Best books of 2010: nonfiction

2. "The Possessed," by Elif Batuman

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"The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them," by Elif Batuman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 293 pp., $15). How often do you laugh out loud while reading literary criticism? These quirky, comical essays explore the relationship between Russian literature and life. (CSMonitor.com, 2/22/10)

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