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Forget all the fearmongering about the state of publishing and literature: 2014 has been a brilliant year of debut novels, genre-bending experimentation, thought-provoking nonfiction and superb NYC-inspired fiction. As a testament to the fervor and devotion of readers, St. Mark’s Bookshop found and opened a new East Village home, and dreamy French bookstore Albertine began business on the Upper East Side. And we’ve spent the year reading, and re-reading, just to cull down the books of 2014 to one list of the best, essential reads. From poetry and fairy tales to essays and speculative stories, these are the recent publications that caught our attention and still linger with us.
RECOMMENDED: Best of 2014