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This insular and harrowing novel follows two families of Central American immigrants trying to make it in America. Emotionally wrenching, yet remarkably restrained.
This fascinating look at the progeny of America’s first (and really only) lady super-hero is pure fun--and a nice sidebar to a study of feminism in general.
How well do you know your husband? This psychological twister follows a New York therapist down the dark path of her own marriage.
Without a doubt one of the most important environmental studies of all time, this nonfiction book outlines the five major extinctions from throughout the earth’s history--and explores how humans may be ushering in the next.
The best YA book of 2014, We Were Liars follows Waspy Cape Cod teens in the wake of a terrible tragedy... and that’s all you need to know. (Seriously, don’t let anyone spoil this book for you!)
Whatever your thoughts on Lena Dunham, it’s worth reading her buzzy essay collection, which sparkles with wit, anger and truly intelligent smart-girl musings.
This sly, dystopian novel takes place in a not-so-distant future, when the flurry of digital communication is causing humans to literally forget their own vocabularies. It’s also, we might note, remarkably well written.
We can’t stop talking about this outstanding tour de force set in 1920s England. Though it’s best not to know too much going in, we can say the plot involves illicit lesbian relationships, brutal murder and frantic, sloppy cover-ups. Thoroughly unputdownable.
Sure, there’s Santa, fruitcake and carolers aplenty. But as far as we’re concerned, the best thing about December is the propensity of “best of” lists.
Here at PureWow, our literary gurus have finally agreed on their eight favorite books of the year.
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