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David L. Ulin's best books of 2014
David L. Ulin's best books of 2014

Lists are, by their nature, impressionistic: How could they be otherwise? Here then, alphabetically by title, are the most stirring of the books I wrote about this year, my 10 favorites of 2014. "Can't and Won't: Stories" by Lydia Davis (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 290 pp., $26). Davis is a master of the miniature, a writer who finds meaning at the level of the word, the sentence, and this new collection is as sharp as anything she's done. "A fire does not need to be called warm or red," she writes. "Remove many more adjectives." "Citizen: An American Lyric" by Claudia Rankine (Graywolf: 170 pp., $20 paper). Blending poetry, narrative...

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