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10 best nonfiction titles of 2014

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library,” wrote Jorge Luis Borges. It’s a lovely thought, particularly as it suggests that those of us who give and receive books as gifts are actually exchanging slices of heaven. In that spirit, here are the 10 nonfiction titles that the Monitor’s book critics found the most celestial in 2014.

1. "Age of Ambition," by Evan Osnos

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This National Book Award winner profiles the constant tug of war between some of China’s most ambitious citizens – including famous dissidents, self-made millionaires, and other high-profile strivers – and the government that feels a need to control them. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 416 pp.)

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