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The 10 Best Books Of 2016 Faced Tough Topics Head On

Maureen Corrigan's Best Books of 2016
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I hesitate to say it, but the one word that characterizes my best books of 2016 list is "serious." These books aren't grim and they're certainly not dull, but collectively they're serious about tackling big, sometimes difficult subjects — and they're also distinguished by seriously good writing. Here are 10 that you shouldn't miss.

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