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Best Books of 2014 for Lit Geeks

  • NONFICTION

    THE MOST DANGEROUS BOOK

    JUNE 16, 2014

NONFICTION

THE MOST DANGEROUS BOOK

by Kevin Birmingham

Superb cultural history, pulling together many strands of literary, judicial and societal developments into a smoothly woven... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    CARELESS PEOPLE

    JAN. 27, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

CARELESS PEOPLE

by Sarah Churchwell

Prodigious research and fierce affection illumine every remarkable page. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    HISTORY LESSONS

    MAY 1, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

HISTORY LESSONS

by Clifton Crais

This memoir of anguish and struggle is a story of remarkable strength and unlikely, inexplicable resilience. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE GREAT FLOODGATES OF THE WONDERWORLD

    FEB. 25, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE GREAT FLOODGATES OF THE WONDERWORLD

by Justin Hocking

In a book that’s likely far richer than the novel he shelved, Hocking ultimately transcends “the dark Ahab force.” Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE EMPATHY EXAMS

    APRIL 1, 2014

  • NONFICTION

    TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

    SEPT. 22, 2014

  • NONFICTION

    MY LIFE IN MIDDLEMARCH

    JAN. 28, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

MY LIFE IN MIDDLEMARCH

by Rebecca Mead

A rare and remarkable fusion of techniques that draws two women together across time and space. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    WHAT WE SEE WHEN WE READ

    AUG. 5, 2014

NONFICTION

WHAT WE SEE WHEN WE READ

by Peter Mendelsund

Mendelsund amply attains his goal to produce a quirky, fresh and altogether delightful meditation on the miraculous act of... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    WHY HOMER MATTERS

    NOV. 18, 2014

HISTORY

WHY HOMER MATTERS

by Adam Nicolson

Nicolson’s spirited exploration illuminates our own indelible past. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    NATURE'S GOD

    JULY 1, 2014

NONFICTION

NATURE'S GOD

by Matthew Stewart

In affording a fresh perspective on the difficult but exhilarating birth of this country, Stewart shows that the often... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE TASTEMAKER

    FEB. 18, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE TASTEMAKER

by Edward White

A vigorous, fully fleshed biography of an important contributor to American culture. Full review >

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