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The Best American Essays 2014

by John Jeremiah Sullivan, editor

This year's finest essays, diverse in subject matter, each one surprising and elegant.

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The Forgotten Girl

by David Bell

A man and his teenage niece search for a woman who disappeared in small-town Ohio--his sister.

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Nora Webster

by Colm Tóibín

A strong young Irish widow crafts her own life in a small town.

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Ticket to Childhood

by Nguyen Nhat Anh, trans. by Will Naythons

A startlingly vivid portrait of 21st-century Vietnam and its growing pains.

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Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights

by Katha Pollitt

In this discussion of abortion, women are at the center of the debate, giving them a voice on an issue that affects them more than anyone.

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The Brewer's Tale: A History of the World According to Beer

by William Bostwick

The influence of beer in history, and the more and less delicious forms it's taken along the way.

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Love Is the Drug

by Alaya Dawn Johnson

This ambitious novel combines the intrigue of an out-of-control pandemic with one teen's struggle for independence from her overbearing mother.

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Sons of Sparta

by Jeffrey Siger

Government corruption and murder on the Peloponnesian peninsula in an entertaining Greek mystery.

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The Luminous Heart of Jonah S.

by Gina B. Nahai

The effects of a family feud and a quest for revenge on a close-knit community across decades and continents.

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Media Heat

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

On Fresh Air: Gerard Russell, author of Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East (Basic Books, $28.99, 9780465030569).

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

On the Diane Rehm Show: David Greene, author of Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia (Norton, $26.95, 9780393239959).

Monday, October 20, 2014

On Fresh Air: Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (Spiegel & Grau, $28, 9780812994520).

On the Diane Rehm Show: Rebecca Frankel, author of War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love (Palgrave Macmillan, $26, 9781137279682).

Thursday, October 16, 2014

On KCRW's Bookworm: David Mitchell, author of The Bone Clocks (Random House, $30, 9781400065677).

On the Diane Rehm Show: Colm Toibin, author of Nora Webster: A Novel (Scribner, $27, 9781439138335).

On the Daily Show: Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (Spiegel & Grau, $28, 9780812994520).

On the Colbert Report: William Deresiewicz, author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life (Free Press, $26, 9781476702711).

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

On Diane Rehm: Suki Kim, author of Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite (Crown, $24, 9780307720658).

On the Daily Show: Bill O'Reilly, co-author of Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General (Holt, $30, 9780805096682).

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