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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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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books That Take Us Out of This World

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This week’s Heat Index is all about getting out of this world. Not only are there sorcerers in different dimensions, but strap in for haunted ruins, wars and romance as we explore these five new releases that are sure to bring out the mystical side of every book lover. Sometimes all we really want is to escape from our every day lives and jump into a pool of illusion, even just for a short time. If nothing else, these reads will allow you to expand the mind and explore the many realms they have to offer. Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo (Henry Holt and Co., September 29) “Cracking page-turner with a multi ethnic band of misfits with differing sexual orientations who…

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