USA TODAY's top books ofAfter a night of mischief, the girl Quentin loves disappears. A boy finds excitement when he meets a girl named Alaska. A girl copes with life under the Nazis by stealing books. An island, an abandoned orphanage and a collection of curious photographs. A girl faces new realities when she learns she has cancer. A boy leaves his reservation to attend an all-white school. Colin Singleton wants to break the pattern of being dumped.
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Szabo, who died in , first published her novel in , in the last years of Communist rule; this supple translation shows how a story about two women in 20th-century Hungary can resonate in a very different time and place. This revelatory collection gathers 43 of them, introducing her to a wider audience as an uncompromising and largehearted observer of life whose sympathies favor smart, mouthy women struggling to get by much as Berlin herself — an alcoholic who raised four sons on her own — frequently did. A divorced woman traveling in Greece, our narrator, talks — or rather listens — to the people she meets, absorbing their stories of love and loss, deception, pride and folly. Coates writes to his son with a cleareyed realism about the beautiful and terrible struggle that inheres in flesh and bone. If sugar was the defining commodity of the 18th century and oil of the 20th, then surely cotton was king in the 19th century. In this sweeping, ambitious and disturbing survey , Beckert takes us through every phase of a global industry that has relied on millions of miserably treated slaves, sharecroppers and millworkers to turn out its product. The industrialization of cotton rested on violence, Beckert tells us, and its story is that of the development of the modern world itself.
Hence the lists that follow. The New York Times has three daily book critics. Because they review different titles, there can be no getting them into a room to vote on a single, unanimous Top 10 list. But for each there were favorites, and books that stood out from the crowd. In the lists below, we are happy to share them. Michiko Kakutani and Janet Maslin present their books roughly in order of preference. Janet Maslin stepped down from full-time reviewing this year, but she remains a contributor of reviews to The Times.
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Harper Lee, Marie Kondo, and Jeff Kinney topped the print bestseller lists in for adult fiction, adult nonfiction, and juvenile books, respectively. Here are the 20 bestselling books of the year in each of those categories. Grey by E. James Vintage Unit Sales: 1,, 3. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah St. The Great Gatsby by F.
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