One Thing: Books

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 We asked eleven of our sharpest local observers what they thought were the most important stories and trends of the year. From politics and music to faith, literature and film, they weigh in on the one thing that shaped 2012

Author Hector Tobar reflects on the books that made an impact on him in 2012. One is a story of war, and the other is a look at growing up in a dysfunctional Mexican family. Hear his recommendations:

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