Laura Miller's Best Books of 2012

Here are a few of Salon.com senior writer Laura Miller’s picks for the year’s best books.  

Fiction:

Alif the Unseen, by G. Willow Wilson

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountian

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

Nonfiction:

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo, by Tom Reiss  

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, by Andrew Soloman

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed