The vote was close this year. There was a lot of support for our second favorite "Let the Great World Spin" but "Cutting for Stone" won the most votes for book of the year. We really loved this book and recommend it without reservation.
In the stinker category the vote was again close (4 to 3) for "The Little Book" as the worst book we read over "Netherland". We recommend neither. Someone commented that in other years The Piano Teacher would have taken a beating at year end, but with these two books in our midst, TPT eked out a (lower) middle of the pack placement.