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‘The Familiar,’ by Mark Z. Danielewski - The New York Times

‘The Familiar,’ by Mark Z. Danielewski

‘The Familiar,’ by Mark Z. Danielewski - The New York Times

WE ARE NOT OURSELVES by Matthew Thomas / Thomas’s gorgeous family epic follows three Irish-American generations. (Photo: James Nieves/The New York Times)

100 Notable Books of 2014

WE ARE NOT OURSELVES by Matthew Thomas / Thomas’s gorgeous family epic follows three Irish-American generations. (Photo: James Nieves/The New York Times)

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle was rejected 26 times before it was published. | Community Post: 20 Brilliant Authors Whose Work Was Initially Rejected

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle was rejected 26 times before it was published.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle was rejected 26 times before it was published. | Community Post: 20 Brilliant Authors Whose Work Was Initially Rejected

LILA by Marilynne Robinson / A young woman with a past of hardship and suffering makes a new start in Robinson’s fictional town of Gilead, Iowa. (Photo: Patricia Wall/The New York Times)

100 Notable Books of 2014

LILA by Marilynne Robinson / A young woman with a past of hardship and suffering makes a new start in Robinson’s fictional town of Gilead, Iowa. (Photo: Patricia Wall/The New York Times)

10:04 by Ben Lerner / A Brooklyn-based narrator preoccupied with identity decides to help his best friend have a child in this frequently brilliant second novel. Click to see the full list of 100 Notable Books of 2014. (Photo: Sonny Figueroa/The New York Times)

100 Notable Books of 2014

10:04 by Ben Lerner / A Brooklyn-based narrator preoccupied with identity decides to help his best friend have a child in this frequently brilliant second novel. Click to see the full list of 100 Notable Books of 2014. (Photo: Sonny Figueroa/The New York Times)

THE INVISIBLE HISTORY OF THE HUMAN RACE: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures by Christine Kenneally / Kenneally takes a smart and highly entertaining look at the revelations DNA can provide. (Photo: Patricia Wall/The New York Times)

100 Notable Books of 2014

THE INVISIBLE HISTORY OF THE HUMAN RACE: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures by Christine Kenneally / Kenneally takes a smart and highly entertaining look at the revelations DNA can provide. (Photo: Patricia Wall/The New York Times)

ON IMMUNITY: An Inoculation by Eula Biss / Drawing on science, myth and literature, Biss spellbindingly examines the psychological fog of fear that surrounds immunization today. (Photo: Patricia Wall/The New York Times)

100 Notable Books of 2014

ON IMMUNITY: An Inoculation by Eula Biss / Drawing on science, myth and literature, Biss spellbindingly examines the psychological fog of fear that surrounds immunization today. (Photo: Patricia Wall/The New York Times)

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