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  1. The Year in Books: Race Relations, Motorcycles, Tsunamis, and the Nature of Death

    The literary world stayed lively this year, with disputes ranging over everything from likeability and modernity to mansplaining.  As for the writing itself, longstanding literary darling Alice Munro was recognized with the Nobel, but the Man Booker went to the youngest winner in its history, 28-year-old Kiwi Eleanor Catton for “The Luminaries.”  Other critics’ fiction picks include Rachel Kushner’s ”The Flamethrowers,” “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Kate Atkinson’s “Life After Life.”  On the non-fiction side of the divide, ”Wave,” Sonali Deraniyagala’s memoir of the 2004 Sri Lankan tsunami garnered many fans, Facebook mogul Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” has dominated the cultural vernacular, and there’s another horror story by Stephen King—this one by the Yale prof (no relation) about what happens to the West ”When the Money Runs Out.”

    Sources: New Yorker, NYT, Book Riot, The Economist

     

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