For this beautiful, hand embroidered, silk 1940's cocktail dress -- currently housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which I guess makes a lot of sense. Still...it does inspire.
Marly Youmans: Glimmerglass: A Novel
A luminous mystery story of family secrets and the transcendent power of art. Youmans' writing is poetic, and the Clive Hicks Jenkins illustrations and cover superb.
Kate Atkinson: Case Histories: A Novel
Murder mysteries with a Jamesian twist. Brilliant writing.
Elizabeth Bear: Karen Memory
Steampunk, gold prospectors, and smart working girls in alternate history of the Pacific Northwest. Terrific fun.
Cassandra Rose Clarke: The Mad Scientist's Daughter
A beautiful and eerie love story and a mediation on what it means to be human in a technologically evolving world.
Helene Wecker: The Golem and the Jinni
A compelling tale of two immigrants to NYC in the late 1880s. A female Golem, newly made and a thousand year old Jinni.