Season's Readings

  Great Escapes
Book World asked 14 writers what book they would recommend to a friend craving a little escape from the world's cares.

A Common Heart
Bestselling novelist Sue Monk Kidd argues for empathy through fiction.

Poet's Choice
Robert Pinsky selects a few holiday poems to set the tone.

Michael Dirda
The Post critic takes time this season to remember the transforming power of sacred language.
  Book World Raves
An extraordinarily diverse band of reviewers brings you the best books of 2005.

Jonathan Yardley
A memoir of grief, the biography of a dictionary and two thrillers are among our critic's favorites.

Gift Books
Letters from famous artists, a paean to U2, the glory that was Greece and more highlight the Post staff's recommendations.

The Year's Best Kids Books
Eleven winners gain mentions, from outlandish fantasy to whimsical verse.

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