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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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Review: Geraldine Brooks’ The Secret Chord Breathes New Life into King David

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In The Secret Chord (Viking, October 6, 2015), a splendid re-imagining of King David’s life, Geraldine Brooks harmonically blends historical record with her gift for breathing life into people and events that have shaped our world. Brooks won the Pulitzer Prize for her 2005 novel March which takes place in America during the Civil War. The Silent Chord draws its inspiration from events occurring in Israel during the Second Iron Age, the time when David ruled. Beyond his slaying of Goliath, his talent as a harpist and his achingly beautiful psalms, few are familiar with David’s full story. But Brooks, who says she was inspired to write The Secret Chord after her 9-year-old son began playing the harp, paints a…

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