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In a year of book bans, maureen corrigan's top 10 affirm the joy of reading widely.

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Absolution; Biography of X; Blackouts; The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store; How to Say Babylon; I Am Homeless If This Is Not My Home; Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma; This Other Eden; Up With the Sun; The Wager

If you were to judge a year solely by its books, you'd have to say 2023 was outstanding; but, in a different sense, book banning effort s have also been outstanding this year. This year's 10 best books list is an affirmation of the pleasures of reading widely and freely:

How to Say Babylon: A Memoir by Safiya Sinclair

How To Say Babylon

In her charged memoir, How to Say Babylon, Safiya Sinclair evokes her childhood in Jamaica and charts her gradual revolt against her strict Rastafarian upbringing. Sinclair's father, a celebrated reggae musician, dictated his daughters' diet, education and appearance: dreadlocks, no jewelry and figure obliterating clothing. The pull of poetry along with Sinclair's own innate resolve not to become a subordinate wife — someone, as she says, "Ordinary and unselfed," — carried her into a wider world. Find Sinclair's Fresh Air interview here.

Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma by Claire Dederer


Monsters, by Claire Dederer, is cultural criticism at its most incisive and wry. In this slim book, Dederer, who started out as a film critic, dives into the vexed issue of whether art created by men (and some women) who've done "monstrous" things can still be considered great. Should geniuses like Picasso, Dederer asks, get a "hall pass" for their behavior? Read my full review here.

The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder by David Grann

The Wager

David Grann's latest work of narrative nonfiction, The Wager, is part Robinson Crusoe , part Lord of the Flies. The Wager tells the gripping tale of a British ship of that name that broke apart off the coast of Patagonia in 1741. "As the waves thumped the ship, ... ," Grann writes of the ship's final death blow, "it lunged forward and struck more rocks. The rudder shattered and an anchor weighing more than two tons crashed through the ship's hull, leaving a gaping hole in the Wager." Some of the stranded sailors patched together a rickety vessel and sailed 2,500 miles to Brazil. But, then, a second group of sailors from The Wager miraculously surfaced and the official survival story became much more complicated. Find Grann's Fresh Air interview here.

I Am Homeless If This Is Not My Home: A Novel by Lorrie Moore

I Am Homeless If This Is Not My Home: A Novel

Just the title of Lorrie Moore's latest novel tells you how singular and strange her vision is. I Am Homeless If This Is Not My Home intertwines a Civil War story with a contemporary tale in which a man takes the body of his deceased beloved on a road trip. Moore, here, movingly literalizes the desire to have some more time with a loved one who's died. Read my full review here.

Up With the Sun by Thomas Mallon

Up With the Sun, by Thomas Mallon

Up With the Sun, by Thomas Mallon, is a novel about showbiz strivers in mid-to-late 20th-century America. It zeroes in on the "aggressively ingratiating" real-life actor Dick Kallman, who, for a time, was a protégé of Lucille Ball's. Kallman was murdered by robbers in his Manhattan home in 1980 — a townhouse that doubled as a showroom for his antiques business grandly called: "Possessions of Prominence." Mallon, whose novel, Fellow Travelers, about closeted gay men during the McCarthy era is now a miniseries , is one of our most evocative and drollest novelists. Read my full review here , and find Mallon's Fresh Air interview here .

The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride

The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, by James McBride

The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, by James McBride, is mostly set in the historically Black and immigrant Jewish neighborhood of Chicken Hill in Pottstown, Pa., in 1925. When the state decides to institutionalize a 12-year-old Black boy — who's been branded, "deaf and dumb" — a group of characters violate boundaries of color and class to save him. If you think that premise sounds sentimental, you haven't read McBride, who contains the chaos of the world in his sentences. Read my full review here.

Biography of X by Catherine Lacey

Biography of X, by Catherine Lacey

Talk about contained chaos: Catherine Lacey's novel, Biography of X, is the story of a widow during what she calls the "boneless days" of her grief, trying to piece together the truth about her wife, an artist who called herself "X." Lacey's edgy and unexpectedly moving novel is filled with photographs, footnotes and guest appearances by real-life figures, like Patti Smith and the New York School poet Frank O'Hara. Read my full review here.

This Other Eden by Paul Harding

This Other Eden by Paul Harding

Paul Harding's This Other Eden is inspired by true events on Malaga Island, Maine , which was once home to an interracial fishing community. After government officials under the sway of the pseudoscience of eugenics inspected the island in 1911, Malaga's 47 residents, including children, were forcibly removed, some of them rehoused in institutions for the "feeble-minded." In 2010, the state of Maine offered an official apology for the incident. Harding's novel about this horror is infused with dynamism, bravado and melancholy. Read my full review here .

Absolution by Alice McDermott

Absolution, by Alice McDermott

Absolution, by Alice McDermott, tells the story of Tricia, a shy newlywed in 1963, who arrives in Vietnam with her husband, an engineer "on loan" to Navy Intelligence. There, she meets Charlene, a strawberry blonde dynamo, who conscripts Tricia into her army of do-gooders. McDermott, one of our most nuanced novelists, suggests parallels between the women's insistent charity and the growing American military intervention in Vietnam. Decades later, Tricia will look back on that time and recall that: "the cocoon in which American dependents dwelled was still polished to a high shine by our sense of ourselves and our great, good nation." Read my full review here.

Blackouts by Justin Torres

Blackouts, by Justin Torres

Justin Torres' Blackouts won this year's National Book Award for Fiction . At its center is an extended deathbed conversation between two gay men about sex, family ostracism, Puerto Rican identity and the films they love, like Kiss of the Spider Woman (an inspiration for this novel). Torres' title, Blackouts, refers to the blacking out of pre-Stonewall accounts of queer lives, what the younger of the two characters here describes as stories of "something grand: a subversive, variant culture; an inheritance." Read my full review here.

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1. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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This novel is a multi-generational saga that focuses on the Buendía family, who founded the fictional town of Macondo. It explores themes of love, loss, family, and the cyclical nature of history. The story is filled with magical realism, blending the supernatural with the ordinary, as it chronicles the family's experiences, including civil war, marriages, births, and deaths. The book is renowned for its narrative style and its exploration of solitude, fate, and the inevitability of repetition in history.

2. Ulysses by James Joyce

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Set in Dublin, the novel follows a day in the life of Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman, as he navigates the city. The narrative, heavily influenced by Homer's Odyssey, explores themes of identity, heroism, and the complexities of everyday life. It is renowned for its stream-of-consciousness style and complex structure, making it a challenging but rewarding read.

3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Set in the summer of 1922, the novel follows the life of a young and mysterious millionaire, his extravagant lifestyle in Long Island, and his obsessive love for a beautiful former debutante. As the story unfolds, the millionaire's dark secrets and the corrupt reality of the American dream during the Jazz Age are revealed. The narrative is a critique of the hedonistic excess and moral decay of the era, ultimately leading to tragic consequences.

4. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

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This renowned novel is a sweeping exploration of memory, love, art, and the passage of time, told through the narrator's recollections of his childhood and experiences into adulthood in the late 19th and early 20th century aristocratic France. The narrative is notable for its lengthy and intricate involuntary memory episodes, the most famous being the "madeleine episode". It explores the themes of time, space and memory, but also raises questions about the nature of art and literature, and the complex relationships between love, sexuality, and possession.

5. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

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This classic novel follows the adventures of a man who, driven mad by reading too many chivalric romances, decides to become a knight-errant and roam the world righting wrongs under the name Don Quixote. Accompanied by his loyal squire, Sancho Panza, he battles windmills he believes to be giants and champions the virtuous lady Dulcinea, who is in reality a simple peasant girl. The book is a richly layered critique of the popular literature of Cervantes' time and a profound exploration of reality and illusion, madness and sanity.

6. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

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The novel follows the story of a teenager named Holden Caulfield, who has just been expelled from his prep school. The narrative unfolds over the course of three days, during which Holden experiences various forms of alienation and his mental state continues to unravel. He criticizes the adult world as "phony" and struggles with his own transition into adulthood. The book is a profound exploration of teenage rebellion, alienation, and the loss of innocence.

7. Moby Dick by Herman Melville

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The novel is a detailed narrative of a vengeful sea captain's obsessive quest to hunt down a giant white sperm whale that bit off his leg. The captain's relentless pursuit, despite the warnings and concerns of his crew, leads them on a dangerous journey across the seas. The story is a complex exploration of good and evil, obsession, and the nature of reality, filled with rich descriptions of whaling and the sea.

8. Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell

Cover of 'Nineteen Eighty Four' by George Orwell

Set in a dystopian future, the novel presents a society under the total control of a totalitarian regime, led by the omnipresent Big Brother. The protagonist, a low-ranking member of 'the Party', begins to question the regime and falls in love with a woman, an act of rebellion in a world where independent thought, dissent, and love are prohibited. The novel explores themes of surveillance, censorship, and the manipulation of truth.

9. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Cover of 'Crime and Punishment' by Fyodor Dostoevsky

A young, impoverished former student in Saint Petersburg, Russia, formulates a plan to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker to redistribute her wealth among the needy. However, after carrying out the act, he is consumed by guilt and paranoia, leading to a psychological battle within himself. As he grapples with his actions, he also navigates complex relationships with a variety of characters, including a virtuous prostitute, his sister, and a relentless detective. The narrative explores themes of morality, redemption, and the psychological impacts of crime.

10. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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This classic novel is a tale of love, revenge and social class set in the Yorkshire moors. It revolves around the intense, complex relationship between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, an orphan adopted by Catherine's father. Despite their deep affection for each other, Catherine marries Edgar Linton, a wealthy neighbor, leading Heathcliff to seek revenge on the two families. The story unfolds over two generations, reflecting the consequences of their choices and the destructive power of obsessive love.

11. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

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Set in the backdrop of the Napoleonic era, the novel presents a panorama of Russian society and its descent into the chaos of war. It follows the interconnected lives of five aristocratic families, their struggles, romances, and personal journeys through the tumultuous period of history. The narrative explores themes of love, war, and the meaning of life, as it weaves together historical events with the personal stories of its characters.

12. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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This novel follows the story of a young girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantastical world full of peculiar creatures and bizarre experiences. As she navigates through this strange land, she encounters a series of nonsensical events, including a tea party with a Mad Hatter, a pool of tears, and a trial over stolen tarts. The book is renowned for its playful use of language, logic, and its exploration of the boundaries of reality.

13. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

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The novel tells the story of Humbert Humbert, a man with a disturbing obsession for young girls, or "nymphets" as he calls them. His obsession leads him to engage in a manipulative and destructive relationship with his 12-year-old stepdaughter, Lolita. The narrative is a controversial exploration of manipulation, obsession, and unreliable narration, as Humbert attempts to justify his actions and feelings throughout the story.

14. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Set in early 19th-century England, this classic novel revolves around the lives of the Bennet family, particularly the five unmarried daughters. The narrative explores themes of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage within the society of the landed gentry. It follows the romantic entanglements of Elizabeth Bennet, the second eldest daughter, who is intelligent, lively, and quick-witted, and her tumultuous relationship with the proud, wealthy, and seemingly aloof Mr. Darcy. Their story unfolds as they navigate societal expectations, personal misunderstandings, and their own pride and prejudice.

15. The Bible by Christian Church

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This religious text is a compilation of 66 books divided into the Old and New Testaments, forming the central narrative for Christianity. It encompasses a variety of genres, including historical accounts, poetry, prophecy, and teaching, telling the story of God's relationship with humanity, from creation to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the early Christian church. It is considered by believers to be divinely inspired and serves as a guide for faith and practice.

16. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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This classic novel follows the journey of a seaman who travels up the Congo River into the African interior to meet a mysterious ivory trader. Throughout his journey, he encounters the harsh realities of imperialism, the brutal treatment of native Africans, and the depths of human cruelty and madness. The protagonist's journey into the 'heart of darkness' serves as both a physical exploration of the African continent and a metaphorical exploration into the depths of human nature.

17. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

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In this epic poem, the protagonist embarks on an extraordinary journey through Hell (Inferno), Purgatory (Purgatorio), and Paradise (Paradiso). Guided by the ancient Roman poet Virgil and his beloved Beatrice, he encounters various historical and mythological figures in each realm, witnessing the eternal consequences of earthly sins and virtues. The journey serves as an allegory for the soul's progression towards God, offering profound insights into the nature of good and evil, free will, and divine justice.

18. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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This classic novel explores the complex, passionate, and troubled relationship between four brothers and their father in 19th century Russia. The narrative delves into the themes of faith, doubt, morality, and redemption, as each brother grapples with personal dilemmas and family conflicts. The story culminates in a dramatic trial following a murder, which serves as a microcosm of the moral and philosophical struggles faced by each character, and by extension, humanity itself.

19. The Odyssey by Homer

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This epic poem follows the Greek hero Odysseus on his journey home after the fall of Troy. It takes Odysseus ten years to reach Ithaca after the ten-year Trojan War. Along the way, he encounters many obstacles including mythical creatures, divine beings, and natural disasters. Meanwhile, back in Ithaca, his wife Penelope and son Telemachus fend off suitors vying for Penelope's hand in marriage, believing Odysseus to be dead. The story concludes with Odysseus's return, his slaughter of the suitors, and his reunion with his family.

20. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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The novel follows the journey of a young boy named Huckleberry Finn and a runaway slave named Jim as they travel down the Mississippi River on a raft. Set in the American South before the Civil War, the story explores themes of friendship, freedom, and the hypocrisy of society. Through various adventures and encounters with a host of colorful characters, Huck grapples with his personal values, often clashing with the societal norms of the time.

21. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

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Set in 19th-century Russia, this novel revolves around the life of Anna Karenina, a high-society woman who, dissatisfied with her loveless marriage, embarks on a passionate affair with a charming officer named Count Vronsky. This scandalous affair leads to her social downfall, while parallel to this, the novel also explores the rural life and struggles of Levin, a landowner who seeks the meaning of life and true happiness. The book explores themes such as love, marriage, fidelity, societal norms, and the human quest for happiness.

22. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Set in the racially charged South during the Depression, the novel follows a young girl and her older brother as they navigate their small town's societal norms and prejudices. Their father, a lawyer, is appointed to defend a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman, forcing the children to confront the harsh realities of racism and injustice. The story explores themes of morality, innocence, and the loss of innocence through the eyes of the young protagonists.

23. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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A young orphan boy, living with his cruel older sister and her kind blacksmith husband, has an encounter with an escaped convict that changes his life. Later, he becomes the protégé of a wealthy but reclusive woman and falls in love with her adopted daughter. He then learns that an anonymous benefactor has left him a fortune, leading him to believe that his benefactor is the reclusive woman and that she intends for him to marry her adopted daughter. He moves to London to become a gentleman, but his great expectations are ultimately shattered when he learns the true identity of his benefactor and the reality of his love interest.

24. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

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Madame Bovary is a tragic novel about a young woman, Emma Bovary, who is married to a dull, but kind-hearted doctor. Dissatisfied with her life, she embarks on a series of extramarital affairs and indulges in a luxurious lifestyle in an attempt to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life. Her desire for passion and excitement leads her down a path of financial ruin and despair, ultimately resulting in a tragic end.

25. The Iliad by Homer

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This epic poem focuses on the final weeks of the Trojan War, a conflict between the city of Troy and the Greek city-states. The story explores themes of war, honor, wrath, and divine intervention, with a particular focus on the Greek hero Achilles, whose anger and refusal to fight have devastating consequences. The narrative also delves into the lives of the gods, their relationships with humans, and their influence on the course of events.

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Here’s a dozen books from 2023 you should read, critics say

As the year comes to a close, we’re sitting down with book critics to discuss some of the best books released in 2023. NPR’s Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan and New York Times books editor Gilbert Cruz share their favorite fiction and nonfiction picks with Jeffrey Brown.

”Absolution” by Alice McDermott

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– Maureen Corrigan

“The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store” by James McBride

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“The Bee Sting” by Paul Murray

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– Gilbert Cruz

“North Woods” by Daniel Mason

North Woods - Daniel Mason

“The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder” by David Grann

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“How to Say Babylon” by Safiya Sinclair

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“Master Slave Husband Wife” by Ilyon Woo

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“Fire Weather: A True Story from a Hotter World” by John Vaillant

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“Beware the Woman” by Megan Abbott

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Maureen Corrigan recommended “Tom Lake” by Ann Patchett and Gilbert Cruz suggested “Fourth Wing” and “Iron Flame” by Rebecca Yarros.

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The Books Of The Famous: Here Are 10 For Your Reading List

Posted: February 14, 2024 | Last updated: February 14, 2024

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Do you ever wonder what your favorite celebrities curl up in their free time? There is a list of famous names who are the most significant book nerds. You must look for the excellent book your favorite celebrity loves the most. Dive into the top 10 most recommended books from famous readers. From the big screen legends to the social media stars, find out which books they love to read. Let’s explore the bookshelf of the famous people. 

<p>Communities, political parties, and nations often emphasize the importance of peace in their discourse. They stress the significance of maintaining stability for the survival of the planet. Paradoxically, their actions are sometimes at odds with their rhetoric. They initiate or engage in wars through covert means, sometimes justifying them as acts of defense or security.</p>

1. Barack Obama

The first and foremost personality in US history, Barack Obama, is a former president and a voracious reader. Dr.Suess and Spiderman by Ralph Ellison always had a special place in his book corner and also the most recommended one. Before becoming the President, he was a writer and penned down famous stuff like A Promised Land, The Audacity of Hope, and Dreams from My Father.

<p><span>World’s Richest Tech giant, Microsoft maestro and philanthropist Bill Gates have a separate corner in people’s hearts. He and his wife, Melinda, founded the Gates Foundation to cope with world health and education issues. They have helped developing countries by providing aid, scholarships, Sanitation projects, Polio vaccines, and aiding flood victims in India, Pakistan, and many others. </span></p>

2. Bill Gates

Who knows? Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and a philanthropist, has a deep passion for literature, especially socioeconomics. He also authorizes the famous book “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster.” Moreover, he recommended some outstanding readings, such as Strange in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein, based on science fiction. Other books he prefers are Team of Rivals, The Inner Game of Tennis, and Surrender by Bono.

<p><span>Lebron James is a renowned Los Angeles laker basketball player and a keen reader. He has won 3 NBA championships and 4 MVP awards and competed in myriad Olympic basketball tournaments. Few sports stars are interested in reading, and James is one of them. He says that Reading is a great thing, which helps to unwind the games. He enjoys reading fiction and recommends “The Hunger Games” by Suzzane Collins. </span></p>

3. Lebron James

Lebron James is a renowned Los Angeles Laker basketball player and a keen reader. He has won 3 NBA championships and 4 MVP awards and competed in myriad Olympic basketball tournaments. Few sports stars are interested in reading, and James is one of them. He says that Reading is a great thing, which helps to unwind the games. He enjoys reading fiction and recommends “The Hunger Games” by Suzzane Collins. 

<p><span>An individual directs their disapproval toward Oprah, noting her involvement in promoting pseudoscientific health products on her show for many years. They highlight that Oprah received payment from various individuals peddling questionable and scientifically unsupported remedies.</span></p>

4. Oprah Winfrey

You will find Oprah talking about book quotes and life lessons that are thought-provoking and meaningful. The famous talk show personality, billionaire, and media mogul who loves to read and recommend many books to her audience. However, she is a publisher of her books titled “What I Know For Sure,” “What Happened to You,” and “Wisdom on Sundays.” The recommended books are East of Eden, the Bluest Eye, and A Fine Balance. 

<p><span>A lone individual points out that Steve Harvey, often perceived as universally adored, may have an alternative facet to his personality. They allude to his interviews with women and atheists, illuminating controversial perspectives. Additionally, they mention instances of infidelity and physical abuse in his personal life. Furthermore, the creative individual highlights his alarming statements, suggesting that religion is the sole constraint preventing him from engaging in harmful actions.</span></p>

5. Steve Harvey

Regarding the celebrity books club, who can forget the name of Steve Harvey? American comedian, author, host, and radio personality who became famous for his great humor. Later, he became famous for his thoughts, providing self-help advice, especially about relationships. He is a publisher of a renowned book, “Act Like a Lady and Thinks Like a Man.” His recommended books for personal growth are “The Power of Now,” “Think and Grow Rich” and “The Alchemist.” 

<p><span>The world’s second richest person in America with a net worth of $170 billion, Jeff Bezos is also a founder of Amazon and a bibliophile. Besides his side business, he enjoys books for his business and mental satisfaction. Like many other famous readers, Jeff is the author of a book titled “Invent and Wander: The Collected Writing of Jeff Bezos” and also recommends it to those interested in enlarging their business. </span></p>

6. Jeff Bezos

The world’s second richest person in America with a net worth of $170 billion, Jeff Bezos is also a founder of Amazon and a bibliophile. Besides his side business, he enjoys books for his business and mental satisfaction. Like many other famous readers, Jeff is the author of a book titled “Invent and Wander: The Collected Writing of Jeff Bezos” and also recommends it to those interested in enlarging their business. 

<p><span>There are some jobs which scene as always jobs because they can be subjective. They depend on factors like economic factors, experience, skills, and demand for that job, etc. They offer high packages, which is more than the other salary package in society. Compensation for all those professions is because of the contract between employees and employers.</span></p>

7. Elon Musk

Another great name you must know, Elon Musk, is the founder of Tesla Electric cars and now the owner of Twitter, also known as “X.” He reveals that he read hundreds of books for knowledge to apply in his business. His passion for reading and learning never stops despite his busy routine and overloaded work schedule. In a recent interview with the New Yorker, he said that he reads science and fiction-based books, and the books he recommends are “The Lord of the Rings and the Foundation series. 

<p>Discovering the joys of reading earlier is something a wise individual wishes they had known earlier. They've found that books are a source of relaxation, new knowledge, and personal growth. Reading has broadened their perspectives and deepened their understanding of the world, making them more empathetic and well-rounded. Moreover, they've noticed that reading before bed promotes better sleep and a refreshed start to the day.</p>

8. Jane Austen

The famous English novelist in the 18th century is no less than a celebrity for the 21st-century generation. She was recognized for her outstanding work, including Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Lady Susan, and others. Many of Her works praised by famous writers include Sense and Sensibility and Pride & Prejudice. Also, she recommends her favorite novel, Pride and Prejudice, to learn about 18th-century people’s culture and traditions. 

<p><span>Harry Potter is one of the biggest successes of Hollywood. It has worldwide lovers who praise every actor in the movie series. Emma Watson is famous for her role as Hermoine Granger in Harry Potter. She is the most beloved actor worldwide. But Emma still has many haters. The reason for her hate groups is her success from such a young age that many others envy her.</span></p>

9. Emma Watson

The famous Harry Potter girl, outspoken feminist, and renowned actress Emma has a special love for books. Besides her acting career, she gave her extra time to read resourceful books targeting equality rights. Her long reading list mainly covers women’s fight for equality. One of her favorite books is My Life on the Road, which was the best-selling book author by Gloria Steinem. Also, she recommends this book, especially to women in developing countries. 

<p>Despite divorcing in 2007, Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe have placed a high priority on the welfare of their kids. Their two children, Ava Elizabeth, and Deacon Reese, were born into the couple. Witherspoon and Phillippe have a reputation for being agreeable co-parents and have been spotted together at their kids’ sporting events and extracurricular activities.</p>

10. Reese Witherspoon

The last famous reader, Resse, is a well-known Hollywood gem and an avid reader who started her own book club in 2017. She is a fast reader and completes one book in two days. Starting a book club was to keep yourself engaged with books, especially in Lockdown. Her top recommendation book is “Dad is Fat” by Jim Gaffigan. The book is hilarious and points out the horrors of parenthood.

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Gen Z or Gen Alpha can’t even imagine doing those things, as it is way unacceptable in this era. Here are a few things Baby Boomers got away with but is a common thing today:

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15 Best Books For Stock Market: Must Read List 

Looking to enhance your knowledge and expertise in stock market trading? Look no further! In this article, we have compiled a list of the 10 best books recommended by traders to help you navigate the complexities of the stock market. Whether you’re a beginner looking to build a strong foundation or an experienced trader wanting to improve your strategies, these books cover a wide range of topics such as technical analysis, fundamental analysis, trading psychology, and successful trading strategies.

So, grab a cup of coffee, find a cozy spot, and get ready to delve into these essential reads for any aspiring trader. Let’s take a closer look at these highly recommended investing books that can help you take your stock market trading to the next level.

Best Books on Stock Market – A Quick Glance

  • A Random Walk Down Wall Street: Best for understanding market efficiency.
  • The Psychology of Money: Best for financial behavior insights.
  • The Intelligent Investor: Essential for value investing principles.
  • One Up on Wall Street: Best for individual investors.
  • The Warren Buffett Way: Insight into Buffett’s investment strategies.
  • How to Avoid Loss and Earn Consistently in the Stock Market: Best for Indian market investors.
  • The Little Book That Beats the Market: Simplified investing strategy overview.
  • Beating the Street: Best for stock-picking strategies.
  • Learn to Earn: Best for beginner investors.
  • Poor Charlie’s Almanack: Wisdom from Buffett’s right-hand man.
  • Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits: Best for growth investing.
  • Market Wizards: Insights from top traders.
  • Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets: Best for technical analysis learners.
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow: Understanding decision-making in investing.
  • Reminiscences of a Stock Operator: Classic trader’s biography.

Top 15 Books on Investment, Trading and Stock Market – In Details

Following our introduction to the top 15 books in the realm of investment and trading, we’re set to examine each one more closely. Our goal is to highlight the key takeaways and practical advice these books offer, assisting you in navigating the complexities of the stock market with greater confidence and understanding.

1. “Learn to Earn” by Peter Lynch and John Rothchild

“Learn to Earn” by Peter Lynch and John Rothchild is a comprehensive guide to the basics of stock market trading, the history of capitalism, and the importance of financial literacy. Peter Lynch, a renowned investor and former manager of the Magellan Fund, and John Rothchild, an experienced financial journalist, combine their expertise to provide a valuable resource for those looking to learn about investing and the financial markets.

The book delves into the fundamentals of stock market investing, explaining key concepts in a clear and accessible manner. It also explores the history of capitalism and the role of financial markets in driving economic growth. One of the main themes of the book is the importance of financial literacy and the need for individuals to educate themselves about money and investing.

With the credibility of its authors and the valuable insights it offers, “Learn to Earn” is highly regarded by readers and has received positive ratings. The book is widely available in bookstores and online, making it easily accessible to anyone interested in learning about the stock market and investing.

2. “The Psychology of Money” by Morgan Housel

The Psychology of Money is a compelling book by Morgan Housel that delves into the complex relationship between psychology and personal finance. Housel explores key topics such as the influence of human behavior on financial decision-making, the importance of long-term thinking, and the psychology behind risk and reward in investing.

Housel’s writing style is engaging and accessible, making the often daunting subject of finance easy to understand and thought-provoking. As a former columnist and Wall Street Journal and Motley Fool, Housel brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his insightful exploration of the human side of money management.

The book is available in both paperback and e-book formats, with prices ranging from $15 to $20. On popular book sites, The Psychology of Money has received high ratings, with an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars. It has been praised for its practical advice and unique perspective on the intersection of psychology and finance, making it a valuable resource for anyone interested in understanding and improving their relationship with money.

3. “The Intelligent Investor” by Benjamin Graham

“The Intelligent Investor” by Benjamin Graham is considered a foundational book in the world of value investing. First published in 1949, it has since become a timeless classic for investors looking to understand the principles of sound financial management.

Benjamin Graham, known as the “father of value investing,” shares his wisdom on how to analyze and evaluate stocks, and provides a framework for making smart investment decisions. The book is widely praised for its practical advice and timeless principles.

“The Intelligent Investor” is available at a price point between $15 to $25, making it accessible to a wide range of readers. It has received consistently high ratings from readers and investment professionals alike, with many praising its clear and insightful guidance.

Perhaps the greatest endorsement of the book comes from legendary investor Warren Buffet, who has repeatedly recommended it to investors. Buffet has credited “The Intelligent Investor” as one of the most influential books on his investment philosophy.

Overall, “The Intelligent Investor” by Benjamin Graham is a highly regarded book that provides valuable insights into the world of value investing, making it essential reading for anyone looking to build a successful investment portfolio.

4. “One Up on Wall Street” by Peter Lynch

“One Up on Wall Street” by Peter Lynch is an investment classic that offers valuable insights into the world of stock market investing. Lynch, a renowned investor and former manager of the Magellan Fund at Fidelity Investments, shares his expertise and strategies for successful investing in this book.

Key themes in the book include Lynch’s approach to finding and researching investment opportunities, the importance of understanding the companies in which one invests, and the potential for individual investors to outperform Wall Street professionals. The book is divided into sections that cover topics such as how to identify good investment opportunities, how to approach different types of stocks, and how to manage a stock portfolio effectively.

Reader reception of “One Up on Wall Street” has been overwhelmingly positive, with many praising Lynch’s straightforward and practical advice. The book has been lauded for its easy-to-understand explanations of complex investing concepts and its actionable tips for individual investors.

“One Up on Wall Street” is widely available in both physical and digital formats, with a retail price of around $20. It has received high ratings from readers and critics alike, making it a must-read for anyone interested in stock market investing.

5. “The Warren Buffett Way” by Robert G. Hagstrom

Robert G. Hagstrom is a well-known author and investment strategist who has written extensively on the topic of value investing. In “The Warren Buffett Way,” Hagstrom provides an in-depth analysis of Warren Buffett’s investment principles and strategies. The book delves into Buffett’s background, his approach to investing, and the key factors that have contributed to his success in the financial market.

Hagstrom outlines the fundamental principles of value investing and breaks down Buffett’s strategies into actionable steps that can be applied by individual investors. He also provides valuable insights into Buffett’s mindset and decision-making process, offering readers a unique perspective on the legendary investor’s approach to wealth accumulation.

“The Warren Buffett Way” is widely available for purchase online and in many bookstores. It continues to be a popular choice for those seeking to understand and implement Buffett’s investment strategies in their own portfolios. Whether you’re a seasoned investor or just starting out, this book offers timeless wisdom that can help guide your investment decisions for years to come.

6. “How to Avoid Loss and Earn Consistently in the Stock Market” by Prasenjit Paul

How to Avoid Loss and Earn Consistently in the Stock Market by Prasenjit Paul offers a comprehensive guide to mastering the stock market, focusing on fundamentals, investment strategies, and risk management. Praised for its clarity, actionable advice, and real-world examples, this book draws from Paul’s extensive experience, making it a trusted resource for investors at all levels.

This book stands out for Indian market investors due to its tailored content that addresses the nuances of investing in India’s unique stock market environment. It covers specific strategies best suited for the Indian market, making it particularly relevant for local investors. Additionally, its availability in Hindi broadens its accessibility, ensuring that a wider audience can benefit from Paul’s insights and strategies, making it a must-read for those looking to navigate the complexities of the Indian stock market successfully.

7. “The Little Book That Beats the Market” by Joel Greenblatt

“The Little Book That Beats the Market” is written by Joel Greenblatt, a renowned investor and professor at Columbia Business School. In this book, Greenblatt discusses his “magic formula investing” strategy, which is based on the principles of value investing.

The key principles in the book revolve around identifying companies with strong earnings yields and high returns on capital. Greenblatt emphasizes the importance of a systematic and disciplined approach to stock market investing, focusing on buying undervalued companies with strong earnings potential.

Readers have praised the book for its practical and straightforward advice on navigating the stock market. Many have found Greenblatt’s “magic formula” to be a valuable tool for identifying potentially profitable investment opportunities. The book has received high ratings and positive reviews for its ability to simplify complex investing concepts and provide actionable strategies for both novice and experienced investors.

Overall, “The Little Book That Beats the Market” offers valuable insights into value investing and has been well-received by readers seeking to improve their investment strategies.

8. “Beating the Street” by Peter Lynch

“Beating the Street” by Peter Lynch is a highly significant sequel to his first book “One Up on Wall Street.” In this book, Lynch delves deeper into his management of the Magellan Fund, providing valuable insights into his investment philosophy and decision-making process. For stock market beginners, this book is particularly relevant as it offers practical advice and real-life examples to understand the complexities of the stock market.

Lynch’s approach to investing is made accessible through the inclusion of case studies of various companies and their stock performance. Readers can learn from Lynch’s successes and failures, gaining a better understanding of how to evaluate and select stocks for their own portfolios. Additionally, the book provides a valuable perspective on the importance of thorough research and staying informed about company fundamentals.

Overall, “Beating the Street” is a comprehensive guide that offers valuable lessons for investors at all levels. Lynch’s straightforward approach and proven track record make this book an essential read for those looking to gain a deeper understanding of the stock market and successful investment strategies.

9. “A Random Walk Down Wall Street” by Burton Malkiel

“A Random Walk Down Wall Street” by Burton Malkiel is a classic book that has consistently promoted index ETFs and passive investing as a practical and effective way to invest in the stock market. As a respected economist and author, Malkiel emphasizes the importance of a long-term, patient approach to investing in order to achieve financial success.

The key concepts covered in the book include the benefits of indexing, diversification, and the value of patience in achieving successful investment outcomes. Malkiel’s authoritative voice in the field of finance lends credibility to his insights and recommendations.

The latest edition of the book includes updates on the focus of exchange-traded funds and investment opportunities in emerging markets, reflecting the changing landscape of the investment world. Additionally, the book assesses the latest investing trend, “smart beta,” providing readers with valuable insights and strategies to navigate the current investment environment.

Overall, “A Random Walk Down Wall Street” offers timeless advice for investors looking to build a solid, low-cost, and diversified investment portfolio using index ETFs and passive investing strategies.

10. “Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Essential Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger”

“Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Essential Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger” is a compilation of the key insights and wisdom shared by Charlie Munger, the Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway. The book provides valuable lessons on investment, business, psychology, and life in general, which reflects Munger’s role as a key advisor and partner to Warren Buffett at Berkshire Hathaway.

Munger gave a series of 11 talks between 1986 and 2007, during which he shared his essential wisdom on various subjects. These talks covered a wide range of topics, including the principles of investing, the importance of developing a multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving, and the value of cultivating mental models to make better decisions. Munger’s insights from these talks have significantly influenced the investment strategy and decision-making process at Berkshire Hathaway.

Overall, “Poor Charlie’s Almanack” provides readers with a deeper understanding of Munger’s approach to business and life, and how his wisdom has shaped his role at Berkshire Hathaway. It serves as a valuable resource for investors, business leaders, and anyone seeking to gain practical wisdom from one of the most successful and respected figures in the business world.

11. “Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits” by Philip A. Fisher

“Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits” by Philip A. Fisher is a classic investment book that has stood the test of time. Fisher is known for popularizing the concept of “scuttlebutt,” which involves gathering information from various sources to gain insight into potential investment opportunities. In the book, Fisher outlines 15 points that investors should look for in common stocks, emphasizing the importance of thorough research and a long-term investment horizon. He also identifies five common mistakes that investors should avoid, such as relying too heavily on historical data or following the crowd.

Fisher’s influence on legendary investor Warren Buffett is well-documented, with Buffett himself crediting Fisher’s ideas as instrumental to his own investment philosophy. “Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits” continues to provide timeless wisdom to investors, offering valuable insights that are just as relevant today as they were when the book was first published. Its emphasis on qualitative factors, in addition to quantitative analysis, makes it a valuable resource for investors looking to develop a deeper understanding of the stock market. Overall, Fisher’s book remains a must-read for anyone looking to become a successful investor.

12. “Market Wizards” by Jack D. Schwager

“Market Wizards” by Jack D. Schwager is a collection of interviews with some of the most successful traders in the financial markets. The author, Jack D. Schwager, is a well-respected author, fund manager, and industry expert with extensive experience in financial markets.

Key points and takeaways from the book include the importance of having a trading plan, managing risk effectively, and the psychological aspects of trading. The book also highlights the different trading strategies and styles used by the top traders, as well as the importance of discipline and patience.

This book provides valuable insights for trading and investing in the stock market by offering real-life examples of successful traders and the strategies they have used to achieve their success. Readers can learn from the experiences of these traders and gain a deeper understanding of the mindset and approach needed to navigate the complexities of the stock market.

Overall, “Market Wizards” is a valuable resource for anyone looking to improve their trading and investing skills, as it provides practical advice and insights from some of the most accomplished traders in the industry.

13. “Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets” by John J. Murphy

“Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets” by John J. Murphy is a comprehensive guide to understanding and applying technical analysis in the financial markets. Murphy delves into the key concepts of technical analysis, such as chart patterns, indicators, and trend analysis, providing readers with valuable insights into how to interpret and utilize these tools effectively.

One important aspect of “Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets” is its discussion of intermarket analysis, which explores the relationships between different asset classes and how they can impact one another. This concept is further developed in “Intermarket Analysis: Profiting from Global Market Relationships” by John Murphy, enhancing the reader’s understanding of how various markets are interconnected and influence each other.

In addition, Murphy’s book builds on the concepts of spotting investment trends and turning points, as discussed in “Technical Analysis Explained, Fifth Edition” by Martin Pring. “Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets” provides readers with practical strategies and techniques for identifying and capitalizing on investment trends and turning points in the market, expanding on the foundation laid out by Pring.

Overall, “Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets” offers valuable insights into technical analysis, intermarket analysis, and spotting investment trends and turning points in the financial markets, making it an essential read for anyone interested in mastering these concepts.

14. “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman

“Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman is a monumental work that has significantly shaped the field of psychology and decision-making. Kahneman, a Nobel Prize-winning psychologist, delves into the two systems of thinking that drive human behavior and judgment. The book explores the intuitive, automatic system (fast thinking) and the deliberate, controlled system (slow thinking) and their impact on our decision-making processes.

Kahneman’s research revolutionized our understanding of cognitive biases, heuristics, and the irrationality of human judgment. His work has practical implications in various areas, such as economics, business, and everyday decision-making. By understanding how these two systems of thinking operate, individuals and organizations can make better choices, avoid common cognitive errors, and improve their overall decision-making processes.

The significance of “Thinking, Fast and Slow” lies in its ability to challenge traditional assumptions about rationality and decision-making. Kahneman’s groundbreaking insights have influenced a wide range of disciplines, making it a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the complexities of human behavior and the psychology of decision-making.

15. “Reminiscences of a Stock Operator” by Edwin Lefevre

“Reminiscences of a Stock Operator” by Edwin Lefèvre is a gripping tale of the rise of a young boy, who through sheer speculation, grows to amass one of the largest fortunes of his time. The book provides timeless advice for investors, making it a must-read for anyone interested in the stock market.

This classic book remains incredibly relevant in today’s trading world, as it delves into the psychology of trading, risk management, and the importance of sticking to a strategy. Lefèvre’s account of the protagonist’s journey through the ups and downs of the stock market serves as a valuable lesson for both novice and experienced investors, offering insights into the mindset and decision-making process of successful traders.

As one of the top stock trading books of all time, “Reminiscences of a Stock Operator” continues to be a favorite among traders and investors, maintaining its status as a timeless guide for those looking to navigate the complexities of the stock market. With its vivid storytelling and practical wisdom, this book remains a go-to resource for anyone seeking to understand the art of speculation and investing.

Where Can I Get Stock Market Books?

Stock market books can be purchased from a variety of platforms and sources, including online bookstores like Amazon, Flipkart, and Snapdeal. Simply visit the website of these online bookstores and search for “stock market books” to find a wide range of options available for purchase. Additionally, stock market books are also available in ebook and audiobook formats, which can be found on platforms such as Google Play Books and Audible. To find stock market books in ebook format, visit Google Play Books and search for the specific title or author. For audiobook versions, head to Audible and search for “stock market books” to explore the available options in audio format. With these options, readers can easily choose their preferred format and platform to purchase stock market books online.

What Is The Best Stock Market Books For Beginners?

If you’re a beginner looking to learn about the stock market, there are several highly recommended books to help you get started.

“The Little Book of Common Sense Investing” by Jack Bogle is a great resource for beginners with a rating of 4.6 out of 5. This book provides simple and effective advice on long-term investment strategies.

“How to Make Money in Stocks” by William J. O’Neil is another excellent choice, with a rating of 4.4 out of 5. This book offers valuable insights into stock market trends and successful trading strategies.

Lastly, “A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing” is highly regarded with a rating of 4.5 out of 5. Written by Burton G. Malkiel, this book provides a comprehensive overview of various investment strategies and the behavior of financial markets.

These stock market books for beginners come highly recommended by experts and are a great starting point for anyone looking to learn about investing in the stock market.

Disclaimer: Please note that the contents of this article are not financial or investing advice. The information provided in this article is the author’s opinion only and should not be considered as offering trading or investing recommendations. We do not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. The cryptocurrency market suffers from high volatility and occasional arbitrary movements. Any investor, trader, or regular crypto users should research multiple viewpoints and be familiar with all local regulations before committing to an investment.

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New books by Seth Dickinson, Heather Fawcett and Ray Nayler.

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By Amal El-Mohtar

Amal El-Mohtar is the Book Review’s science fiction and fantasy columnist, a Hugo Award-winning writer and the co-author, with Max Gladstone, of “This Is How You Lose the Time War.”

EXORDIA (Tordotcom, 532 pp., $29.99) is Seth Dickinson’s fourth novel and first work of science fiction, following three installments of the excellent Baru Cormorant fantasy series, and it revisits many of those novels’ themes and structures: empire, war and sacrifice.

Set in 2013, “Exordia” is a first-contact story: Anna, a Kurdish survivor of genocide who is fostered in the United States, meets a many-headed snake alien named Ssrin in Central Park. Anna and Ssrin become friends and roommates; Ssrin explains that she comes from a galaxy-conquering empire called the Exordia, and needs Anna’s help to rebel against it.

Anna, Dickinson writes, “is all in, the way only a woman chased out of her home by sarin gas can be all in. Her adult life began at age 7, with an act of alien intrusion, with the roar of Saddam’s helicopters. This is nothing new to her. She’s ready to risk it all, because no part of her life since that first alien invasion has felt real.”

There is a version of this book that might be more palatable to a broad readership: a version in which a traumatized war orphan’s friendship with a warmongering alien heals and redeems them both. This is very decisively not that book. It deliberately withholds what its first three chapters (and dust jacket) seem to promise: a “narratively complete” story centering Anna and Ssrin. Instead, “Exordia” compounds, enlarges and repeats their wounds — the ones inflicted on them, and the ones they inflict on the world and each other — as Dickinson uses a host of other characters to scrutinize ethics, fractal mathematics, theoretical physics and the military-industrial complexes of several nations. The result is agonizing and mesmerizing, a devastating and extraordinary achievement, as well as dizzyingly unsatisfying, given where it ends.

The publisher of “Exordia” claims it is a stand-alone novel. This is baffling. If you stop a play after its first act, it does not become a one-act play. “Exordia” is structured and paced like Book 1 of a series; Dickinson has stated in interviews that a sequel is “absolutely” intended. The word “Exordia” itself — the plural of “exordium” — suggests beginnings and introductions, a throat-clearing before the main work, and I sincerely hope Dickinson gets the opportunity to continue it.

Speaking of series, Heather Fawcett continues hers to wonderful effect with EMILY WILDE’S MAP OF THE OTHERLANDS (Del Rey, 339 pp., $28) . Having gained tenure after publishing her Encyclopaedia of Faeries, and enjoying a warm détente with her irritant-turned-fairy-suitor Wendell Bambleby, Prof. Emily Wilde is hard at work on her next project: finding a “nexus,” a fairy door that opens onto multiple locations at once.

To do this she intends to follow in the footsteps of a disgraced scholar named Danielle de Grey, who theorized the existence of a nexus half a century earlier before vanishing somewhere in the Austrian Alps. Meanwhile, Bambleby is dodging assassination attempts by his royal stepmother, Emily’s department chair is breathing down her neck about malpractice, and Emily’s niece, Ariadne, is determined to put herself in harm’s way.

This second installment in the series is as delightful as the first, if not quite as sharply crafted. One of the many successes of “Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries” was how well Fawcett used Emily’s journaling as a narrative device to heighten or release tension; here the journal approximates the previous book’s narration scheme but mostly reads like a first-person novel. Still, the new characters illuminate different portions of Emily’s grumpy and driven interiority, the plot is well paced and tight, and it’s a pleasure from beginning to end.

Ray Nayler’s THE TUSKS OF EXTINCTION (Tordotcom, 101 pp., $26.99) is a compact novella that reads like a superb science fiction inversion of Ernest Hemingway’s “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber.” In the near future, Dr. Damira Khismatullina is an authority on elephants and their behavior, and an important leader in the war against poaching; her expertise makes her an attractive prospect for Russia’s “Mind Bank,” a digitized repository of the nation’s pre-eminent brains.

A year after her consciousness is copied and uploaded, Damira is murdered by poachers; 100 years after that, her consciousness is woken up and offered the opportunity to be embodied as a woolly mammoth, one of dozens that are genetically resurrected in a bid to redevelop a lost ecosystem. In order for the mammoths to survive outside of captivity, they need Damira to teach them how to thrive in the wild — and how to defend against the poachers hunting them for their tusks, and the obscenely wealthy men who hunt them in secret for sport.

While the jacket describes this as a thriller, my sense of it was of a calm, compassionate clarity, smooth and aching, animating its three core points of view. Damira and her memories — and her expanded way of processing memories in her new body — clear a path for the experiences and observations of other characters, working them into their own tragic and tentative ecosystem.

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