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A Weekend Edition Editor Shares Her Picks For Best Books Of 2014

Every list of “best books” of the year is as different as a special little snowflake.

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with NPR’s Weekend Edition editor Barrie Hardymon about her picks for the best books of 2014.

Hardymon says 2014 was a breakout year for science fiction books, including “ Book of Strange New Things” by Michel Faber and “ The Bone Clocks” by David Mitchell, must-reads for middle schoolers,

Hardymon shares her favorite book of the year — “ The Paying Guests” by Sarah Waters — and her guilty pleasure — “ The King’s Curse” by Philippa Gregory.

Barrie’s Picks

  • The Paying Guests,” by Sarah Waters
  • Department of Speculation,” by Jenny Offill
  • On Such a Full Sea,” by Chang-rae Lee
  • The Bone Clocks,” by David Mitchell
  • Book of Strange New Things,” by Michel Faber
  • Brown Girl Dreaming,” by Jacqueline Woodson
  • El Deafo,” by Cece Bell
  • The King’s Curse,” by Philippa Gregory
  • Guest

  • Barrie Hardymon, editor at NPR’s Weekend Edition. She tweets @bhardymon.
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