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From Training Hawks to World War III: A Short List of Great 2015 Books

Haunting, thought-provoking, and everything in between, here are some of last year's books that would make great additions to your winter reading list.

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'Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?' The Answer May Not Surprise You

Generation X's obsession with their own entertainment hits the printed page, and it's totally radical!... if only the authors' ambitions weren't still lost in cyberspace.

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Roy Crane's Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune

This book is more than a historically interesting sociological artifact; it's a delight.

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Save the World from Evil Math

On 'proofiness', 'randumbness' statistical boo-boos and other high-level mathematical theories.

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Always Look on the Grimm Side of Life

Murder, masochism, Satanism and nihilism: Parents, you might want to rethink substituting your kids' Twilight paperbacks for the classics.

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A Punk Collage in the Spirit of Walter Benjamin

Why did punk implode so rapidly? Why did its bands flare up and fade out? And how did this movement resist yet revamp the hippies they rushed to replace?

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Jeffery Deaver Electrically Charges Thrillers

An electrician goes postal in this latest case of brilliant villainy for Lincoln Rhyme, the insightful criminalist who directs his investigation from a wheelchair.

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Questioning Values, With a Twist

Author Martha McPhee was brave enough to admit just how grueling life as a "successful" writer is -- what unfolds is a guide for self-reckoning.

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A Surgeon Cool with a Handgun and a Scalpel

A surgeon doing charity work to make up for the sins of his violent past changes his priorities after learning that his new wife married him for an unfathomable reason.

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Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu

The Library of America Outdoes Itself with New Release of a Classic Updike Baseball Essay

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J.C. Hallman's The Hospital for Bad Poets

Twilit zones: suburban malcontents and post-modern autodidacts roam, ponder, fret, and mull.

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'Elegy for April': Benjamin Black's New Dublin Noir

John Banville's alter ego resurrects Quirke in another 1950s Dublin noir adventure.

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I'm in a New York State of Mind

New York City is all about having a dream -- even if you're aren't quite certain what it is.

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Always Know; Monk Always

Conspicuously absent from PM’s list of the best nonfiction for 2009 is Robin D. G. Kelly’s comprehensive biography of the high priest of bop, Thelonious Sphere Monk.

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The Beats: A Graphic History

This quick-take introduction to the beatnik generation is about three-fourths excellent short-take biography and one-quarter well-meaning addendums of varying quality.

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The Zendesk FM3 Buddha Machine Wall

A company called Zendesk stumbles into the sublime.

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