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A Brief History of Eight Book Lists

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

Marlon James' A Brief History of Seven Killings is clearly one of the heavyweight books of 2014 and not merely because at 688 pages it weighs in at a almost 3lbs. As those in the literary and not so literary world put together their best of books list for the year that is wending to a close, James’ not so brief third novel has made it to the best of lists of some of the most influential literary publications - those living in cyberspace and outside of it.

Best of lists are diverse creatures, speaking to the tastes and interests of the editors and reviewers who make them up. Even so, a few books often manage to make it to multiple lists, but rarely does a single book make it to all of them. 

While A Brief History of Seven Killings indeed doesn’t make it to all of lists, it manages the impressive feat of being listed by Time, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, the Library Journal and Buzz Feed. Additionally, although it didn’t make it to the New York Times’ ‘best ten books’ of the year lest, it certainly made it to their ‘100 Notable Books of 2014’ list. 

A Brief History of Seven Killings was the only work of fiction or non-fiction on that made it to all these lists this year. So, although we won't say it's the best book of the year, you do the math.

Even so, as you try to get your Christmas booklist ready below are the five books that stood out across the lists of the Best Books of 2014 across the United States. Best Books of 2014