10 best books of January: the Monitor's picks

Here are the 10 books that the Monitor's book critics liked best among the January 2014 releases.

2. "Little Failure," by Gary Shteyngart

Little Failure is Soviet-born novelist Gary Shteyngart's alternately hilarious and surprisingly sincere memoir, in which he chronicles his journey from his childhood as a sickly “Marcel Proust-looking boy obsessed with cosmonauts and Lenin" to his present status as a successful US author. You can read the Monitor's full review of "Little Failure" here.

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