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08:48

Maureen Corrigan's favorite books of the year: 10 disparate reads for a hectic 2022

Some years, my best books list falls into a pattern: like a year that's dominated by dystopian fiction or stand-out memoirs. But, as perhaps befits this hectic year, the best books I read in 2022 sprawl all over the place in subject and form. Here are 10 superb titles from 2022:

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08:45

Small in scope, Claire Keegan's 'Foster' packs an emotional wallop

Keegan is a writer who revels in the suspense of the unspoken, the held breath. Her new novella centers on a nameless young girl whose parents leave her in the care of relatives for the summer.

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08:34

Author reminds Americans that Samuel Adams was a revolutionary before he was a beer

The Revolutionary is not merely a dutiful exhumation of a poorly remembered Founding Father, it's a thrilling, timely account of how the American Revolution happened.

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08:06

A canine psychologist with a new puppy explores 'how dogs become themselves'

Alexandra Horowitz is a professor of psychology and founder of the Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College. Horowitz's new book is called "The Year Of The Puppy." Our book critic Maureen Corrigan says it offers readers plenty to chew on.

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08:13

Celeste Ng's powerful new dystopian novel reflects our headlines back to us

Our Missing Hearts imagines a world of governmental cruelty — and the armies of citizens who both facilitate and resist. It's a masterful work that epitomizes the possibilities of storytelling.

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08:50

'Less' offers more in Andrew Sean Greer's follow-up to his Pulitzer-winning novel

Less is Lost is the sequel to Sean Greer's novel Less, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2018.

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07:44

Ling Ma's first novel predicted the pandemic. Her new collection goes one step beyond

Maureen Corrigan reviews Ling Ma's new collection of stories Bliss Montage.

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10:00

'If I Survive You' is a sweeping portrait of a family's fight to make it in America

Jonathan Escoffery's debut is called If I Survive You, eight interconnected short stories about a Jamaican family living in Florida. The "you" his characters are trying to survive is America itself.

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08:35

'The Last White Man' spins a deft, if narrow, fantasy about identity

Maureen Corrigan calls 'The Last White Man' a deft, if narrow, Twilight Zone-type fantasy about identity.

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08:55

The immersive novel 'Tomorrow' is a winner for gamers and n00bs alike

Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin.

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