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2014 Man Booker Prize Longlist
13 books — 104 voters
The 231 Club by J. BartellA Spy Among Friends by Ben MacintyreAgent Zigzag by Ben MacintyreThe Spy and the Traitor by Ben MacintyreA Man Called Intrepid by William Stevenson
Best Espionage Books (nonfiction)
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The Devil in the White City by Erik LarsonThe Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey NiffeneggerThe Jungle by Upton SinclairDivergent by Veronica RothBinding Arbitration by Elizabeth Marx
Books Set in Chicago
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The Help by Kathryn Stockett11/22/63 by Stephen KingThe Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom WolfeGo Ask Alice by Beatrice SparksHelter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi
Best Novels about the 1960s (fiction)
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Kira-Kira by Cynthia KadohataAmerican Born Chinese by Gene Luen YangGirl in Translation by Jean KwokBorn Confused by Tanuja Desai HidierA Step from Heaven by An Na
Best Asian-American Teen Fiction
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Elizabeth Gilbert
Americans have an inability to relax into sheer pleasure.Ours is an entertainment seeking-nation, but not necessarily a pleasure-seeking one....This is the cause of that great sad American stereotype- the overstressed executive who goes on vacation, but who cannot relax.
Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

Carl Sagan
For me, the most ironic token of [the first human moon landing] is the plaque signed by President Richard M. Nixon that Apollo 11 took to the moon. It reads: "We came in peace for all Mankind." As the United States was dropping 7 ½ megatons of conventional explosives on small nations in Southeast Asia, we congratulated ourselves on our humanity. We would harm no one on a lifeless rock. ...more
Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

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