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The 10 best books of 2015

Between the World and Me<p>By Ta-Nehisi Coates<p>Between the World and Me” is a riveting meditation on the state of race in America that has arrived at a tumultuous moment in America’s history of racial strife. What it does better than any other recent book is relentlessly drive home the point that …

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Best romance novels of 2015

THE BOLLYWOOD BRIDE<p>By Sonali Dev (Kensington)<p>Sonali Dev offers a new twist on friends-to-lovers in “The Bollywood Bride,” a vibrant, emotional story. Ria Parkar is a Bollywood star who spent childhood summers in the United States in idyllic happiness with Vikram Jathar. Their friendship blossomed …

Adam Johnson, Ta-Nehisi Coates Win National Book Awards

It was a glitzy night of bow ties and bon mots in New York City. But the real attractions at the 66th annual National Book Awards were the winners themselves: Adam Johnson, in fiction; Ta-Nehisi Coates, in nonfiction; Robin Coste Lewis, in poetry; and Neal Shusterman, in young people's …

The Amazing Books That Will Make Your Loved Ones Fall in Love With Reading Again

Books can transport you to strange new worlds—but they can also make your home more beautiful. And it’s the beauty and luxuriousness of nice books …

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My Shot: Master Storyteller James Patterson

Author James Patterson on pain, jokers, sneaking on, and good O.J. versus bad O.J.<p>The ordinary hacker's career in golf parallels a Russian fiction novel. <i>War and Peace,</i> perhaps, for the endless number of mundane turns and the multitude of characters coming in and out. <i>Crime and Punishment</i>, maybe, …

Can You Die From a Broken Heart?

NFL star Doug Flutie’s parents died of heart attacks within an hour of each other. Doctors say you can, indeed, die of a broken heart.<p>Hollywood glam …

Notable fiction books of 2015

<b>BATS OF THE REPUBLIC</b> <br>by Zachary Thomas Dodson (Doubleday)<p>You’ll be transfixed before you read a word: Dodson, a book designer as well as an author, has written two imaginative stories — one set in 1843, the other 300 years later — and intertwined them on facing pages in a volume chockablock with …

Those Kindle-y ones

My Kindle ‘library’ has plenty of ‘items’ that would qualify as literary fiction -- writers whose works I have consumed in bulk, first as a …

7 good paperback choices for your book club

Lit Life<p>If you are in a book club, you know that rudderless point in the evening when it’s time to choose the next book — the mining of memory banks …

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