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The Best Fiction Books of 2016 (A Year-End List Aggregation)

December 30, 2016
Best Fiction and Literature of 2016

“What are the best Fiction books of 2016?” We aggregated 63 year-end lists and ranked the 626 unique titles by how many times they appeared in an attempt to answer that very question!

There are thousands of year-end lists released every year and like we do in our weekly Best Book articles, we wanted to see which books appear the most. The top book this year wasn’t even close, appearing on more than half the best fiction lists and on 14 more lists than the number two book. The top 35 books, all of which appeared on 6 or more best fiction lists, are ranked below with images, summaries, and links for more information or to purchase. The remaining 591 books, as well as the top book lists are at the bottom of the page.

Be sure to check out our other Best Book of the year lists:

And if you want to see how they compare to last year, take a look at the 2015 lists as well!

Happy Scrolling!

 



The Top Fiction Books of 2016



35 .) Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Brian Fanelli
  • Good Books Guide
  • Kirkus
  • NY Times
  • Paste
  • Ripr

Everybody’s Fool picks up roughly a decade since we were last with Miss Beryl and Sully on New Year’s Eve 1984. The irresistible Sully, who in the intervening years has come by some unexpected good fortune, is staring down a VA cardiologist’s estimate that he has only a year or two left, and it’s hard work trying to keep this news from the most important people in his life: Ruth, the married woman he carried on with for years . . . the ultra-hapless Rub Squeers, who worries that he and Sully aren’t still best friends . . . Sully’s son and grandson, for whom he was mostly an absentee figure (and now a regretful one). We also enjoy the company of Doug Raymer, the chief of police who’s obsessing primarily over the identity of the man his wife might’ve been about to run off with, before dying in a freak accident . . . Bath’s mayor, the former academic Gus Moynihan, whose wife problems are, if anything, even more pressing . . . and then there’s Carl Roebuck, whose lifelong run of failing upward might now come to ruin. And finally, there’s Charice Bond—a light at the end of the tunnel that is Chief Raymer’s office—as well as her brother, Jerome, who might well be the train barreling into the station.

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34 .) Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Buzzfeed Books
  • Herald Net
  • Publishers Weekly
  • San Francisco Chronicle 2
  • The Globe and Mail
  • The Huffington Post

Immediately upon its publication in Ireland, Claire-Louise Bennett’s debut began to attract attention well beyond the expectations of the tiny Irish press that published it. A deceptively slender volume, it captures with utterly mesmerizing virtuosity the interior reality of its unnamed protagonist, a young woman living a singular and mostly solitary existence on the outskirts of a small coastal village. Sidestepping the usual conventions of narrative, it focuses on the details of her daily experience—from the best way to eat porridge or bananas to an encounter with cows—rendered sometimes in story-length, story-like stretches of narrative, sometimes in fragments no longer than a page, but always suffused with the hypersaturated, almost synesthetic intensity of the physical world that we remember from childhood. The effect is of character refracted and ventriloquized by environment, catching as it bounces her longings, frustrations, and disappointments—the ending of an affair, or the ambivalent beginning with a new lover. As the narrator’s persona emerges in all its eccentricity, sometimes painfully and often hilariously, we cannot help but see mirrored there our own fraught desires and limitations, and our own fugitive desire, despite everything, to be known.

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33 .) The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien

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Lists It Appears On:

  • CBA
  • Chicago Tribune
  • NY Times
  • San Francisco Chronicle 2
  • The Globe and Mail
  • Washington Post

“One night, in the dead of winter, a mysterious stranger arrives in the small Irish town of Cloonoila. Broodingly handsome, worldly, and charismatic, Dr. Vladimir Dragan is a poet, a self-proclaimed holistic healer, and a welcome disruption to the monotony of village life. Before long, the beautiful black-haired Fidelma McBride falls under his spell and, defying the shackles of wedlock and convention, turns to him to cure her of her deepest pains.

Then, one morning, the illusion is abruptly shattered. While en route to pay tribute at Yeats’s grave, Dr. Vlad is arrested and revealed to be a notorious war criminal and mass murderer. The Cloonoila community is devastated by this revelation, and no one more than Fidelma, who is made to pay for her deviance and desire. In disgrace and utterly alone, she embarks on a journey that will bring both profound hardship and, ultimately, the prospect of redemption.”

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32 .) Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Hudson Booksellers
  • St. Lousi Post Dispatch
  • The What List
  • MPR News
  • Shelf Awareness
  • Book Chase

“A gifted young black man calling himself Victor has struck a bargain with federal law enforcement, working as a bounty hunter for the US Marshall Service. He’s got plenty of work. In this version of America, slavery continues in four states called ”the Hard Four.” On the trail of a runaway known as Jackdaw, Victor arrives in Indianapolis knowing that something isn’t right — with the case file, with his work, and with the country itself.

A mystery to himself, Victor suppresses his memories of his childhood on a plantation, and works to infiltrate the local cell of a abolitionist movement called the Underground Airlines. Tracking Jackdaw through the back rooms of churches, empty parking garages, hotels, and medical offices, Victor believes he’s hot on the trail. But his strange, increasingly uncanny pursuit is complicated by a boss who won’t reveal the extraordinary stakes of Jackdaw’s case, as well as by a heartbreaking young woman and her child who may be Victor’s salvation. Victor himself may be the biggest obstacle of all — though his true self remains buried, it threatens to surface. “

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31 .) Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer

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Lists It Appears On:

  • NY Times
  • The Guardian
  • Time
  • Washington Post
  • San Francisco Chronicle 2
  • The Denver Post
  • Amazon

“In the book of Genesis, when God calls out, “Abraham!” before ordering him to sacrifice his son, Isaac, Abraham responds, “Here I am.” Later, when Isaac calls out, “My father!” before asking him why there is no animal to slaughter, Abraham responds, “Here I am.”

How do we fulfill our conflicting duties as father, husband, and son; wife and mother; child and adult? Jew and American? How can we claim our own identities when our lives are linked so closely to others’? These are the questions at the heart of Jonathan Safran Foer’s first novel in eleven years―a work of extraordinary scope and heartbreaking intimacy.

Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, D.C., Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia Bloch and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the meaning of home―and the fundamental question of how much aliveness one can bear.”

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30 .) Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Kirkus
  • NY Times
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Readings
  • Star Tribune
  • The Guardian
  • Good Books Guide

“Sofia, a young anthropologist, has spent much of her life trying to solve the mystery of her mother’s unexplainable illness. She is frustrated with Rose and her constant complaints, but utterly relieved to be called to abandon her own disappointing fledgling adult life. She and her mother travel to the searing, arid coast of southern Spain to see a famous consultant–their very last chance–in the hope that he might cure her unpredictable limb paralysis.

But Dr. Gomez has strange methods that seem to have little to do with physical medicine, and as the treatment progresses, Sofia’s mother’s illness becomes increasingly baffling. Sofia’s role as detective–tracking her mother’s symptoms in an attempt to find the secret motivation for her pain–deepens as she discovers her own desires in this transient desert community.”

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29 .) Mischling by Affinity Konar

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • NY Times
  • Publishers Weekly
  • The What List
  • MPR News
  • Largehearted Boy
  • Flavorwire

“t’s 1944 when the twin sisters arrive at Auschwitz with their mother and grandfather. In their benighted new world, Pearl and Stasha Zagorski take refuge in their identical natures, comforting themselves with the private language and shared games of their childhood.

As part of the experimental population of twins known as Mengele’s Zoo, the girls experience privileges and horrors unknown to others, and they find themselves changed, stripped of the personalities they once shared, their identities altered by the burdens of guilt and pain.

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28 .) Ninety-Nine Stories of God by Joy Williams

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Lists It Appears On:

  • NY Times
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Seattle Times
  • Star Tribune
  • The Huffington Post
  • San Francisco Chronicle 2
  • Englewood Review

This series of short, fictional vignettes explores our day-to-day interactions with an ever-elusive and arbitrary God. It’s the Book of Common Prayer as seen through a looking glass―a powerfully vivid collection of seemingly random life moments. The figures that haunt these stories range from Kafka (talking to a fish) to the Aztecs, Tolstoy to Abraham and Sarah, O. J. Simpson to a pack of wolves. Most of Williams’s characters, however, are like the rest of us: anonymous strivers and bumblers who brush up against God in the least expected places or go searching for Him when He’s standing right there. The Lord shows up at a hot-dog-eating contest, a demolition derby, a formal gala, and a drugstore, where he’s in line to get a shingles vaccination. At turns comic and yearning, lyric and aphoristic, Ninety-Nine Stories of God serves as a pure distillation of one of our great artists.

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27 .) Sudden Death by Álvaro Enrigue, translated by Natasha Wimmer

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Publishers Weekly
  • The Guardian
  • Washington Post
  • Largehearted Boy
  • Electric Lit
  • Paste
  • San Francisco Chronicle 2

The poet and the painter battle it out in Rome before a crowd that includes Galileo, Mary Magdalene, and a generation of popes who would throw the world into flames. In England, Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII execute Anne Boleyn, and her crafty executioner transforms her legendary locks into those most-sought-after tennis balls. Across the ocean in Mexico, the last Aztec emperors play their own games, as the conquistador Hernán Cortés and his Mayan translator and lover, La Malinche, scheme and conquer, fight and f**k, not knowing that their domestic comedy will change the course of history. In a remote Mexican colony a bishop reads Thomas More’s Utopia and thinks that it’s a manual instead of a parody. And in today’s New York City, a man searches for answers to impossible questions, for a book that is both an archive and an oracle.

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26 .) The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Goodreads
  • Washington Post
  • Bookriot
  • Paste
  • San Francisco Chronicle 2
  • Bustle

Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs’ joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving. Meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest’s value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems.

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25 .) The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Redbook
  • Amazon
  • Buzzfeed Books
  • Entropy
  • The Globe and Mail
  • Bookriot
  • Flavorwire

THE WANGS VS. THE WORLD is an outrageously funny tale about a wealthy Chinese-American family that “loses it all, then takes a healing, uproarious road trip across the United States” (Entertainment Weekly). Their spectacular fall from riches to rags brings the Wangs together in a way money never could. It’s an epic family saga and an entirely fresh look at what it means to belong in America.

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24 .) Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Buzzfeed Books
  • Entropy
  • Kirkus
  • NY Times
  • Bookriot
  • Flavorwire
  • San Francisco Chronicle 2
  • Amazon

Capturing the distinct rhythms of Jamaican life and dialect, Nicole Dennis- Benn pens a tender hymn to a world hidden among pristine beaches and the wide expanse of turquoise seas. At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is ruthlessly determined to shield Thandi from the same fate. When plans for a new hotel threaten their village, Margot sees not only an opportunity for her own financial independence but also perhaps a chance to admit a shocking secret: her forbidden love for another woman. As they face the impending destruction of their community, each woman―fighting to balance the burdens she shoulders with the freedom she craves―must confront long-hidden scars. From a much-heralded new writer, Here Comes the Sun offers a dramatic glimpse into a vibrant, passionate world most outsiders see simply as paradise.

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23 .) Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Buzzfeed Books
  • Kirkus
  • Seattle Times
  • The What List
  • Time
  • The Huffington Post
  • Shelf Awareness
  • San Francisco Chronicle

“When Margaret’s fiancé, John, is hospitalized for depression in 1960s London, she faces a choice: carry on with their plans despite what she now knows of his condition, or back away from the suffering it may bring her. She decides to marry him. Imagine Me Gone is the unforgettable story of what unfolds from this act of love and faith. At the heart of it is their eldest son, Michael, a brilliant, anxious music fanatic who makes sense of the world through parody. Over the span of decades, his younger siblings — the savvy and responsible Celia and the ambitious and tightly controlled Alec — struggle along with their mother to care for Michael’s increasingly troubled and precarious existence.

Told in alternating points of view by all five members of the family, this searing, gut-wrenching, and yet frequently hilarious novel brings alive with remarkable depth and poignancy the love of a mother for her children, the often inescapable devotion siblings feel toward one another, and the legacy of a father’s pain in the life of a family. “

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22 .) News of the World by Paulette Jiles

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Kirkus
  • Seattle Times
  • St. Lousi Post Dispatch
  • The Globe and Mail
  • Dallas Voice
  • Book Chase
  • The Denver Post
  • Amazon

“It is 1870 and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.

In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.

Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forging a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.”

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21 .) Nutshell by Ian McEwan

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Good Books Guide
  • NY Times
  • Ripr
  • San Francisco Chronicle 2
  • Star Tribune
  • The Globe and Mail
  • The Guardian
  • Washington Post

“Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She’s still in the marital home—a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse—but John’s not there. Instead, she’s with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy’s womb.

Told from a perspective unlike any other, Nutshell is a classic tale of murder and deceit from one of the world’s master storytellers.”

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20 .) Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Glamour
  • Kirkus
  • NY Times
  • Redbook
  • The Denver Post
  • The Globe and Mail
  • Washington Post

Eleanor knows she’s a mess. But today, she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won’t swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action-life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother’s company. It’s also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office-but not Eleanor-that he’s on vacation. Just when it seems like things can’t go more awry, an encounter with a former colleague produces a graphic memoir whose dramatic tale threatens to reveal a buried family secret.

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19 .) Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Bustle
  • Kirkus
  • Largehearted Boy
  • NY Times
  • Redbook
  • San Francisco Chronicle 2
  • St. Lousi Post Dispatch
  • Washington Post

“Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty—and Jende is eager to please. Clark’s wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses’ summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future.

However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers’ façades.”

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18 .) The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookriot
  • Boston Globe
  • Electric Lit
  • Entropy
  • Good Books Guide
  • Kirkus
  • San Francisco Chronicle 2
  • The Undefeated
  • Vox

A “wild opera of a novel,”* The Queen of the Night tells the mesmerizing story of Lilliet Berne, an orphan who left the American frontier for Europe and was swept into the glamour and terror of Second Empire France. She became a sensation of the Paris Opera, with every accolade but an original role—her chance at immortality. When one is offered to her, she finds the libretto is based on her deepest secret, something only four people have ever known. But who betrayed her? With “epic sweep, gorgeous language, and haunting details,”** Alexander Chee shares Lilliet’s cunning transformation from circus rider to courtesan to legendary soprano, retracing the path that led to the role that could secure her reputation—or destroy her with the secrets it reveals.

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17 .) Zero K by Don DeLillo

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Boston Globe
  • NY Times
  • Publishers Weekly
  • San Francisco Chronicle 2
  • The Globe and Mail
  • The Guardian
  • The Huffington Post
  • The What List
  • Washington Post

“The wisest, richest, funniest, and most moving novel in years from Don DeLillo, one of the great American novelists of our time—an ode to language, at the heart of our humanity, a meditation on death, and an embrace of life.

Jeffrey Lockhart’s father, Ross, is a billionaire in his sixties, with a younger wife, Artis Martineau, whose health is failing. Ross is the primary investor in a remote and secret compound where death is exquisitely controlled and bodies are preserved until a future time when biomedical advances and new technologies can return them to a life of transcendent promise. Jeff joins Ross and Artis at the compound to say “an uncertain farewell” to her as she surrenders her body.”

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16 .) A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Chicago Tribune
  • Hudson Booksellers
  • Kirkus
  • Paste
  • Philly
  • Readings
  • San Francisco Chronicle 2
  • Shelf Awareness
  • St. Lousi Post Dispatch
  • Washington Post

“In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.”

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15 .) The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookriot
  • Buzzfeed Books
  • CBA
  • Electric Lit
  • MPR News
  • NY Times
  • Redbook
  • The Huffington Post
  • The Undefeated
  • Washington Post

When brothers Tushar and Nakul Khurana, two Delhi schoolboys, pick up their family’s television set at a repair shop with their friend Mansoor Ahmed one day in 1996, disaster strikes without warning. A bomb—one of the many “small” bombs that go off seemingly unheralded across the world—detonates in the Delhi marketplace, instantly claiming the lives of the Khurana boys, to the devastation of their parents. Mansoor survives, bearing the physical and psychological effects of the bomb. After a brief stint at university in America, Mansoor returns to Delhi, where his life becomes entangled with the mysterious and charismatic Ayub, a fearless young activist whose own allegiances and beliefs are more malleable than Mansoor could imagine. Woven among the story of the Khuranas and the Ahmeds is the gripping tale of Shockie, a Kashmiri bomb maker who has forsaken his own life for the independence of his homeland.

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14 .) The Nix by Nathan Hill

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Bustle
  • Electric Lit
  • Kirkus
  • MPR News
  • NY Times
  • The Huffington Post
  • The What List
  • Twin Cities
  • Washington Post

“From the suburban Midwest to New York City to the 1968 riots that rocked Chicago and beyond, The Nix explores—with sharp humor and a fierce tenderness—the resilience of love and home, even in times of radical change.

It’s 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson—college professor, stalled writer—has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn’t seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she’s re-appeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high-school sweetheart. Which version of his mother is true? Two facts are certain: she’s facing some serious charges, and she needs Samuel’s help. “

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13 .) What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Buzzfeed Books
  • Chicago Review of Books
  • Electric Lit
  • Entropy
  • Good Books Guide
  • Largehearted Boy
  • MPR News
  • Philly
  • Publishers Weekly
  • San Francisco Chronicle 2
  • Washington Post

On an unseasonably warm autumn day, an American teacher enters a public bathroom beneath Sofia’s National Palace of Culture. There he meets Mitko, a charismatic young hustler, and pays him for sex. He returns to Mitko again and again over the next few months, drawn by hunger and loneliness and risk, and finds himself ensnared in a relationship in which lust leads to mutual predation, and tenderness can transform into violence. As he struggles to reconcile his longing with the anguish it creates, he’s forced to grapple with his own fraught history, the world of his southern childhood where to be queer was to be a pariah. There are unnerving similarities between his past and the foreign country he finds himself in, a country whose geography and griefs he discovers as he learns more of Mitko’s own narrative, his private history of illness, exploitation, and want.

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12 .) The Mothers by Brit Bennett

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Bookriot
  • Boomerang Blog
  • Bustle
  • Buzzfeed Books
  • CBA
  • Electric Lit
  • Flavorwire
  • Kirkus
  • MPR News
  • Readings
  • The Undefeated

It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty. Mourning her own mother’s recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor’s son. Luke Sheppard is twenty-one, a former football star whose injury has reduced him to waiting tables at a diner. They are young; it’s not serious. But the pregnancy that results from this teen romance—and the subsequent cover-up—will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth. As Nadia hides her secret from everyone, including Aubrey, her God-fearing best friend, the years move quickly. Soon, Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey are full-fledged adults and still living in debt to the choices they made that one seaside summer, caught in a love triangle they must carefully maneuver, and dogged by the constant, nagging question: What if they had chosen differently? The possibilities of the road not taken are a relentless haunt.

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11 .) Barkskins by Annie Proulx

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Boston Globe
  • Herald Net
  • Kirkus
  • NY Times
  • Publishers Weekly
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • Seattle Times
  • St. Lousi Post Dispatch
  • Tampa Bay Times
  • The Globe and Mail
  • The Guardian
  • Washington Post

In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen, René Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord, a “seigneur,” for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters—barkskins. René suffers extraordinary hardship, oppressed by the forest he is charged with clearing. He is forced to marry a Mi’kmaw woman and their descendants live trapped between two inimical cultures. But Duquet, crafty and ruthless, runs away from the seigneur, becomes a fur trader, then sets up a timber business. Proulx tells the stories of the descendants of Sel and Duquet over three hundred years—their travels across North America, to Europe, China, and New Zealand, under stunningly brutal conditions—the revenge of rivals, accidents, pestilence, Indian attacks, and cultural annihilation. Over and over again, they seize what they can of a presumed infinite resource, leaving the modern-day characters face to face with possible ecological collapse.

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10 .) Moonglow by Michael Chabon

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Buzzfeed Books
  • CBA
  • Flavorwire
  • NY Times
  • Paste
  • Ripr
  • San Francisco Chronicle 2
  • St. Lousi Post Dispatch
  • Tampa Bay Times
  • The Globe and Mail
  • Twin Cities
  • Washington Post

“Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession of a man the narrator refers to only as “my grandfather.” It is a tale of madness, of war and adventure, of sex and marriage and desire, of existential doubt and model rocketry, of the shining aspirations and demonic underpinnings of American technological accomplishment at midcentury, and, above all, of the destructive impact—and the creative power—of keeping secrets and telling lies. It is a portrait of the difficult but passionate love between the narrator’s grandfather and his grandmother, an enigmatic woman broken by her experience growing up in war-torn France. It is also a tour de force of speculative autobiography in which Chabon devises and reveals a secret history of his own imagination.

From the Jewish slums of prewar South Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to the penal utopia of New York’s Wallkill prison, from the heyday of the space program to the twilight of the “American Century,” the novel revisits an entire era through a single life and collapses a lifetime into a single week. A lie that tells the truth, a work of fictional nonfiction, an autobiography wrapped in a novel disguised as a memoir, Moonglow is Chabon at his most moving and inventive.”

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9 .) The Vegetarian by Han Kang

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“Before the nightmares began, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary, controlled life. But the dreams—invasive images of blood and brutality—torture her, driving Yeong-hye to purge her mind and renounce eating meat altogether. It’s a small act of independence, but it interrupts her marriage and sets into motion an increasingly grotesque chain of events at home. As her husband, her brother-in-law and sister each fight to reassert their control, Yeong-hye obsessively defends the choice that’s become sacred to her. Soon their attempts turn desperate, subjecting first her mind, and then her body, to ever more intrusive and perverse violations, sending Yeong-hye spiraling into a dangerous, bizarre estrangement, not only from those closest to her, but also from herself.

Celebrated by critics around the world, The Vegetarian is a darkly allegorical, Kafka-esque tale of power, obsession, and one woman’s struggle to break free from the violence both without and within her.”

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8 .) LaRose by Louise Erdrich

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“North Dakota, late summer, 1999. Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own. He shoots with easy confidence—but when the buck springs away, Landreaux realizes he’s hit something else, a blur he saw as he squeezed the trigger. When he staggers closer, he realizes he has killed his neighbor’s five-year-old son, Dusty Ravich.

The youngest child of his friend and neighbor, Peter Ravich, Dusty was best friends with Landreaux’s five-year-old son, LaRose. The two families have always been close, sharing food, clothing, and rides into town; their children played together despite going to different schools; and Landreaux’s wife, Emmaline, is half sister to Dusty’s mother, Nola. Horrified at what he’s done, the recovered alcoholic turns to an Ojibwe tribe tradition—the sweat lodge—for guidance, and finds a way forward. Following an ancient means of retribution, he and Emmaline will give LaRose to the grieving Peter and Nola. “Our son will be your son now,” they tell them.”

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7 .) The Girls by Emma Cline

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“Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence.

Emma Cline’s remarkable debut novel is gorgeously written and spellbinding, with razor-sharp precision and startling psychological insight. The Girls is a brilliant work of fiction.”

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6 .) My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

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Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy’s childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy’s life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters. Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable.

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5 .) Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

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“Running into a long-ago friend sets memory from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything—until it wasn’t. For August and her girls, sharing confidences as they ambled through neighborhood streets, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant—a part of a future that belonged to them.

But beneath the hopeful veneer, there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where ghosts haunted the night, where mothers disappeared. A world where madness was just a sunset away and fathers found hope in religion.”

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4 .) Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

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“One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.

Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.”

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3 .) Swing Time by Zadie Smith

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“Two brown girls dream of being dancers—but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It’s a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either.

Tracey makes it to the chorus line but struggles with adult life, while her friend leaves the old neighborhood behind, traveling the world as an assistant to a famous singer, Aimee, observing close up how the one percent live.

But when Aimee develops grand philanthropic ambitions, the story moves from London to West Africa, where diaspora tourists travel back in time to find their roots, young men risk their lives to escape into a different future, the women dance just like Tracey—the same twists, the same shakes—and the origins of a profound inequality are not a matter of distant history, but a present dance to the music of time.”

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2 .) Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

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Effia and Esi are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.

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1 .) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

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“Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.
In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.”

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36 All That Man Is David Szalay NY Times
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37 Everyone Brave is Forgiven Chris Cleave Boomerang Blog
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38 Hag-Seed Margaret Atwood The Guardian
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39 Private Citizens Tony Tulathimutte Buzzfeed Books
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40 Problems Jade Sharma Entropy
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41 The Last Painting of Sara de Vos Dominic Smith Kirkus
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42 The North Water Ian McGuire NY Times
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43 The Portable Veblen Elizabeth McKenzie St. Lousi Post Dispatch
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44 The Trespasser Tana French Time
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45 The Wonder Emma Donoghue Kirkus
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46 Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of Your Fist Sunil Yapa Bustle
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47 A GAMBLER’S ANATOMY Jonathan Lethem NY Times
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48 Before The Fall Noah Hawley NY Times
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49 Grief is the Thing with Feathers Max Porter NY Times
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50 Heroes of the Frontier Dave Eggers Herald Net
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51 High Dive Jonathan Lee Kirkus
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52 Lily and the Octopus Steven Rowley Goodreads
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53 Modern Lovers Emma Straub Kirkus
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54 Mr. Splitfoot Samantha Hunt Paste
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55 Sweet Lamb of Heaven Lydia Millet Star Tribune
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56 Sweetbitter Stephanie Danler Buzzfeed Books
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57 The Fortunes Peter Ho Davies NY Times
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58 The Mirror Thief Martin Seay NY Times
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59 The Red Car Marcy Dermansky Buzzfeed Books
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60 The Sellout Paul Beatty The Bookbag 2
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61 Alice & Oliver Charles Bock The Globe and Mail
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62 All The Birds In The Sky Charlie Jane Anders Hudson Booksellers
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63 Do Not Say We Have Nothing Madeleine Thien NY Times
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64 Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice (The Austen Project, #4) Curtis Sittenfeld Glamour
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65 Exposure Helen Dunmore Kirkus
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66 Faithful Alice Hoffman St. Lousi Post Dispatch
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67 Grace Natashia Deon Entropy
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68 Innocents and Others Dana Spiotta Kirkus
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69 Margaret The First Danielle Dutton Entropy
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70 Mercury Margot Livesey Kirkus
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71 Miss Jane Brad Watson Washington Post
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72 Nicotine Nell Zink Electric Lit
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73 Reputations Juan Gabriel Vásquez. Translated by Anne McLean Kirkus
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74 Seeing Red Lina Meruane Entropy
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75 Serious Sweet A.L. Kennedy Kirkus
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76 Tender Belinda McKeon Kirkus
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77 The Gardens of Consolation Parisa Reza Entropy
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78 The Gloaming Melanie Finn Entropy
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79 The Golden Age Joan London Kirkus
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80 The Gustav Sonata Rose Tremain Kirkus
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81 The Jealous Kind James Lee Burke Dallas Voice
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82 The Lesser Bohemians Eimear McBride The Guardian
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83 The Muse Jessie Burton Good Books Guide
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84 The Past Tessa Hadley Washington Post
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85 The Regional Office Is Under Attack! Manuel Gonzales Buzzfeed Books
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86 The Sport of Kings C.E. Morgan Kirkus
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87 The Story of a Brief Marriage Anuk Arudpragasam Entropy
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88 The Throwback Special Chris Bachelder Kirkus
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89 The Unseen World Liz Moore Publishers Weekly
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90 They May Not Mean To, But They Do Cathleen Schine Good Books Guide
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91 Thus Bad Begins Javier Marías. Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa The Guardian
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92 War & Turpentine Stefan Hertmans. Translated by David McKay Good Books Guide
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93 What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours Helen Oyeyemi Buzzfeed Books
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94 Wintering Peter Geye Good Books Guide
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95 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl Mona Awad The Globe and Mail
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96 A Collapse of Horses Brian Evenson Chicago Review of Books
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97 A Doubter’s Almanac: A Novel Ethan Canin Amazon
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98 A Great Reckoning Louise Penny Kirkus
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99 A Tree or a Person or a Wall Matt Bell Chicago Review of Books
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100 All the Ugly and Wonderful Things Bryn Greenwood Goodreads
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101 Among Strange Victims Daniel Saldaña París Entropy
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102 Baby Girl Bette Lee Crosby Conversations Mag
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103 Blackass A. Igoni Barrett Entropy
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104 Carousel Court Joe McGinniss Jr. Kirkus
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105 Daredevils Shawn Vestal Seattle Times
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106 DARK MATTER BLAKE CROUCH Boomerang Blog
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107 Days Without End Sebastian Barry The Guardian
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108 Double Teenage Joni Murphy The Globe and Mail
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109 Eleven Hours Pamela Erens Entropy
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110 Fields Where They Lay Timothy Hallinan Kirkus
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111 Forty Rooms Olga Grushin Kirkus
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112 Girls on Fire Robin Wasserman Buzzfeed Books
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113 Golden Hill Francis Spufford The Guardian
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114 Good Morning, Midnight Lily Brooks-Dalton Chicago Review of Books
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115 Heat & Light Jennifer Haigh Washington Post
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116 Holding Graham Norton The Bookbag
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117 Human Acts Han Kang Good Books Guide
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118 Hystopia David Means Kirkus
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119 I LET YOU GO Clare Mackintosh Kirkus
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120 I’m Thinking of Ending Things Iain Reid Entropy
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121 INFOMOCRACY Malka Older Kirkus
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122 Jerusalem Alan Moore Kirkus
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123 Leave Me Gayle Forman Caroline County Public Library
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124 Look Solmaz Sharif San Francisco Chronicle 2
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125 Losing It Emma Rathbone San Francisco Chronicle 2
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126 Mothering Sunday Graham Swift Star Tribune
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127 Mount! Jilly Cooper Glamour
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128 Multiple Choice Alejandro Zambra The What List
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129 My Struggle: Book Five Karl Ove Knausgaard Kirkus
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130 Of This New World Allegra Hyde Entropy
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131 Over the Plain Houses Julia Franks Chicago Review of Books
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132 Patricide D. Foy Entropy
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133 Razor Girl Carl Hiaasen Kirkus
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134 Shelter in Place Alexander Maksik Entropy
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135 Small Great Things Jodi Picoult Goodreads
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136 Some Possible Solutions Helen Phillips Buzzfeed Books
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137 Some Rain Must Fall Karl Ove Knausgaard The Guardian
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138 The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle Passionate Foodie
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139 The Book of Harlan Bernice L. McFadden Conversations Mag
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140 The Dollhouse Fiona Davis Conversations Mag
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141 The Good Lieutenant Whitney Terrell Washington Post
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142 The Good People Hannah Kent Readings
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143 The Jungle Around Us Anne Raeff San Francisco Chronicle 2
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144 The Kindness of Enemies Leila Aboulela Shelf Awareness
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145 The Last Days of Night Graham Moore Washington Post
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146 The Noise of Time Julian Barnes The Guardian
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147 The Seed Collectors Scarlett Thomas Kirkus
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148 The Summer Before the War Helen Simonson Washington Post
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149 The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen The Guardian
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150 The Terranauts TC Boyle Twin Cities
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151 The Veins of the Ocean Patricia Engel Entropy
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152 The Woman in Cabin 10 Ruth Ware Herald Net
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153 The Year of the Runaways Sunjeev Sahota Washington Post
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154 The Yid Paul Goldberg Washington Post
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155 Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings Stephen O’Connor Seattle Times
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156 To the Bright Edge of the World Eowyn Ivey The What List
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157 Transit Rachel Cusk The Guardian
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158 Valiant Gentlemen Sabina Murray NY Times
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159 Version Control Dexter Palmer Buzzfeed Books
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160 24/7 J.A. Rock Kirkus
161 99 Stories of God Joy Williams Entropy
162 A Brief History of Seven Killings Marlon James Philly
163 A Briefcase, Two Pies and a Penthouse Brannavan Gnanalingam The Spinoff
164 A CERTAIN AGE Beatriz Williams Kirkus
165 A CHANGE OF HEART Sonali Dev Kirkus
166 A Country Road, A Tree Jo Baker The Guardian
167 A FINE BALANCE Rohinton Mistry The What List
168 A Friend of Mr. Lincoln Stephen Harrigan Book Chase
169 A Guinea Pig Oliver Twist Dallas Voice
170 A Land More Kind Than Home Wiley Cash Caroline County Public Library
171 A Man Called Ove Fredrik Backman Caroline County Public Library
172 A NIGHT WITHOUT STARS Peter F. Hamilton Kirkus
173 A PROMISE OF FIRE Amanda Bouchet Kirkus
174 A Quiet Life Natasha Walter Good Books Guide
175 A SCOT IN THE DARK Sarah MacLean Kirkus
176 A Sinful Calling Kimberla Lawson Roby Conversations Mag
177 A STUDY IN SCARLET WOMEN Sherry Thomas Kirkus
178 A Tangle of Gold [Colors of Madeleine] Jaclyn Moriarty The Horn Book
179 A Touch of Stardust Kate Alcott Caroline County Public Library
180 A Whisper of Southern Lights Tim Lebbon Passionate Foodie
181 Abahn Sabana David Marguerite Duras Entropy
182 Ace of Spiders Stefan Mohamed The Bookbag
183 After Atlas Emma Newman Paste
184 AFTER JAMES MICHAEL HELM The Globe and Mail
185 After The Crash Michel Bussi Caroline County Public Library
186 Age of Blight Kristine Ong Muslim Chicago Review of Books
187 All Day at the Movies Fiona Kidman The Spinoff
188 ALL THAT SANG LYDIA PEROVIC The Globe and Mail
189 All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr The Spinoff
190 American Housewife Helen Ellis The Spinoff
191 AMERICAN RHAPSODY CLAUDIA ROTH PIERPONT Verily Mag
192 An Unattractive Vampire Jim McDoniel Herald Net
193 An Unrestored Woman Shobha Rao Herald Net
194 ANATOMY OF A SOLDIER Harry Parker The What List
195 Anchor in the Storm Sarah Sundin Conversations Mag
196 As Brave As You Jason Reynolds The Horn Book
197 Autumn Ali Smith The Guardian
198 Back in the Saddle Ruth Logan Herne Conversations Mag
199 Beast Paul Kingsnorth The Guardian
200 Beasts & Children St. Lousi Post Dispatch
201 Beautiful Country J.R Conversations Mag
202 Because of Miss Bridgerton Julia Quinn Philly
203 Before the Wind Jim Lynch Herald Net
204 Before We Visit the Goddess Chitra Divakaruni Modern Mrs. Darcy
205 Behind Closed Doors B.A. Paris Redbook
206 Bev Andrea Williams and Matty Rich Conversations Mag
207 Black Deutschland Darryl Pinckney Entropy
208 BLACK WATER Louise Doughty NY Times
209 BLIND SIGHT Carol O’Connell Kirkus
210 Body 2.0 Krista Hammerbacher Haapala Redbook
211 Bones of Paradise Jonis Agee Twin Cities
212 BRIGHT, PRECIOUS DAYS Jay McInerney The What List
213 Brush of Wings Karen Kingsbury Conversations Mag
214 Bull Mountain Brian Panowich The Well Read Redhead
215 Burn Baby Burn Meg Medina The Horn Book
216 Calloway Cori Quinn Conversations Mag
217 CAT BORN TO THE PURPLE C.L. Francisco Huffington Post
218 Children of Italy Christine Simolke Conversations Mag
219 CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD Alexander Weinstein NY Times
220 Christodora Tim Murphy Washington Post
221 Cities I’ve Never Lived In Sara Majka Entropy
222 Close Your Eyes St. Lousi Post Dispatch
223 COINMAN Pawan Mishra Huffington Post
224 COLLECTED POEMS 1950-2012 Adrienne Rich NY Times
225 COLLECTING THE DEAD Spencer Kope Kirkus
226 CONSTANT GUESTS Patricia Nedelea Huffington Post
227 Cooked to Death: Tales of Crime and Cookery” edited by Michael Allan Mallory and Rhonda Guilliland Twin Cities
228 Cruel Beautiful World Caroline Leavitt Dallas Voice
229 Dahlia Cassandra Nathaniel Kressen Entropy
230 DARKROOM Mary Maddox Huffington Post
231 Dear Mr M Herman Koch The Spinoff
232 DEATH’S END Cixin Liu, translated Kirkus
233 Defiant Pose Stewart Home Entropy
234 deleted scenes for lovers Tracey Slaughter The Spinoff
235 Destiny Lingers Rolonda Watts Conversations Mag
236 Different Class Joanne Harris The Bookbag 2
237 Do Your Om Thing Rebecca Pacheco The Well Read Redhead
238 Dodgers Bill Beverly Shelf Awareness
239 Dog Years Melissa Yancy Entropy
240 DON’T I KNOW YOU? MARNI JACKSON The Globe and Mail
241 DON’T LET MY BABY DO RODEO Boris Fishman NY Times
242 Double Negative Ivan Vladislavić Verso
243 Doubt C.e. Tobisman Redbook
244 DRACHEN Brendan le Grange Huffington Post
245 DRONE Robert Roy Britt Huffington Post
246 EAST OF MECCA Sheila Flaherty Huffington Post
247 Echoland Per Petterson Good Books Guide
248 EDGE THE BARE GARDEN Rosanne Cheng Huffington Post
249 Eileen Ottessa Moshfegh The Spinoff
250 Eliza Waite Ashley E. Sweeney Caroline County Public Library
251 Ema, the Captive César Aira. Translated from the Spanish by Chris Andrews Boston Globe
252 Enchanted Islands Allison Amend Good Books Guide
253 END OF WATCH Stephen King NY Times
254 Every Anxious Wave Mo Daviau Hudson Booksellers
255 Every Kind of Wanting Gina Frangello Entropy
256 Every Woman’s Dream Mary Monroe Conversations Mag
257 Experimental Animals (A Reality Fiction) Thalia Field Entropy
258 FALL FROM GRACE Tim Weaver Kirkus
259 Falling Julie Cohen The Bookbag
260 Falter Kingdom Michael J. Seidlinger Entropy
261 FAST TRACK TO GLORY Tomasz Chrusciel Huffington Post
262 Father’s Day Simon Van Booy The Bookbag 2
263 Fell Jenn Ashworth The Bookbag
264 Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine Diane Williams San Francisco Chronicle 2
265 FIRST KILL Robert Roy Britt Huffington Post
266 FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT Susan Elizabeth Phillips Kirkus
267 Fish in Exile Vi Khi Nao Entropy
268 Fixers Michael M. Thomas Washington Post
269 FOOL ME ONCE Harlan Coben Kirkus
270 For a Little While: New and Selected Stories Rick Bass San Francisco Chronicle 2
271 For Two Thousand Years Mihail Sebastian Good Books Guide
272 FORBIDDEN Beverly Jenkins Kirkus
273 Four Reincarnations: Poems Max Ritvo Shelf Awareness
274 Foxlowe Eleanor Wasserberg Good Books Guide
275 Fractured Catherine McKenzie Conversations Mag
276 Friend of Mr. Lincoln St. Lousi Post Dispatch
277 Full of Beans Jennifer L. Holm The Horn Book
278 Gaijin Jordan Okumura Entropy
279 GASLIGHT STEVEN PRICE The Globe and Mail
280 Gesell Dome Guillermo Saccomanno; translated from the Spanish by Andrea G. Labinger. San Francisco Chronicle 2
281 Ghosts of the Tristan Basin Brian McClellan Passionate Foodie
282 Ginny Gall Charlie Smith Washington Post
283 Go Tell It On The Mountain James Baldwin Penguin, 2001 [1953]) Verso
284 GOD OF THE INTERNET Lynn Lipinski Huffington Post
285 Goodnight, Beautiful Women Anna Noyes The Huffington Post
286 Happy People Read and Drink Coffee Agnes Martin-Lugand Conversations Mag
287 Harmless Like You Rowan Hisayo Buchanan The Bookbag
288 Harmony Carolyn Parkhurst The Bookbag 2
289 Heartbreaker Maryse Meijer Chicago Review of Books
290 HEAVEN, EARTH OR HELL Maeve Nolan Huffington Post
291 HECTOR’S HEROIC DAY Patrick Jones Huffington Post
292 Hell’s Bounty Joe R. Lansdale & John L. Lansdale Passionate Foodie
293 Here Lies Memory Doug Rice Entropy
294 HERO IN THE HIGHLANDS Suzanne Enoch Kirkus
295 Hidden Bodies Caroline Kepnes Glamour
296 HIDDEN FIGURES MARGOT LEE SHETTERLY Verily Mag
297 Hindsight Mindy Tarquini Redbook
298 His Bloody Project Graeme Macrae Burnet The Guardian
299 House of Large Sizes Ian Graham Leask Twin Cities
300 HOUSE OF LORDS AND COMMONS Ishion Hutchinson NY Times
301 Hungry Heart Jennifer Weiner Flavorwire
302 I Hate the Internet Jarett Kobek Verso
303 I MUST BE LIVING TWICE: New and Selected Poems, 1975-2014.By Eileen Myles. (Ecco/HarperCollins, $29.99.) Charming and confounding poems from a provocative voice. NY Times
304 I Will Send Rain Rae Meadows Book Chase
305 I’ll See You in Paris Michelle Gable Conversations Mag
306 I’ll Tell You in Person Chloe Caldwell Flavorwire
307 IDLEWILD Jude Sierra Kirkus
308 If I Forget You Thomas Christopher Greene Conversations Mag
309 IMPALA Andrew Diamond Huffington Post
310 In the Café of Lost Youth Patrick Modiano Boston Globe
311 IN THE DARK Chris Patchell Huffington Post
312 In Twenty Years Allison Winn Scotch Conversations Mag
313 Infinite Ground Martin MacInnes The Guardian
314 Ink and Bone Lisa Unger The Bookbag
315 IZA’S BALLAD Magda Szabo. Translated by George Szirtes NY Times
316 Jazz Moon Joe Okonkwo Dallas Voice
317 Jonathan Unleashed Meg Rosoff Dallas Voice
318 Juana & Lucas written and illustrated Juana Medina The Horn Book
319 Judas St. Lousi Post Dispatch
320 Justice for Jessica Alretha Thomas Conversations Mag
321 Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation Octavia E. Butler and Damian Duffy, illustrated The Undefeated
322 KING OF AVERAGE Gary Schwartz Huffington Post
323 KINGFISHER Patricia A. McKillip Kirkus
324 Knockout John Jodzio Twin Cities
325 Ladivine Marie NDiaye translated Verso
326 LATE STORIES Stephen Dixon Kirkus
327 Leaving Lucy Pear Anna Solomon Entropy
328 Letters to Kevin Stephen Dixon Entropy
329 Lilac Girls Martha Hall Kelly Herald Net
330 LIVIA LONE Barry Eisler Kirkus
331 LONER Teddy Wayne Kirkus
332 Losing the Light Andrea Dunlop Redbook
333 Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff Seattle Times
334 Maestra LS Hilton Glamour
335 Magic Danielle Steel The Spinoff
336 Makoons [Birchbark House] written and illustrated Louise Erdrich The Horn Book
337 Man and Wife Katie Chase Entropy
338 Manitou Canyon William Kent Krueger Dallas Voice
339 MARCH: BOOK 3 John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell Bookriot
340 MARRYING WINTERBORNE Lisa Kleypas Kirkus
341 MASTERS’ MYSTERIUM: LAS VEGAS R.R. Reynolds Huffington Post
342 Mattie’s Call Stacy Campbell Conversations Mag
343 MAX AND THE MARA Jesse Arnold Huffington Post
344 MAYS LANDING J.C. Mercer Huffington Post
345 Me Before You Jojo Moyes The Well Read Redhead
346 Memoirs of a Polar Bear Yoko Tawada Entropy
347 Men Can Cry Too Kenny L Conversations Mag
348 Miller’s Valley Anna Quindlen The Denver Post
349 MISSING, PRESUMED Susie Steiner Kirkus
350 MISTER MONKEY Francine Prose NY Times
351 Mister Monkey Francine Prose San Francisco Chronicle 2
352 MONSTERLAND Michael Phillip Cash Huffington Post
353 Monterey Bay Lindsay Hatton San Francisco Chronicle 2
354 Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was Sjon and Victoria Cribb (translator) The Bookbag 2
355 Morning Star Pierce Brown Paste
356 Mortal Trash Kim Addonizio San Francisco Chronicle 2
357 MOXIE’S DECISION Hank Quense Huffington Post
358 Murder, She Tweets Amy Beth Arkawy Conversations Mag
359 Music and Freedom Zoë Morrison Readings
360 My Name is Leon Kit de Waal The Bookbag
361 MYSTERIOUS FRAGRANCE OF THE YELLOW MOUNTAINS YASUKO THANH The Globe and Mail
362 Mysterious Mysteries of the Aro Valley Danyl McLauchlan The Spinoff
363 Neon Green Margaret Wappler Entropy
364 Night and Day Iris Johansen Conversations Mag
365 Night of the Animals Bill Broun Vox
366 Night School Lee Child The Spinoff
367 Night Sky With Exit Wounds Ocean Vuong San Francisco Chronicle 2
368 Nine Island Jane Alison Publishers Weekly
369 NORTE Edmundo Paz Soldán, translated Kirkus
370 NOT SO MUCH, SAID THE CAT Michael Swanwick Kirkus
371 Not Working Lisa Owens Glamour
372 Nothing on Earth Conor O’Callaghan The Guardian
373 Novi Sad Jeff Jackson Entropy
374 Oil and Marble Stephanie Storey Hudson Booksellers
375 On the Edge Rafael Chirbes Entropy
376 ONCE BROKEN D.M. Hamblin Huffington Post
377 One Hundred Twenty-One Days Michèle Audin, trans. from the French by Christiana Hills Publishers Weekly
378 ONLY THE HUNTED RUN Neely Tucker Kirkus
379 Original Cyn Sylvia Dickey Smith Conversations Mag
380 Our Young Man Edmund White Boston Globe
381 OUTRAGEOUS Neal Katz Huffington Post
382 PAPER CASTLES Terri Lee Huffington Post
383 Paper Girls Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang Chicago Tribune
384 Paris for One & Other Stories Jojo Moyes Dallas Voice
385 Peacekeeping Mischa Berlinski Washington Post
386 People Who Knew Me Kim Hooper Bustle
387 Perfume River Robert Olen Butler Washington Post
388 PHILOMENA Mark Guiney Huffington Post
389 Pieces of Hate Tim Lebbon Passionate Foodie
390 Poet of the Wrong Generation Lonnie Ostrow Conversations Mag
391 Potted Meat Steven Dunn Entropy
392 Precious and Grace Alexander McCall Smith Caroline County Public Library
393 Queen of the Night Alexander Chee Buzzfeed Books
394 RADIO GIRLS SARAH-JANE STRATFORD Verily Mag
395 RAVEN’S PEAK Lincoln Cole Huffington Post
396 Red Herring Jonothan Cullinane The Spinoff
397 Reel Tobias Carroll Entropy
398 REverybody’s Fool Richard Russo Hudson Booksellers
399 RICH AND POOR JACOB WREN The Globe and Mail
400 RISE THE DARK Michael Koryta Kirkus
401 RUN RAGGED Kari Aguila Huffington Post
402 Run the World Becky Wade The Well Read Redhead
403 Salammbô Gustave Flaubert, trans. A. J. Krailsheimer Verso
404 Saving Abby Steena Holmes Conversations Mag
405 SCARY OLD SEX Arlene Heyman Kirkus
406 Second House from the Corner Sadeqa Johnson Conversations Mag
407 Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets Svetlana Alexievich. Translated from the Russian by Bela Shayevich Boston Globe
408 Secret Lives and Private Eyes Heather Weidner Conversations Mag
409 Septimania Jonathan Levi Chicago Review of Books
410 SERVANT OF DARKNESS Simon J Cambridge Huffington Post
411 SERVANT OF FIRE Simon J Cambridge Huffington Post
412 SERVANT OF LIES Simon J Cambridge Huffington Post
413 Shelter Jun Yung MPR News
414 SHRIVERS Jeb Kinnison Huffington Post
415 Siracusa Delia Ephron Publishers Weekly
416 Sisi Allison Pataki Conversations Mag
417 Sister Surrogate Lachelle Weaver Conversations Mag
418 Skylarking Kate Mildenhall Readings
419 SLEEPING GIANTS Sylvain Neuvel Bookriot
420 Smoke Dan Vyleta Shelf Awareness
421 So Much for that Winter Dorthe Nors Entropy
422 Solar Bones Mike McCormack The Guardian
423 Song of Silence Cynthia Ruchti Conversations Mag
424 Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty Ramona Ausubel San Francisco Chronicle 2
425 Square Wave Mark de Silva Entropy
426 STILL HERE Lara Vapnyar NY Times
427 STILL MINE AMY STUART The Globe and Mail
428 STILL THE SAME MAN Jon Bilbao Kirkus
429 STRANGER DAVID BERGEN The Globe and Mail
430 Suite For Barbara Loden Nathalie Léger Entropy
431 Summer of the Cicadas Cole Lavalais The Undefeated
432 SUPER EXTRA GRANDE Yoss, translated Kirkus
433 SUPERNOVA C.A. Higgins Kirkus
434 Surveys Natasha Stagg Entropy
435 SWITCH Geoff Visgilio Huffington Post
436 Tailored for Trouble Mimi Jean Pamfiloff Philly
437 THE ADVENTURIST J. Bradford Hipps Kirkus
438 The Amateurs Sara Shepard Redbook
439 The Angel of History Rabih Alameddine Shelf Awareness
440 The Annie Year Stephanie Wilbur Ash Twin Cities
441 The Atomic Weight of Love Elizabeth J. Church Bustle
442 The Babysitter At Rest Jen George Entropy
443 The Beast J.R. Ward Philly
444 The Bed Moved Rebecca Schiff The Huffington Post
445 THE BED MOVED: STORIES Rebecca Schiff Kirkus
446 THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE ZOE WHITTALL The Globe and Mail
447 The Best Man Richard Peck The Horn Book
448 THE BEST PLACE ON EARTH: STORIES Ayelet Tsabari Kirkus
449 The Birds Tarjei Vesaas Entropy
450 THE BLACK WIDOW Daniel Silva Kirkus
451 The Blackbird Singularity Matt Wilven The Bookbag 2
452 THE BLIND MULE Russell S. Babcock Huffington Post
453 The Book of Endless Sleepovers Henry Hoke Entropy
454 The Border of Paradise Esmé Weijun Wang Electric Lit
455 THE BREAK KATHERENA VERMETTE The Globe and Mail
456 The Brilliant & Forever Kevin MacNeil The Guardian
457 The Burning Light Bradley Beaulieu and Rob Ziegler Passionate Foodie
458 The Cartel 6 Ashley & JaQuavis Conversations Mag
459 The Cavendon Luck Barbara Taylor Bradford Conversations Mag
460 The Chimes Anna Smaill Shelf Awareness
461 The City of Mirrors Hudson Booksellers
462 The Comet Seekers Helen Sedgwick Glamour
463 The Cosmopolitans Sarah Schulman Publishers Weekly
464 THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR SHARI LAPENA The Globe and Mail
465 The Course of Love: A Novel Alain de Bottom Modern Mrs. Darcy
466 The Crime Writer Jill Dawson Good Books Guide
467 The Dark Circle Linda Grant The Bookbag
468 The Dark Flood Rises Margaret Drabble Good Books Guide
469 The Dark Lady’s Mask Mary Sharratt Twin Cities
470 THE DARKEST SIDE OF SATURN Tony Taylor Huffington Post
471 THE DIARIES Chuck Driskell Huffington Post
472 The Dog Catcher Lloyd Johnson Conversations Mag
473 The Dream Life of Astronauts St. Lousi Post Dispatch
474 THE DRY JANE HARPER Boomerang Blog
475 The Essex Serpent Sarah Perry Good Books Guide
476 The Evenings Gerard Reve Good Books Guide
477 THE FIRE THIS TIME: A NEW GENERATION SPEAKS ABOUT RACE Jesmyn Ward Bookriot
478 THE FIREMAN JOE HILL Boomerang Blog
479 The Fisherman John Langan Electric Lit
480 THE FORTUNATE BROTHER DONNA MORRISSEY The Globe and Mail
481 The Fox Was Ever the Hunter Herta Müller. Translated from the German by Philip Boehm Boston Globe
482 The German Girl Armando Lucas Correa Dallas Voice
483 THE GILDED YEARS KARIN TANABE Verily Mag
484 The Girl in the Red Coat Kate Hamer Amazon
485 The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home Catherynne M. Valente Vox
486 THE GIRL WHO SLEPT WITH GOD Val Brelinski The What List
487 The Guineveres Sarah Domet Bustle
488 The Hand She Played Sheryl Mallory-Johnson Conversations Mag
489 The Heavenly Table Donald Ray Pollock My Dayton Daily
490 The Heavens May Fall Allen Eskens Twin Cities
491 THE HIDDEN KEYS ANDRÉ ALEXIS The Globe and Mail
492 THE HIGH MOUNTAINS OF PORTUGAL YANN MARTEL The Globe and Mail
493 THE HOUSE AT THE EDGE OF NIGHT Catherine Banner Kirkus
494 The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog written Adam Gidwitz, illustrated The Horn Book
495 THE INSEPARABLES Stuart Nadler Kirkus
496 The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko Scott Stambach Good Books Guide
497 THE KINGDOM OF THE SUN AND THE MOON Lowell H. Press Huffington Post
498 THE LAST MORTAL BOND Brian Staveley Kirkus
499 The Last One Alexandra Oliva Seattle Times
500 The Last Shift: Poems Philip Levine San Francisco Chronicle 2
501 THE LAST SUNSET Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall Huffington Post
502 The Last Wolf & Herman László Krasznahorkai Entropy
503 The Lie Tree Frances Hardinge The Horn Book
504 THE LIFE-WRITER David Constantine NY Times
505 The Lightkeepers Abby Geni Chicago Review of Books
506 THE LONG, HOT SUMMER KATHLEEN MACMAHON The Globe and Mail
507 The Loss of All Lost Things Amina Gautier The Undefeated
508 The Lost Time Accidents John Wray Buzzfeed Books
509 THE LOVED ONES Sonya Chung Kirkus
510 The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047 Lionel Shriver. The Economist
511 The Mare Philly
512 THE MAYNWARINGS Digger Cartwright Huffington Post
513 THE MONSTER REALM Nara Duffie Huffington Post
514 The Mortifications Derek Palacio NY Times
515 The Mortifications Derek Palacio Bustle
516 The Mother Yvvette Edwards The Undefeated
517 The Name on the Door is Not Mine: Stories new and selected CK Stead The Spinoff
518 The Natural Way of Things Charlotte Wood The Bookbag 2
519 THE OBELISK GATE N.K. Jemisin Kirkus
520 THE ODD FELLOWS SOCIETY C. G. Barrett Huffington Post
521 The One-in-a-Million Boy Monica Wood Modern Mrs. Darcy
522 The Orphan Keeper Camron Wright Conversations Mag
523 The Other Sister Dianne Dixon Conversations Mag
524 The Outside Lands Hannah Kohler Good Books Guide
525 THE PARCEL ANOSH IRANI The Globe and Mail
526 THE PARTY WALL CATHERINE LEROUX, TRANSLATED The Globe and Mail
527 The Passenger Lisa Lutz My Dayton Daily
528 The Passion of Dolssa Julie Berry The Horn Book
529 The People in the Castle: Selected Strange Stories Joan Aiken Washington Post
530 The Pier Falls and Other Stories St. Lousi Post Dispatch
531 The Power Naomi Alderman The Guardian
532 The Practice Wife Marissa Monteilh Conversations Mag
533 THE PRELAPSARIANS John Gaiserich Huffington Post
534 The Reactive Masande Ntshanga Entropy
535 The Regualrs Georgia Clark Redbook
536 The Restaurant Critic’s Wife Elizabeth LaBan Conversations Mag
537 The Revolutionaries Try Again Mauro Javier Cardenas San Francisco Chronicle 2
538 The Schooldays of Jesus JM Coetzee The Guardian
539 THE SECOND LIFE OF NICK MASON Steve Hamilton Kirkus
540 THE SECRET RECIPE FOR SECOND CHANCES J.D. BARRETT Boomerang Blog
541 The Show House Dan Lopez Chicago Review of Books
542 The Sleeping World Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes Entropy
543 The Sportscaster’s Daughter Cindi Michael Redbook
544 The Stargazer’s Sister Carrie Brown Washington Post
545 The Steel Kiss Jeffery Deaver Conversations Mag
546 The Story of Hong Gildong (translated from the Korean Minsoo Kang) Entropy
547 The Strays Emily Bitto The Bookbag 2
548 The Summer That Melted Everything Tiffany McDaniel My Dayton Daily
549 The Sun Is Also a Star Nicola Yoon The Horn Book
550 THE SUNLIGHT PILGRIMS Jenni Fagan The What List
551 The Survivor’s Guide to Family Happiness Maddie Dawson Conversations Mag
552 The Translation of Love Lynne Kutsukake Bustle
553 The Travelers St. Lousi Post Dispatch
554 The Trees Ali Shaw The Bookbag
555 THE TROPHY OF CHAMPIONS Cameron Stelzer Huffington Post
556 The Trouble with Goats and Sheep Joanna Cannon Caroline County Public Library
557 THE TWO OF US KATHY PAGE The Globe and Mail
558 The Two-Family House Lynda Cohen Loigman Conversations Mag
559 The Ugly Alexander Boldizar Entropy
560 The Unfortunate Englishman Philly
561 The Visiting Privilege Joy Williams The Guardian
562 THE WATCHER IN THE WALL Owen Laukkanen Kirkus
563 THE WIDOWER’S WIFE Cate Holahan Kirkus
564 The Winter Fortress St. Lousi Post Dispatch
565 The Wolf Road Beth Lewis MPR News
566 The Wrong Side of Goodbye Michael Connelly Tampa Bay Times
567 THESE ARE THE NAMES Tommy Wieringa, translated Kirkus
568 Thin Air Michelle Paver The Bookbag 2
569 This Census-Taker China Miéville The Guardian
570 This Must Be The Place Maggie O’Farrell Glamour
571 This Too Shall Pass Milena Busquets Glamour
572 This Was Not the Plan Cristina Alger Conversations Mag
573 Three Daughters of Eve Elif Shafak Good Books Guide
574 Throw Away Girls Jennifer Vaughn Conversations Mag
575 To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party Skila Brown The Horn Book
576 Too Like the Lightning Ada Palmer Chicago Review of Books
577 Truly Madly Guilty Liane Moriarty Goodreads
578 Trust No One Paul Cleave The Spinoff
579 TUESDAY NIGHTS IN 1980 Molly Prentiss Kirkus
580 Under the Harrow Flynn Berry My Dayton Daily
581 Under the Udala Trees Chinelo Okparanta The Undefeated
582 UNDERMAJORDOMO MINOR Patrick Dewitt The What List
583 United States of Japan Book Peter Tieryas Entropy
584 US VS WELKNER Sonny Hayes Huffington Post
585 Veins of the Ocean Patricia Engel Electric Lit
586 VILE MEANS Steve Dimodica Huffington Post
587 Virtuous Deception 2 Leiann B Conversations Mag
588 Vital Signs Tessa McWatt Verso
589 Waking Lions Ayelet Gundar-Goshen The Bookbag 2
590 WALKING THE DOG Elizabeth Swados Kirkus
591 WASTE ANDREW F. SULLIVAN The Globe and Mail
592 WAYWARD HEROES Halldór Laxness, translated Kirkus
593 We Are Unprepared Meg Little Reilly Conversations Mag
594 We Eat Our Own Kea Wilson Entropy
595 We Love You, Charlie Freeman Kaitlyn Greenidge Buzzfeed Books
596 WE SHOW WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED: & OTHER STORIES Clare Beams Kirkus
597 We Want Everything Nanni Balestrini Chicago Tribune
598 WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER AMY JONES The Globe and Mail
599 WEATHERING Lucy Wood NY Times
600 What Alice Forgot Liane Moriarty The Well Read Redhead
601 What Lies Between Us Nayomi Munaweera San Francisco Chronicle 2
602 What was Mine Helen Klein Ross Herald Net
603 Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? Kathleen Collins Publishers Weekly
604 WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR DR. PAUL KALANITHI Verily Mag
605 WHEN IT RAINED AT HEMBRY CASTLE Meredith Allard Huffington Post
606 When the Sea Turned to Silver written and illustrated Grace Lin The Horn Book
607 Where We Fall Rochelle B Conversations Mag
608 Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone Sequoia Nagamatsu Entropy
609 Whiskey, Etc. Sherrie Flick Entropy
610 White Nights in Split Town City Annie DeWitt Largehearted Boy
611 WILD AT WHISKEY CREEK Julie Anne Long Kirkus
612 Wild Things Jaimee Wriston Colbert Brian Fanelli
613 Wilde Lake Laura Lippman Washington Post
614 WILLEM DE KOONING’S PAINTBRUSH KERRY LEE POWELL The Globe and Mail
615 Winter Christopher Nicholson Washington Post
616 Women’s Voices Rebekah S Conversations Mag
617 Wonderland Sam Ligon Entropy
618 Work Like Any Other Virginia Reeves Book Chase
619 Write to Die Charles Rosenberg Conversations Mag
620 YIDDISH FOR PIRATES GARY BARWIN The Globe and Mail
621 YOU CAN’T TOUCH MY HAIR Phoebe Robinson Bookriot
622 You May See a Stranger Paula Whyman Chicago Review of Books
623 You Should Pity Us Instead Amy Gustine San Francisco Chronicle 2
624 YOU WILL KNOW ME Megan Abbott Kirkus
625 You’re The One I Want Shane Allison Conversations Mag
626 Zama Antonio Di Benedetto, trans. from the Spanish by Esther Allen Publishers Weekly

 



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Bookriot HERE YOU HAVE IT! BOOK RIOT’S FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2016.
Boomerang Blog The Best Books of 2016
Boston Globe Best books of 2016
Brian Fanelli 2016 Recap/Best Of
Bustle 13 Of The Best Debut Novels Of 2016
Buzzfeed Books The 24 Best Fiction Books Of 2016
Caroline County Public Library Our Favorite Books of 2016
CBA Best Books of 2016
Chicago Review of Books The Best Fiction Books of 2016
Chicago Tribune Best books of 2016
Conversations Mag Conversations Top 50 Fiction Books of 2016
Dallas Voice Holiday Gift Guide: Reading list!
Electric Lit Electric Literature’s 25 Best Novels of 2016
Englewood Review Englewood Honor Books – Best Books of 2016
Entropy BEST OF 2016: BEST FICTION BOOKS
Flavorwire The Year in Books: The 15 Best Books of 2016
Glamour The 10 best novels of 2016
Good Books Guide 100+ Literary Favourites of 2016
Goodreads BEST FICTION
Herald Net Best books of 2016: Adult fiction and graphic novels
Hudson Booksellers Best Books of 2016
Huffington Post The Best Self-Published Books of 2016
Image 5 Of The Best Books Of 2016
Kirkus BEST FICTION OF 2016
Largehearted Boy Favorite Novels of 2016
Modern Mrs. Darcy My favorite books of 2016
MPR News Best books of 2016 to give — and receive: Fiction favorites
My Dayton Daily Favorite fiction titles from 2016
NY Times Fiction & Poetry
Passionate Foodie My Favorite Fiction of 2016, From Novels to Anthologies
Paste The Best Books of 2016: Novels
Philly Best books of 2016: Our staff picks
Publishers Weekly Best Fiction
Readings The best fiction books of 2016
Redbook The 20 Best Books of 2016
Ripr Scott MacKay’s Favorite Books of 2016
San Francisco Chronicle Top 10 books of 2016
San Francisco Chronicle 2 Best of 2016: 100 recommended books
Seattle Times The best books of 2016, from our critics
Shelf Awareness Our 2016 Best Books of the Year
St. Lousi Post Dispatch The Best Books of 2015
Star Tribune The 50 Best Books For Holiday Giving
Tampa Bay Times Colette Bancroft’s 10 favorite books of 2016
The Bookbag Top Ten General Fiction Books of 2016
The Bookbag 2 Top Ten Literary Fiction Books of 2016
The Denver Post Best books of 2016: The fiction we loved
The Economist Books of the Year 2016
The Globe and Mail Best Books of the Year
The Guardian The best fiction of 2016
The Horn Book Horn Book Fanfare
The Huffington Post The 18 Best Fiction Books Of 2016
The Spinoff The Spinoff Review of Books presents the 20 best fiction books of 2016
The Undefeated NEW BEGINNINGS: THE FRESHEST BOOKS OF 2016
The Well Read Redhead The Well-Read Redhead’s Best Books of 2016!
The What List Top 20 Fiction Books of 2016 (so far)
Time The Top 10 Novels
Twin Cities For the book lovers on your list, 21 picks from this year’s best
Verily Mag 10 GREAT BOOKS FROM 2016 THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
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