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Best Books of the Year: Humor & Entertainment

The Devil's music, evil northeastern beaches, and paperbacks from Hell, all in our best humor and entertainment of 2017. Also basketball.

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Two New Books for the Medically-Minded

Whether you are searching for a holiday gift for the doctor in your family, or are fascinated by brilliant minds, these new books -- one memoir, one history -- offer intriguing looks at the lives and work of two eminent surgeons. 

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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2017

Artificial intelligence, angels fallen to earth, Loki, murderbots, apocalyptic doom, and a leap in evolution are among the highlights of this year's best science fiction and fantasy.

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Louise Erdrich's Dystopian Vision

"Sure, there’s a political agenda to everything I write.  But the story always comes first."

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YA Wednesday: Best Young Adult Books of 2017

Our favorite young adult books of the year include titles from authors we've been waiting on for years, series starters that now have us hooked, and strong contemporary fiction that made us think, cry, and laugh. Here's a sample of our top 20.

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The Best Books of the Year: "Priestdaddy" by Patricia Lockwood

Patricia Lockwood's Priestdaddy—her memoir of growing up in the midwest under the misguided parenting of that rarest of creatures: a married Catholic priest—seized hold of both our hearts and our funny bones and wouldn't let go, winning a spot among the Top 20 in our Best Books of the Year...

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Recipe Road Test: Meatballs Marsala from "Smitten Kitchen Every Day"

A dish from Smitten Kitchen Every Day (our top pick for the best cookbook of the year) that's quickly become a weeknight staple at my house...

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Best Books of the Year: Biographies & Memoirs

An "astonishing graphic memoir," the bizarre story of an infamous cult leader, and the complex relationship between an acclaimed writer and his mother are a just a few of our selections for the best biographies of 2017.

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A New Biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder Looks at the Facts Behind a Beloved Series

"One of the extraordinary stories of Wilder’s life is her relationship with her daughter and the ways in which it helps create these classic books. There really isn’t any other relationship like it in literary history that I am aware of."

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Best Cookbooks of 2017

Out of the stacks and stacks of cookbooks that crossed the desk and hit the kitchen counter, here's a taste of the twenty we think are the must-haves of 2017.

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