December 3, 2011 11:00 PM

2011 in Books | There’s room for plenty of excitement and ideas under the big top

Yes, you can look at life in the bookish margins in 2011 as a world of woe. Or you can see it for what it really is: a circus, a place of magic, a playground of invention, inspiration and collective introspection. The Star’s Top 100 is not gospel, of course, but it is a guide to what might be worth your time and the time of those with whom you wish to share good reads.

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