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“It wasn’t easy narrowing down next year’s list of buzzy titles to just 50, so trust that this is going to be a great reading year. Here are the books we’re most excited for, from major novels to fascinating memoirs to a Jim Carrey book we’re struggling to explain. And click the release dates on each slide to make all the pre-orders your heart desires.”
“It is all there—life, not just in the American South but this American life, period—waiting for you to take the ride, the heartbreaking and brave journey that is Marguerite Johnson’s young life. Ahead of its publication, James Baldwin said Caged Bird ‘liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity. I have no words for this achievement, but I know that not since the days of my childhood, when the people in books were more real than the people one saw every day, have I found myself so moved….Her portrait is a biblical study in life in the midst of death.'”
“A lot has changed over the course of the last 10 years, y’all. The 2010s kicked off with the WikiLeaks scandal, and ended with the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange earlier this year. Netflix and Hulu had only just begun to stream in 2010, and now we live in a world in which premium cable networks have their own, separate streaming services. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down DOMA in 2013, paving the way for the Court to legalize marriages for similar-gender couples midway through the decade. All that’s just a brief sampling of all the ways our lives have changed this decade.”