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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This is a love story: Mona Simpson’s Casebook

imagesIn an interview conducted by David O. Russell at UCLA’s Hammer Museum, Mona Simpson said of her new novel Casebook, that she had been trying to find a way to tell this love story for a long time. It wasn’t until she landed on the idea of telling the story through the lens of her teenage narrator that she was able to write the romance that is Casebook.

I wanted to write this love story … but I couldn’t write it full on. – Mona Simpson

Whoa whoa whoa. A love story?

Clearly Simpson is the expert on the text and I’m just some Schmoe who read her book while sitting in a deck chair and sipping glass after glass of Rioja. But would we call this a romance?

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