When you're out with friends, put your cell phone away, advises New York Times advice columnist Philip Galanes. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Colm Toibin's new novel, The Testament of Mary, imagines the life of the mother of Christ in her later years. Steve Heap/iStockphoto hide caption

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Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall won both the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The sequel, Bring Up the Bodies, won this year's Man Booker Prize. Francesco Guidicini/ hide caption

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