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The Year's Best Books: Our Critic's Picks

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The Year's Best Books: Our Critic's Picks

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The Year's Best Books: Our Critic's Picks

The Year's Best Books: Our Critic's Picks

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Fresh Air's book critic looks back at a busy year and selects the books that linger in memory as the calendar page turns.

Her favorite fiction:

  • Richard Russo's Bridge of Sighs
  • Min Jin Lee's Free Food for Millionaires
  • Stewart O'Nan's Last Night at the Lobster
  • Roddy Doyle's Paula Spencer
  • Salley Vickers' The Other Side of You
  • Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach
  • Fred Vargas' Wash This Blood from My Hands
  • Ann Patchett's Run
  • Philip Roth's Exit Ghost

Nonfiction picks:

  • A.M Homes' The Mistress' Daughter
  • Clare Tomalin's Thomas Hardy
  • Arnold Rampersad's Ralph Ellison: A Biography