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Best Books of 2011

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Notable fiction books this year include The Paris Wife - Paula McLain's take on Hemingway's first marriage - and the baseball story The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, along with Julian Barnes's Booker Prize-winning The Sense of an Ending and popular favorites such as The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon and Pictures of the Past by local author Deby Eisenberg. See the full list of Best Fiction of 2011.

Stephen King topped the Best Thrillers of 2011 list with 11/22/63, a gripping tale of a time traveler out to stop the assassination of JFK. S.J. Watson's Before I Go to Sleep and Alice LaPlante's Turn of Mind both featured protagonists grappling with memory loss while under duress.

Newly translated Danish authors join the Scandinavian crime wave on the Best Mysteries of 2011 list - Jussi Adler-Olsen with The Keeper of Lost Causes and Lene Kaarberbol & Agnete Friis with The Boy in the Suitcase. Old hand Lawrence Block delivers an early tale from his popular Matthew Scudder series, A Drop of the Hard Stuff, while Felix Francis continues in his father Dick Francis's footsteps with Gamble.

A Dance with Dragons, the latest entry in George R.R. Martin's series that began with A Game of Thrones, is among the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2011. Fans of space opera will enjoy Leviathan Wakes by James Corey, while urban fantasy lovers have much to choose from including Hounded by Kevin Hearne, Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill, and Ghost Story from the ever-popular Jim Butcher.

Romance readers will find a wide variety of love stories on the Best Romances of 2011 list. Contemporary fare ranges from down-home tales such as Lori Wilde's The Welcome Home Garden Club to fast-paced romantic suspense like Cindy Gerard's With No Remorse. Along with numerous Regency romances, historical fans will find In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks and Texas Blue by Jodi Thomas.