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Fates and Furies

Announcing BookTrib’s Best Books of 2015

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The best books of 2015 immersed us in richly imagined stories about marriages, murders and general mayhem, as well as the grim reality of racism in America, memories of a life infused with music and advice on how to tap into our inner creativity. Condensing the year’s great books into a manageable list was challenging, but here’s a look at some you should read or give as gifts as 2015 draws to a close: Best novel: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (Riverhead) Why it’s a winner: This sharp-edged dissection of a marriage was a finalist for this year’s National Book Award, but surely there was no book published in 2015 that so deftly cut into gritty pieces the complicated…

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All in the Family: 3 Books that Explore the Ties that Bind

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There’s no getting around it—as we build toward the holidays we’re going to have to spend at least some time with family. To put it all in perspective we have three books about families in emotional crisis. There’s nothing like peeking at someone else’s family drama to appreciate your own family. This week’s recommendations are brought to us by Jill Miner, owner of Saturn Booksellers, a popular independent bookstore that has won the Michigan Retailer of the Year Award for small businesses and the local Chamber of Commerce’s Golden Pineapple Award for Best Customer Service. The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro (Algonquin Books, November 3, 2015) “During Roosevelt’s WPA program, artists were put to work creating large-scale pieces for public spaces.…

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2015 National Book Award Nominees

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The National Book Foundation’s list of nominees for the prestigious National Book Award was released today and we’ve got the full list of Fiction authors who are up for the prize. Receiving the National Book Award is a huge deal as a win would place the recipient beside such literary icons like Flannery O’Connor, John Updike, Alice Walker and Don DeLillo. Ten authors make up the list and this year’s selection couldn’t be more varied. Two debut novelists are making their appearance in the book, Angela Flournoy and Bill Clegg. But the nominees also include staples like Adam Johnson (a Pulitzer Prize winner) and Lauren Groff. All in all, this year’s selection is pretty exciting and we can’t wait to…

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