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Best of Truthdig’s Book Reviews 2016: Top Reads, From Economics to Politics and Even Genetics

In a year of many upheavals, it’s no surprise that books on income inequality, political protest and global warming would wind up on our top 10 literary list of the past year. But there’s also room for a little comedy and some ancient history among the picks.

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The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

Although the title is deceiving for those expecting the fast-paced heroics of James Bond, the reader will find that this account of a small group of ordinary people risking their lives to preserve their culture is an even more rewarding and essential story.

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‘Neruda’ Makes Poetry of a Cat-and-Mouse Tale

The film, nominated for a Golden Globe, follows Chile’s world-renowned Communist poet as he lives a colorful life on the run from an ambitious and mysterious cop.

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‘By Women Possessed: A Life of Eugene O’Neill’

His creative career as one of America’s greatest playwrights is unmatched. It is as difficult to put down this exhaustively reported re-examination of O’Neill’s dark family backstory as it is to ignore fresh productions of his great plays.

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‘Notes of a Native Song’: Writer James Baldwin’s Work Resonates in the Time of Trump

Musical artist Stew’s ode to the literary icon is particularly welcome now, when Baldwin’s words have taken on fresh significance.

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‘Where Memory Leads’

Holocaust scholar Saul Friedlander’s new memoir is riveting in its fierce intelligence and candor. Resilience shouts out to us from each page.

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In ‘Accidental Courtesy,’ a Black Musician Strikes Up Conversations to Confront White Supremacy

A new documentary follows pianist Daryl Davis as the simple act of engaging in conversation with an adversary takes on transformative potential. Though he claims more than two dozen converts, Davis’ methods have stirred up their share of controversy.

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Teen Vogue Comes Out Swinging Against Donald Trump

Over the weekend, Teen Vogue published an excoriating op-ed headlined “Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America.” The piece went viral, signaling that progressive opposition to the incoming administration may come from what seems to be the unlikeliest of places.

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Ooh, ‘La La Land’

Director Damien Chazelle captures the dreamy side of Los Angeles in a buoyant, candy-colored musical romance. (Not keen on musicals? Give this one a chance.)

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Automation, Climate Change and Donald Trump: What Kind of Future Are We In For?

Author Peter Frase combines science fiction and Marxist theory to imagine possible outcomes, for better and for worse.

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