojo Nnamdi Show today offering a few recommendations for some of his favorite books of the year. I’ve read (and liked) two of the books in his list, Philip Roth‘s Indignation and Art Spiegelman‘s Breakdowns, which gives me a fair amount of confidence in the rest. With Black Friday approaching in these Depression-esque times, it’s worth remembering that books are cheap and last forever. What else can you say that about? (Clever/tacky retorts to that question are welcome in the comments.) Stewart’s full list below:

Fiction Sway by Zachary Lazar Indignation by Philip Roth World Made by Hand by James Howard Kunstler Peace by Richard Bausch The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, translated by Richard Pevear Roseanna, The Man Who Went Up in Smoke and The Man on the Balcony by Maj Sjowall and Per Waloo

Nonfiction Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) by Tom Vanderbilt Like a Rolling Stone: The Strange Life of a Tribute Band by Steven Kurutz Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@*#! by Art Spiegelman Washington Burning by Les Standiford God’s Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215 by David Levering Lewis