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There's unfortunately just not enough time in the day to read all the good books out there. Here at amNY, our lists are bursting with classics, new releases and guilty pleasures. Check out some of our faves:

'The Death of Vishnu,' by Manil Suri 

The story opens with Vishnu, a local drunkard, who lays dying on the landing of a stairwell in an apartment building in Bombay. The tenants of the bulding all find excuses as to why they can't comfort him, and the self-centered, petty nature of people becomes the moral focus. Upping the ante, the possibility arises that Vishnu may be an incarnation of a Hindu deity. It's a thought-provoking book that will make its readers ponder their own shortcomings.     (BILL ST. ANGELO)

'The Privileges,' by Jonathan Dee

What struck me most about this Pulitzer Prize-nominated novel was Dee's elegant, cliché-free writing. The story traces Adam and Cynthia Morey, a couple who marry right out of college and quickly have two kids. Adam excels at a Manhattan private equity firm, but itches for the Really Big Money and launches into a risky insider-trading venture. The Moreys become impossibly rich and influential, and Dee gently probes our notions of class, morality and, interestingly, the outsider art movement - which the Moreys' son becomes dangerously involved with.     (PERRIE SAMOTIN)

'Ladies and Gentlemen: Stories,' by Adam Ross

This book, out later this month, is a truly funny, original and acerbic collection of surprising short stories. Ross deftly dissects how our best efforts to establish intimacy or better ourselves in the economy can result in excruciating - if hilarious - humiliations. Amusing morality at its compulsive, can't-wait-to-pick-it-up-again best.     (SHEILA ANNE FEENEY)

'The Fiddler in the Subway,' by Gene Weingarten

I picked up this book from my friend's living room table and only expected to skim a few pages, but the collection of Weingarten's Washington Post columns was entertaining while showing off his reporting chops. It was a great quick read.     (MARC BEJA)

'The Uncoupling,' by Meg Wolitzer

Shortly after drama teacher Fran Heller joins the staff at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, the women in Stellar Plains, N.J., lose all interest in sex. The simmering conflict comes to a boil, fittingly enough, during the school's production of "Lysistrata" - an ancient Greek comedy in which the women of Greece protest war by withholding sex. Wolitzer's emotional portrait of this small town is a fun and fascinating read.     (EMILY HULME)

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