The best of books, 2014 edition

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First Posted: 12/29/2014

Many great ones have come and gone this year. Let us take a moment of silence to remember those books whose words still play on our lips with stories that continue to captivate us, and most of all, forever remain in our hearts and libraries. Without further adieu, commercial breaks or chronological order, I give to you the best of books, 2014 edition:

1. “Tibetan Peach Pie” by Tom Robbins: Proving that life can be stranger than fiction; Robbins spins the tale of his vivacious existence in this brilliant autobiography. We learn that creativity and eccentricity are nothing short of a life force, and Robbins is one-upping us all.

2. “What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions” by Randall Munroe: If you have a penchant for ex-NASA roboticists who in turn, have an aptitude for love, math, and dry humor, then you have found your book. Munroe, author of webcomic xkcd, compiles his work in this hilarious debut, a mash-up of new and old comic ponderings.

3. “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory” by Caitlin Doughty: I like my women like I like my chocolate — dark and sweet. Naturally Doughty fits the bill for her morbidly dark fascination with death, and her ability to teach, entertain, and still manage to make us fill will glee at the wonderment of guts and gross.

4. “One More Thing” by B.J. Novak: To those of us who favor funny, dry-wit, “The Office,” and adorable, brilliant men, look no further. Including a bit of sentiment along the way, Novak offers up a compilation of short stories as if we are sitting down with a best friend, laughing for hours upon hours until it hurts.

5. “A Different Bed Every Time” by Jac Jemc: A sexy little number, and perhaps the most serious of this year’s ‘best of’ edition. Jemc’s words wrap around the tongue like legs to a lover’s torso. Blunt, and without apology, each of the tales tells of our search for love, sex, and connection.

It is fitting to begin and end with Tom Robbins, who, in his 1980 novel, “Still Life with Woodpecker,” wrote: “There are only two mantras, yum and yuck, mine is yum.” Shall your 2015 be filled with lots of yum.