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Several years ago, Haruki Murakami's fantastical novel The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle crept up my list of favorite books. This Christmas, I'm gifting — and giving myself — his latest: 1Q84, a 900-page, genre-bending tome that follows female assassin Aomame (whose name means "green peas" in Japanese) through a Tokyo lit by two moons. —Megan Voeller, CL visual art critic

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