This year’s Village Voice pick. I’d already written about the Le Guin collected stories and Chabon’s “Telegraph Avenue,” so I chose Jeanette Winterson’s memoir “Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?” I heard her read the other day and was moved by her account of writing her way out of depression. Depression was like being in a haunted house, she said, “and what’s haunting you is you.”

She also said that art can help you understand the way the past and present live alongside each other in the psyche: “Art helps us to live in a more complete sense of