The best, best books list of 2014

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Here at Red Brick Reads we like to remind our readers that we know better than the big review sites that will purport to tell you what the best books of the year were. Sure, they have access to authors, writing staffs large enough to review all of the significant publications in a given year, the respect of most readers, and money. But we make up for all of that with jokes about Kanye West and the investigative ability to crack one of the biggest book conspiracies of the year.

May this list help guide your holiday shopping, even if you’re just buying books to read during your winter hibernation. If nothing else, maybe it will help you sound well-read at your spouse’s awful company Christmas party.

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Marie-Helene Bertino is a writer who lives in Brooklyn and NOT a “Brooklyn writer”

indexMarie-Helene Bertino’s debut novel 2 a.m. at The Cat’s Pajamas will be released on August 5th and it’s special enough that you should send yourself an iCal reminder to go pick it up next Tuesday. I received a free review copy but it’s an ebook so I’m going to sneak away from the conference I’ll be attending on Tuesday and find a bookstore in Seattle where I can buy a physical copy. Because I’m certain this is a book I’ll read again, perhaps on Christmas Eve eve, and one that I’ll loan to other readers who can’t quite put their finger on what they’re looking for in a book.

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