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Dan Kois’ Favorite Books of 2014

Fifteen great novels, comics, and collections from Slate’s books editor.

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Dec. 5 2014 10:15 AMTwelve and a Half Years, 224 PagesThe saga of Akhil Sharma’s magnificent second novel, Family Life.
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Dec. 5 2014 9:15 AMWhose Life?The Paris Wife, Freud’s Mistress, Vanessa and Her Sister: Biography battles fan fiction for the right to a writer’s story.
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Dec. 4 2014 2:21 PMThe Top 10 Books of the YearAs picked by the editors of the Slate Book Review.
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Dec. 4 2014 11:28 AMThe Light and the DarknessA brutal and beautiful second novel about a slave rebellion in 1801 Jamaica.
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Dec. 3 2014 11:15 AMCinéma VéritéThe reissued novel Screenplay explores a familiar fantasy of the movies.
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Dec. 3 2014 8:47 AMThe Overlooked Books of 2014Slate Book Review critics suggest 27 great books you never heard about—but should’ve.
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Dec. 2 2014 10:15 AMThe Fabric of Our LivesThe brutal history of cotton debunks many of the most popular myths about capitalism.
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Dec. 2 2014 6:14 AMThe 22 Best Lines of 2014Good music, bad lovin’, and great writing from some of 2014’s most enjoyable books.
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Dec. 1 2014 9:03 AMAn Immodest ProposalA demented sex comedy for our impersonal age is the first novel on the Slate/Whiting Second Novel List.
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Nov. 7 2014 11:28 AMHappiness, Inspiration, and WellnessThe ingredients of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
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Nov. 7 2014 9:27 AMThose Happy Golden YearsMore than 80 years later, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s true story is published.
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Nov. 6 2014 3:27 PMThe Lady VanishedA new biography introduces us to the real Penelope Fitzgerald.
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Nov. 6 2014 8:53 AMThe Tragic Story of Everyday LifeLudmilla Petrushevskaya is the Tolstoy of the communal kitchen.
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Nov. 5 2014 1:19 PMPretending to Be MeA new biography of Philip Larkin can’t face his flaws.
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Nov. 4 2014 9:34 AMDown and OutDenis Johnson returns to Africa, this time in fiction.
The Audio Book Club
Dec. 5 2014 10:00 AMThe Audio Book Club Realizes We Are All Completely Beside OurselvesDan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and Emily Bazelon discuss Karen Joy Fowler’s novel about an all-too-human family.
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Dec. 5 2014 7:00 AMThe Return of the Cartoonist Studio PrizeWhat are best print and Web comics of 2014?
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Dec. 4 2014 2:00 PMNo Hugging, No LearningMeghan Daum’s tough, smart, wonderful collection of essays.
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Dec. 3 2014 11:44 PMThe Comedy of BeardsA theory.
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Dec. 3 2014 10:14 AMA Girl, a Gold Farmer, and a GameIn Real Life is a clever and humane new comic about the video-game world.
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Dec. 3 2014 8:02 AMBorn ActorsA theater troupe tours the South American countryside in the third book on the Slate/Whiting Second Novel List.
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Dec. 2 2014 6:42 AMThe Yearning of ArtistsA poet’s second novel about learning to live, write, and love in a bygone New York.
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Dec. 1 2014 12:21 PMMan DownA new essay collection attempts to explain why men are ridiculous.
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Nov. 30 2014 11:52 PMBest Books 2014: Slate Staff PicksSlate’s columnists, editors, and bloggers pick their favorite books of the year.
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Nov. 7 2014 9:33 AMThe Audio Book Club Goes to The Magician’s LandOur critics discuss the final volume of Lev Grossman’s fantasy trilogy.
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Nov. 6 2014 3:49 PMRather HopelessAnthony Powell’s bleak first book is the funniest novel you’ve never read.
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Nov. 6 2014 9:41 AMRabbit EarsAn all-ages cartoon memoir about a deaf girl and her search for a best friend.
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Nov. 5 2014 3:12 PMThe Old NormalWhere should readers draw the line between Richard Ford and his famous protagonist Frank Bascombe?
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Nov. 5 2014 12:27 PMLook at Me, I’m Peggy LeeA new biography makes the “Fever” singer seem glamorous and pathetic all at once.
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Nov. 3 2014 1:20 PMInvisible Airplane, Meet Glass CeilingWilliam Moulton Marston, his two wives, and the feminist origins of Wonder Woman.

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