EW Staff
December 16, 2011 AT 05:00 AM EST

”The night was rank with the smell of man.”
A Dance With Dragons, by George R.R. Martin

”There is the elephant in the room: I killed and ate my wife and unborn child.”
The Last Werewolf, by Glen Duncan

”In 1962, Walter Cousins made the biggest mistake of his life: he slept with the au pair for a month.”
Ed King, by David Guterson

”Every insect in the Amazon…turned a slender antenna in her direction. She was a snack plate, a buffet line, a woman dressed for springtime….”
State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett

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