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LEV GROSSMAN, THE MAGICIANS

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The Magicians by Lev Grossman [Viking, $26]

Do we really need a book about a wizard school packed with alienated teen sorcerers dabbling in sex and booze? Some might scoff at the idea of Harry Potter for grown-ups, but through sheer storytelling grace and imaginative power, Lev Grossman—Time magazine's book critic—transforms the cheesy premise into an adventure that's both enthralling and mature. Timothy Hodler

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