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The NYTimes Best Books of 2018

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    The Great Believers

    by Rebecca Makkai

    “A page turner…An absorbing and emotionally riveting story about what it’s like to live during times of crisis.“ — The New York Times Book Review
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    The Perfect Nanny

    by Leila Slimani

    “[An] unnerving cautionary tale . . . Pretty radical for a domestic thriller, but what’s more remarkable about this unconventional novel is the author’s intimate analysis of the special relationship between a mother and a nanny. . . . Slimani writes devastatingly perceptive character studies.” —  The New York Times Book Review
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    There There

    by Tommy Orange

    “Bravura… There There has so much jangling energy and brings so much news from a distinct corner of American life that it’s a revelation… its appearance marks the passing of a generational baton.” — Dwight Garner, The New York Times
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    Washington Black

    by Esi Edugyan

    “A daring work of empathy and imagination, featuring a Barbados slave boy in the 1830s who flees barbaric cruelty in a hot-air balloon and embarks on a life of adventure that is wondrous, melancholy, and strange.” —The New York Times Book Review 
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    American Prison

    by Shane Bauer

    American Prison reprises [Bauer’s] page-turning narrative [as reported in Mother Jones], and adds not only the fascinating back story of CCA, the nation’s first private prison company, but also an eye-opening examination of the history of corrections as a profit-making enterprise.” — The New York Times Book Review
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    Educated

    by Tara Westover

    “Westover has somehow managed not only to capture her unsurpassably exceptional upbringing, but to make her current situation seem not so exceptional at all, and resonant for many others.” —The New York Times Book Review
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    How to Change Your Mind

    by Michael Pollan

    “Pollan keeps you turning the pages …. cleareyed and assured.” — The New York Times
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