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21“The Wilderness Warrior”

Douglas Brinkley takes on Theodore Roosevelt’s efforts to save America’s wilderness in “The Wilderness Warrior,” a book as big as its subject.

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22“Manufacturing Depression”

Depression: a frame of mind or a sales tactic? “Manufacturing Depression” exposes the pharmaceutical industry’s role in developing depression as we know it.

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Netherland (Pantheon Books, 2008) is a novel described by Dwight Garner, in the New York Times, as “the wittiest, angriest, most exacting and most desolate work of fiction we’ve yet had about life in New York and London after the World Trade Center fell.”

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24“Wild Child”

T.C. Boyle takes us on a crazy ride of literature in “Wild Child,” spitting out a collection of stories and characters that are thoroughly unique.

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D.A. Powell’s poetry collection “Chronic” soars in its electric anger, celebration and suspicion of love.

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26“The Collected Poems of C. P. Cavafy”

“The Collected Poems of C.P. Cavafy,” translated by Daniel Mendelsohn, renders the poet’s exquisite Greek ruminations in analogous English.

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27“The Believers”

In “The Believers,” a controversial attorney defends an alleged Muslim terrorist in court before falling into a coma, bringing out the best and worst in his manic-depressive family.

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28“The Warmth of Other Suns”

“The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” (Random House, 2010) is a story that was waiting to be told.

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29“Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It”

“Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It” approaches the difficulties of human relations in the controlled voice of Maile Meloy.

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30“Cheerful Money”

Tad Friend, a staff writer for the New Yorker, pens a hilarious and touching memoir about quirky relatives on the brink of extinction.

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