MC Reviews: Books

What should be at the top of the stack on your nightstand? Our list of favorite reads.

By Steph Opitz

October 25, 2012 9:00 AM
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NW by Zadie Smith

Literary sensation: Smith has been heralded as one of Britain's premier writers since her 2000 breakout novel, White Teeth. Plot notes: Residents from a public-housing building grew up and moved out but all still live in the same neighborhood, which has become the scene for disparate income tax brackets, ethnicities, and ethics. Bridget Jones doesn't live here: It's a tragic yet comedic exploration of Old London, which isn't the glittery New London we know from reading British chick lit.

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