Fiction: Best Books

Christmas is house-cleaning time for booksellers. The publishers remit their flood of new titles while shelves are cleared, ledgers audited for the new year Readers may now reconsider the past year's output, check what they have read, what they have missed, what they might give. Following is a list of the outstanding-ing books of 1936:

ABSALOM, ABSALOM!—William Faulkner—Random House ($2.50).

A TIME TO REMEMBER—Leane Zugsmith—Random House ($2).

THE BELLS OF BASEL—Louis Aragon— Harcourt, Brace ($2.50).

A WORLD I NEVER MADE—James T. Farrell—Vanguard ($2.50).

THE BIG MONEY—John Dos Passos— Harcourt, Brace ($2.50).

BITTER VICTORY—Louis Guilloux—McBride ($2.50).

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