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by Richard McGuire
From one of the great comic innovators, Here is the illustrated story of a corner of a room and of the events that have occurred in that space over the course of hundreds of thousands of years.
by Haruki Murakami
From internationally acclaimed author Haruki Murakami - a fantastical illustrated short novel about a boy imprisoned in a nightmarish library.
by Anthony Horowitz
Internationally bestselling author Anthony Horowitz’s nail-biting new novel plunges us back into the dark and complex world of detective Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty in the aftermath of their fateful struggle at the Reichenbach Falls.
by Jose Saramago
A previously unpublished novel by a literary master, Skylight tells the intertwined stories of the residents of a faded apartment building in 1940s Lisbon.
by Molly Guptill Manning
In 1943, the War Department and the publishing sent 120 million small, lightweight paperbacks overseas for troops to carry in their pockets and their rucksacks, in every theater of war. This is their story.
The Skeleton Road by Val McDermid
Bestselling author Val McDermid delivers a gripping standalone novel about a cold case that links back to the Balkan Wars of the 1990s.
Hiding in Plain Sight
A profound exploration of the tensions between freedom and obligation, the ways gender and sexual preference define us, and the unexpected paths by which the political disrupts the personal.
by Ha Jin
A riveting tale of espionage and conflicted loyalties that spans half a century in the entwined histories of two countries - China and the United States - and two families.
by Jonathan Carroll
In this surreal masterpiece five people who live in the same New England town go to sleep one night and all share the same hyper-realistic dream. Some of these people know each other; some don't.
by Michael Faber
Leaving behind his beloved wife, missionary Peter Leigh boards a flight for a remote place where the locals are hungry for the teachings of the Bible - his 'book of strange new things'. Here is a wildly original tale of adventure, faith and the ties that might hold two people together when they are worlds apart.
In an NPR piece on Murakami's The Strange Library, the reviewer writes, "the story itself, full of characters and images both awfully weird and utterly down to earth, transforms as you read it, becoming a living, nearly talismanic exercise in how to lift yourself out of the realm of the ordinary and allow the sentences to carry you into an alternate universe."
Hilary Mantel’s critics are outraged that her new story collection, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, is set to be a BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime in January, but neither Mantel nor the BBC will be shying away, The Guardian reports.
The Folio Prize has announced its really long long list – 80 books long, the LA Times reports. The short list will be announced in February, and the winner declared in March.
Judy Blume is releasing her first book for adults in 15 years. In the Unlikely Event will be published in June 2015.
Australia's Prime Minister Literary Award was awarded to author Steven Carroll for his book, A World of Other People – that is, until Prime Minister Tony Abbott exercised his right to 'final decision' and awarded the prize to Richard Flanagan for The Narrow Road to the Deep North, instead, despite the judges' unanimous vote for Carroll. In the end, the two split the prize and Flanagan donated his share to charity – as reported by NPR.
They rank Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant, On Immunity, Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life, The Sixth Extinction, and Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David as the top non-fiction reads of 2014.
Bill Gates' end-of-the-year book list includes the five best books he read in 2014.