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The Book(s) of the Year

With picks aggregated from a total of 58 sources in all, the clear consensus for the 2013 "book of the year" has ended in...a tie. George Saunders' TENTH OF DECEMBER and Donna Tartt's THE GOLDFINCH stood well above all others in the final count, each garnering 25 picks. (That ties…

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The Updated Top 10 Books of the Year

Usually we don't consider our tabulation of the year's best books over until the beginning of January since the lists keep coming until then. But here is our latest weekly update of the Best of the Best of 2013, to fuel some final holiday shopping ideas. As often happens, the…

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More Bests

The latest best books lists come from the three critics at the New York Times, Dwight Garner, Michiko Kakutani and Janet Maslin -- who writes, "Let us be the first to tell you: These are quirky lists. They're supposed to be. These are our favorite books of the year, so…

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Apple's Top Picks and Bestsellers, Google's Lists, and Kobo's Favorites

Apple has named a short group of "best books" for the year, picking George Saunders' Tenth of December as their best work of fiction; Bill Bryson's One Summer as best nonfiction; Brandon Sanderson's The Rithmatist as best YA; and Breaking Bad as the best "made for iBooks" title. The iBookstore…

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Amazon's Many Bestseller Lists

As usual, Amazon has released a wealth of bestseller lists for the year. On their site they break out Top 100 lists of print books and ebooks for both adult titles as well as books for kids & teens. (The success of new adult and crossover YA makes that an…

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Favorite Books of 2013, From the News Editor

So many best-of lists, many carefully aggregated on an ongoing basis for our consensus "Best of the Best" collection, but there is always room for one more. My reading year of 2013 gravitated mostly to my usual categories – literary fiction, crime fiction, memoir, and a smattering of biography –…

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The Latest of The Best of The Best of 2013

We've logged another dozen lists on our aggregated Best of the Best of 2013 lists -- most recently the Wall Street Journal's favorite fiction and nonfiction; and picks from Lucas Wittmann and the annual can't-miss from our own very well read Sarah Weinman. In fiction, the favorites continue to pull away…

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2013: The Year We Gaveled On

We don't usually play the game of making broad simplistic declarations about players of the year, but in our newsroom 2013 was truly the "Year of the Gavel." New York Southern District Court Judge Denise Cote -- recently the focus of a scathing editorial in the WSJ calling her "a…

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More Best Books from NYTBR, Time

The New York Times Book Review published their 10 best books of the year online on Wednesday equally separated between fiction and nonfiction. (Individual critics' lists are still tk.) Fiction AMERICANAH, Chimananda Ngozi Adichie LIFE AFTER LIFE, Kate Atkinson THE FLAMETHROWERS, Rachel Kushner TENTH OF DECEMBER, George Saunders THE GOLDFINCH, Donna Tartt Nonfiction…

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NPR's Concierge, and More Bests

NPR realized their list of year-end book picks had gotten a little out of hand, with 20 lists in late 2012. "You love lists. We love lists. Everyone loves lists. And in the past five years, NPR has brought you more than 80 year-end book lists — the best book…

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