10 best books of January: the Monitor's picks

Nothing starts the new year better than a fresh crop of books. Here are the 10 books that the Monitor's book critics liked best among the January 2014 releases.

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1. "Radiance of Tomorrow," by Ishmael Beah

Ishmael Beah shocked and captivated Western readers with his 2007 bestselling memoir "A Long Way Gone," which detailed his experiences as a child soldier forced to fight in Sierra Leone's civil war. Now he's back with a haunting novel exploring the aftermath of that conflict. You can read the Monitor's full review of "Radiance of Tomorrow" here.

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