Best Books of : NPRRabbit Cake Dark at the Crossing Dark at the Crossing. History of Wolves History of Wolves. It has a few narratives that stretch across three decades. There's half a dozen main characters. There's two unsolved killing sprees.
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For a chaotic year, I'm offering a chaotic "Best Books" list — but I think my list is chaotic in a good sense. These books zing off in all directions: They're fresh, unruly and dismissive of the canned and contrived. You can't go wrong with any of these books. As one of Dashiell Hammett's dangerous dames might have said: They're all the bees' knees. Jesmyn Ward's gorgeous and bleak novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing, takes readers on the great American road trip.
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If books figure into your holiday gift-giving plans, then we've got a little something for you -- a meta list of the best books of It's now December, the final month of the year, which means that newspapers and magazines can start taking stock of and declare their favorites. The question has crossed my mind lately. Fiction-wise, I'm not blown away by the picks. And if you're looking for a deal, don't miss this: Amazon.