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Big, gutsy memoirs; promising debut novels; and history books so absorbing they read like fiction on the slate
Posted on December 17, 2014 at 5:00am EST
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The most anticipated debut novel of the year, a 900-pager set in '70s NYC that was acquired for nearly $2 million.
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The grizzled folk icon spins a good yarn straight from the gut.
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Indelible writing devoted to a raging idiot-loser is a great American literary tradition. Meet Alby, an Everybro for the millennial set.
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The author writes of her harrowing experiences as a war photojournalist in the Middle East. Kathryn Bigelow, are you listening?
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Cleopatra author Schiff returns with a book about the Salem witch trials.
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This spin-off of Atkinson's superb Life After Life follows Ursula Todd's brother Teddy in the years post-WWII.
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An academic saws and whittles her way to becoming a carpenter.
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This whip-smart collection about women wrapped up in all kinds of love affairs will have you laughing out loud.
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Don't let the appealing title fool you. This searing novel tackles death and big food corporations. Also, it's partly narrated by crack cocaine. Yep.
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The follow-up to Smith's award winner Just Kids.
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The Nobel Prize winner's new novel centers on a woman who's haunted by a childhood decision.
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Not the wartime history you think it is, but rather a fascinating look at a transformative 1973 fashion spectacle in the Palace of Versailles.
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Franzen's novels never fail to elicit equal parts hype and hate. Purity promises to be a departure from his previous works The Corrections and Freedom.
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In her sequel to Knock Wood, Bergen spills all about motherhood and Murphy Brown.
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A crime against a beloved local girl roils a Baton Rouge, La., suburb. Sure to be a breakout debut.
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A journalist roots out the truth about an ancestor who's believed to be haunting a Santa Fe, N.M., hotel.
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Magic realism abounds in this coming-of-age story about battling monsters, real and symbolic.
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The master of popular nonfiction is back with a gripping account of the sinking of the Lusitania. A sure bet for history buffs.
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An artist trades his life for the ability to sculpt anything he can imagine in this inventive graphic novel.
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A spiritual account about taming birds of prey.