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Making tracks

Superb reporting and storytelling about a modern-day underground railroad make Melanie Kirkpatrick's Escape from North Korea WORLD’s Book of the Year

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Grand stories

A look at Nixon as VP, a tour of New York’s Grand Central Terminal, and a history of Thomas Becket’s battle with a king


War wounds

A closer look at three costly—but pivotal—battles spanning U.S. history

Carson: AP • Friedan: Mario Torrisi/AP

Aging badly

Two books celebrating 50th anniversaries in the past year offered cures worse than the disease


Commodity control

Two books highlight two different approaches to Africa’s resources

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Road signs

Three books geared for millennials wrestling with cultural questions

Associated Press/Photo by Tina Fineberg

Paranormal push

Deluge of supernatural young adult novels produce plots with mangled biblical truths

Runcie: Ian Rutherford/Scotsman/ZUMA • Connolly & Maffini: Handouts

Winsome whodunits

Three light-hearted cozy mysteries offer gentler fare for lazy summer days

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Sports report

Books tell of sins and swings in the sports world