New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2014 Released

Just released today is the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2014. We see that Books for Her reviewed one book on the list: We are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas. It’s not a huge surprise for us to have read only one on the list as NYT focuses on impactful, culturally significant and/or deep-thinking reads, while our reviews lean toward more escapist reading.  Here’s some that sound intriguing to us:

Fiction (and Poetry):

  • FOURTH OF JULY CREEK. By Smith Henderson. (Ecco/HarperCollins, $26.99.) In Henderson’s impressive novel, an overburdened social worker becomes involved with a near-feral boy and his survivalist father in 1980 Montana.
  • THE PAYING GUESTS. By Sarah Waters. (Riverhead, $28.95.) Hard times, forbidden love, murder and justice are the themes of this nevertheless comic novel, set in London after World War I.

Non-fiction:

  • CUBED: A Secret History of the Workplace. By Nikil Saval. (Doubleday, $26.95.) This account of office design and technology since the Civil War offers insights into the changing nature of work.
  • THE EMPATHY EXAMS: Essays. By Leslie Jamison. (Graywolf, $15.)Considerations of pain, physical and emotional, and how it affects our relationships with one another and with ourselves.

If you’re looking for a little more fictional, fun reads, check out our Holiday Gift Guide: Books for Her Top Books of 2014 here.

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