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2012: The year in books

Among the plethora of new offerings in 2012, some truly sparkled. Our reviewers share their top picks.

J.D. KING

Best poetry books of 2012

This was a fiery good year for poetry — maybe it’s just all those poets trying to a get last word in before, you know . . . that thing that didn’t happen a couple of weeks ago.

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Best children’s books of 2012

Here, at the 11th hour of 2012 are a few we couldn’t bear to leave behind.

J.D. KING

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The very best works of fiction were all in their own way, uncalled for, slightly unexpected, a deviation from the norm rather than providing us what was expected.

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Everyone has been talking about what a great year it was for fiction, but nonfiction had its stars as well.

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It’s been a dark year, judging from my 10 picks from 2012’s crop of crime fiction.

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We are the grown-ups who review young-adult fiction for The Boston Globe.

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