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WILLIAM T. VOLLMANN, IMPERIAL

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Imperial

Imperial by William T. Vollmann [Viking, $55]

William Vollmann is so prolific that you'd think a machine did his writing—if the results weren't so virtuosic and humane. This 1,300-plus-page behemoth is another decade-in-the-making project, addressing—in typically overwhelming detail—the history of Imperial County, California, and its long legacy of exploitation, poverty, racism, and heartbreak. Timothy Hodler

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