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10 Best Books I Didn’t Read in 2012

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The top ten books that I didn’t read this year include Hitchens’ Mortality, Ron Rash’s The Cove, and Junot Diaz’s This Is How You Lose Her.

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Holiday Book Shopping Guides, Best of 2012 Roundup: Monday’s Margins

Christmas Tree Made of Books

A look at critics’ favorite books of 2012, holiday book shopping guides, and a year in reading.

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Bruce, by Peter Ames Carlin: A Springsteen Biography

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Peter Ames Carlin’s Bruce is the first Springsteen biography in 25 years to be written with complete access to the Boss.

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Monday’s Margins: Happy Baby Movie, Hallelujah!

Happy Baby movie

Stephen Elliott is making a Happy Baby movie (with your help), Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is a religious experience, and the NY Times overlooks 25 good books.

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Two or Three Things We Know About the 2012 National Book Award Finalists

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The 2012 National Book Award winners will be announced November 14th. Here are some facts you should (or shouldn’t?) know about the finalists.

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Monday’s Margins: New David Foster Wallace, Self-Publishing Answers and NaNoWriMo Advice

David Foster Wallace Both Flesh and Not cover

Notable book releases for early November 2012, writing advice for NaNoWrimo and self-publishers, a memoir of the literary life by Michele Filgate, and more.

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Monday’s Margins: Whore Stories, Surrealism, Literary Asheville

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A roundup of literary links involving Asheville, surrealism, Jess Walter, Whore Stories, Nicholson Baker, and more.

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Monday’s Margins: Blue Sky Thinking, Literary Lies and Confessions

Cloudy Blue Sky

Have you ever claimed to read a book that you never actually finished? Plus news on Jonah Lehrer, Josh Ritter, and the Million Writers Award.

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Monday’s Margins: Casino Pulitzer Remix Kickstarter

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Lit-link roundup: Pulitzer Do-Over, 50 Short Fictions at Wigleaf, Nick Antosca, Blake Butler, Alix Ohlin, TMN contest, Baffler fundraiser and more.

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Received: John Irving’s In One Person

John Irving In One Person Cover

Keywords: bisexual narrator, “sexual suspect,” Vermont, amateur theatrical society, AIDS

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Monday’s Margins: Fast Machine Apocalypses and Stephen King’s Talking Head

“You could say these stories are meant to shock, but we all know that we live in an unshockable age.”

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Monday’s Margins: I’m Nobody, Who Are You? Are You — A Pulitzer Winner — Too?

Denis Johnson Train Dreams cover

The 2012 Pulitzer Prize for fiction went to nobody.

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Monday’s Margins: Immerse Yourself in Small Fates, Sweet Nothings, Ways to Swim

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This week’s links include the luck of artistic success, DFW and Don DeLillo, Teju Cole’s Small Fates and more.

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Monday’s Margins: Word Riot Turns 10

A lazy Monday, so I just wanted to let you know that Jackie Corley and friends have now provided you with 10 years of Word Riot. We say: Here’s to 10 more years.    

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Monday’s Margins: WILD, B*tches in Bookshops, Baseball

“The beautiful thing about memoir is also the thing that makes it the most appalling: It’s actually you on the page.”

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