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

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“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!

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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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36All That Man IsDavid SzalayNY Times
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37Everyone Brave is ForgivenChris CleaveBoomerang Blog
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38Hag-SeedMargaret AtwoodThe Guardian
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39Private CitizensTony TulathimutteBuzzfeed Books
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40ProblemsJade SharmaEntropy
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41The Last Painting of Sara de VosDominic SmithKirkus
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42The North WaterIan McGuireNY Times
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43The Portable VeblenElizabeth McKenzieSt. Lousi Post Dispatch
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44The TrespasserTana FrenchTime
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45The WonderEmma DonoghueKirkus
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46Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of Your FistSunil YapaBustle
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47A GAMBLER’S ANATOMYJonathan LethemNY Times
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48Before The FallNoah HawleyNY Times
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49Grief is the Thing with FeathersMax PorterNY Times
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50Heroes of the FrontierDave EggersHerald Net
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51High DiveJonathan LeeKirkus
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52Lily and the OctopusSteven RowleyGoodreads
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53Modern LoversEmma StraubKirkus
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54Mr. SplitfootSamantha HuntPaste
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55Sweet Lamb of HeavenLydia MilletStar Tribune
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56SweetbitterStephanie DanlerBuzzfeed Books
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57The FortunesPeter Ho DaviesNY Times
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58The Mirror ThiefMartin SeayNY Times
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59The Red CarMarcy DermanskyBuzzfeed Books
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60The SelloutPaul BeattyThe Bookbag 2
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61Alice & OliverCharles BockThe Globe and Mail
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62All The Birds In The SkyCharlie Jane AndersHudson Booksellers
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63Do Not Say We Have NothingMadeleine ThienNY Times
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64Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice (The Austen Project, #4)Curtis SittenfeldGlamour
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65ExposureHelen DunmoreKirkus
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66FaithfulAlice HoffmanSt. Lousi Post Dispatch
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67GraceNatashia DeonEntropy
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68Innocents and OthersDana SpiottaKirkus
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69Margaret The FirstDanielle DuttonEntropy
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70MercuryMargot LiveseyKirkus
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71Miss JaneBrad WatsonWashington Post
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72NicotineNell ZinkElectric Lit
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73ReputationsJuan Gabriel Vásquez. Translated by Anne McLeanKirkus
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74Seeing RedLina MeruaneEntropy
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75Serious SweetA.L. KennedyKirkus
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76TenderBelinda McKeonKirkus
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77The Gardens of ConsolationParisa RezaEntropy
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78The GloamingMelanie FinnEntropy
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79The Golden AgeJoan LondonKirkus
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80The Gustav SonataRose TremainKirkus
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81The Jealous KindJames Lee BurkeDallas Voice
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82The Lesser BohemiansEimear McBrideThe Guardian
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83The MuseJessie BurtonGood Books Guide
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84The PastTessa HadleyWashington Post
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85The Regional Office Is Under Attack!Manuel GonzalesBuzzfeed Books
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86The Sport of KingsC.E. MorganKirkus
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87The Story of a Brief MarriageAnuk ArudpragasamEntropy
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88The Throwback SpecialChris BachelderKirkus
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89The Unseen WorldLiz MoorePublishers Weekly
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90They May Not Mean To, But They DoCathleen SchineGood Books Guide
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91Thus Bad BeginsJavier Marías. Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull CostaThe Guardian
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92War & TurpentineStefan Hertmans. Translated by David McKayGood Books Guide
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93What Is Not Yours Is Not YoursHelen OyeyemiBuzzfeed Books
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94WinteringPeter GeyeGood Books Guide
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9513 Ways of Looking at a Fat GirlMona AwadThe Globe and Mail
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96A Collapse of HorsesBrian EvensonChicago Review of Books
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97A Doubter’s Almanac: A NovelEthan CaninAmazon
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98A Great ReckoningLouise PennyKirkus
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99A Tree or a Person or a WallMatt BellChicago Review of Books
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100All the Ugly and Wonderful ThingsBryn GreenwoodGoodreads
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101Among Strange VictimsDaniel Saldaña ParísEntropy
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102Baby GirlBette Lee CrosbyConversations Mag
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103BlackassA. Igoni BarrettEntropy
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104Carousel CourtJoe McGinniss Jr.Kirkus
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105DaredevilsShawn VestalSeattle Times
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106DARK MATTERBLAKE CROUCHBoomerang Blog
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107Days Without EndSebastian BarryThe Guardian
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108Double TeenageJoni MurphyThe Globe and Mail
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109Eleven HoursPamela ErensEntropy
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110Fields Where They LayTimothy HallinanKirkus
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111Forty RoomsOlga GrushinKirkus
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112Girls on FireRobin WassermanBuzzfeed Books
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113Golden HillFrancis SpuffordThe Guardian
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114Good Morning, MidnightLily Brooks-DaltonChicago Review of Books
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115Heat & LightJennifer HaighWashington Post
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116HoldingGraham NortonThe Bookbag
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117Human ActsHan KangGood Books Guide
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118HystopiaDavid MeansKirkus
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119I LET YOU GOClare MackintoshKirkus
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120I’m Thinking of Ending ThingsIain ReidEntropy
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121INFOMOCRACYMalka OlderKirkus
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122JerusalemAlan MooreKirkus
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123Leave MeGayle FormanCaroline County Public Library
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124LookSolmaz SharifSan Francisco Chronicle 2
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125Losing ItEmma RathboneSan Francisco Chronicle 2
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126Mothering SundayGraham SwiftStar Tribune
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127Mount!Jilly CooperGlamour
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128Multiple ChoiceAlejandro ZambraThe What List
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129My Struggle: Book FiveKarl Ove KnausgaardKirkus
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130Of This New WorldAllegra HydeEntropy
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131Over the Plain HousesJulia FranksChicago Review of Books
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132PatricideD. FoyEntropy
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133Razor GirlCarl HiaasenKirkus
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134Shelter in PlaceAlexander MaksikEntropy
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135Small Great ThingsJodi PicoultGoodreads
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136Some Possible SolutionsHelen PhillipsBuzzfeed Books
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137Some Rain Must FallKarl Ove KnausgaardThe Guardian
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138The Ballad of Black TomVictor LaVallePassionate Foodie
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139The Book of HarlanBernice L. McFaddenConversations Mag
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140The DollhouseFiona DavisConversations Mag
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141The Good LieutenantWhitney TerrellWashington Post
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142The Good PeopleHannah KentReadings
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143The Jungle Around UsAnne RaeffSan Francisco Chronicle 2
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144The Kindness of EnemiesLeila AboulelaShelf Awareness
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145The Last Days of NightGraham MooreWashington Post
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146The Noise of TimeJulian BarnesThe Guardian
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147The Seed CollectorsScarlett ThomasKirkus
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148The Summer Before the WarHelen SimonsonWashington Post
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149The SympathizerViet Thanh NguyenThe Guardian
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150The TerranautsTC BoyleTwin Cities
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151The Veins of the OceanPatricia EngelEntropy
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152The Woman in Cabin 10Ruth WareHerald Net
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153The Year of the RunawaysSunjeev SahotaWashington Post
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154The YidPaul GoldbergWashington Post
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155Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally HemingsStephen O’ConnorSeattle Times
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156To the Bright Edge of the WorldEowyn IveyThe What List
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157TransitRachel CuskThe Guardian
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158Valiant GentlemenSabina MurrayNY Times
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159Version ControlDexter PalmerBuzzfeed Books
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16024/7J.A. RockKirkus
16199 Stories of GodJoy WilliamsEntropy
162A Brief History of Seven KillingsMarlon JamesPhilly
163A Briefcase, Two Pies and a PenthouseBrannavan GnanalingamThe Spinoff
164A CERTAIN AGEBeatriz WilliamsKirkus
165A CHANGE OF HEARTSonali DevKirkus
166A Country Road, A TreeJo BakerThe Guardian
167A FINE BALANCERohinton MistryThe What List
168A Friend of Mr. LincolnStephen HarriganBook Chase
169A Guinea Pig Oliver TwistDallas Voice
170A Land More Kind Than HomeWiley CashCaroline County Public Library
171A Man Called OveFredrik BackmanCaroline County Public Library
172A NIGHT WITHOUT STARSPeter F. HamiltonKirkus
173A PROMISE OF FIREAmanda BouchetKirkus
174A Quiet LifeNatasha WalterGood Books Guide
175A SCOT IN THE DARKSarah MacLeanKirkus
176A Sinful CallingKimberla Lawson RobyConversations Mag
177A STUDY IN SCARLET WOMENSherry ThomasKirkus
178A Tangle of Gold [Colors of Madeleine]Jaclyn MoriartyThe Horn Book
179A Touch of StardustKate AlcottCaroline County Public Library
180A Whisper of Southern LightsTim LebbonPassionate Foodie
181Abahn Sabana DavidMarguerite DurasEntropy
182Ace of SpidersStefan MohamedThe Bookbag
183After AtlasEmma NewmanPaste
184AFTER JAMESMICHAEL HELMThe Globe and Mail
185After The CrashMichel BussiCaroline County Public Library
186Age of BlightKristine Ong MuslimChicago Review of Books
187All Day at the MoviesFiona KidmanThe Spinoff
188ALL THAT SANGLYDIA PEROVICThe Globe and Mail
189All the Light We Cannot SeeAnthony DoerrThe Spinoff
190American HousewifeHelen EllisThe Spinoff
191AMERICAN RHAPSODYCLAUDIA ROTH PIERPONTVerily Mag
192An Unattractive VampireJim McDonielHerald Net
193An Unrestored WomanShobha RaoHerald Net
194ANATOMY OF A SOLDIERHarry ParkerThe What List
195Anchor in the StormSarah SundinConversations Mag
196As Brave As YouJason ReynoldsThe Horn Book
197AutumnAli SmithThe Guardian
198Back in the SaddleRuth Logan HerneConversations Mag
199BeastPaul KingsnorthThe Guardian
200Beasts & ChildrenSt. Lousi Post Dispatch
201Beautiful CountryJ.RConversations Mag
202Because of Miss BridgertonJulia QuinnPhilly
203Before the WindJim LynchHerald Net
204Before We Visit the GoddessChitra DivakaruniModern Mrs. Darcy
205Behind Closed DoorsB.A. ParisRedbook
206BevAndrea Williams and Matty RichConversations Mag
207Black DeutschlandDarryl PinckneyEntropy
208BLACK WATERLouise DoughtyNY Times
209BLIND SIGHTCarol O’ConnellKirkus
210Body 2.0Krista Hammerbacher HaapalaRedbook
211Bones of ParadiseJonis AgeeTwin Cities
212BRIGHT, PRECIOUS DAYSJay McInerneyThe What List
213Brush of WingsKaren KingsburyConversations Mag
214Bull MountainBrian PanowichThe Well Read Redhead
215Burn Baby BurnMeg MedinaThe Horn Book
216CallowayCori QuinnConversations Mag
217CAT BORN TO THE PURPLEC.L. FranciscoHuffington Post
218Children of ItalyChristine SimolkeConversations Mag
219CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLDAlexander WeinsteinNY Times
220ChristodoraTim MurphyWashington Post
221Cities I’ve Never Lived InSara MajkaEntropy
222Close Your EyesSt. Lousi Post Dispatch
223COINMANPawan MishraHuffington Post
224COLLECTED POEMS 1950-2012Adrienne RichNY Times
225COLLECTING THE DEADSpencer KopeKirkus
226CONSTANT GUESTSPatricia NedeleaHuffington Post
227Cooked to Death: Tales of Crime and Cookery” edited by Michael Allan Mallory and Rhonda GuillilandTwin Cities
228Cruel Beautiful WorldCaroline LeavittDallas Voice
229Dahlia CassandraNathaniel KressenEntropy
230DARKROOMMary MaddoxHuffington Post
231Dear Mr MHerman KochThe Spinoff
232DEATH’S ENDCixin Liu, translatedKirkus
233Defiant PoseStewart HomeEntropy
234deleted scenes for loversTracey SlaughterThe Spinoff
235Destiny LingersRolonda WattsConversations Mag
236Different ClassJoanne HarrisThe Bookbag 2
237Do Your Om ThingRebecca PachecoThe Well Read Redhead
238DodgersBill BeverlyShelf Awareness
239Dog YearsMelissa YancyEntropy
240DON’T I KNOW YOU?MARNI JACKSONThe Globe and Mail
241DON’T LET MY BABY DO RODEOBoris FishmanNY Times
242Double NegativeIvan VladislavićVerso
243DoubtC.e. TobismanRedbook
244DRACHENBrendan le GrangeHuffington Post
245DRONERobert Roy BrittHuffington Post
246EAST OF MECCASheila FlahertyHuffington Post
247EcholandPer PettersonGood Books Guide
248EDGE THE BARE GARDENRosanne ChengHuffington Post
249EileenOttessa MoshfeghThe Spinoff
250Eliza WaiteAshley E. SweeneyCaroline County Public Library
251Ema, the CaptiveCésar Aira. Translated from the Spanish by Chris AndrewsBoston Globe
252Enchanted IslandsAllison AmendGood Books Guide
253END OF WATCHStephen KingNY Times
254Every Anxious WaveMo DaviauHudson Booksellers
255Every Kind of WantingGina FrangelloEntropy
256Every Woman’s DreamMary MonroeConversations Mag
257Experimental Animals (A Reality Fiction)Thalia FieldEntropy
258FALL FROM GRACETim WeaverKirkus
259FallingJulie CohenThe Bookbag
260Falter KingdomMichael J. SeidlingerEntropy
261FAST TRACK TO GLORYTomasz ChruscielHuffington Post
262Father’s DaySimon Van BooyThe Bookbag 2
263FellJenn AshworthThe Bookbag
264Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, FineDiane WilliamsSan Francisco Chronicle 2
265FIRST KILLRobert Roy BrittHuffington Post
266FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHTSusan Elizabeth PhillipsKirkus
267Fish in ExileVi Khi NaoEntropy
268FixersMichael M. ThomasWashington Post
269FOOL ME ONCEHarlan CobenKirkus
270For a Little While: New and Selected StoriesRick BassSan Francisco Chronicle 2
271For Two Thousand YearsMihail SebastianGood Books Guide
272FORBIDDENBeverly JenkinsKirkus
273Four Reincarnations: PoemsMax RitvoShelf Awareness
274FoxloweEleanor WasserbergGood Books Guide
275FracturedCatherine McKenzieConversations Mag
276Friend of Mr. LincolnSt. Lousi Post Dispatch
277Full of BeansJennifer L. HolmThe Horn Book
278GaijinJordan OkumuraEntropy
279GASLIGHTSTEVEN PRICEThe Globe and Mail
280Gesell DomeGuillermo Saccomanno; translated from the Spanish by Andrea G. Labinger.San Francisco Chronicle 2
281Ghosts of the Tristan BasinBrian McClellanPassionate Foodie
282Ginny GallCharlie SmithWashington Post
283Go Tell It On The MountainJames Baldwin Penguin, 2001 [1953])Verso
284GOD OF THE INTERNETLynn LipinskiHuffington Post
285Goodnight, Beautiful WomenAnna NoyesThe Huffington Post
286Happy People Read and Drink CoffeeAgnes Martin-LugandConversations Mag
287Harmless Like YouRowan Hisayo BuchananThe Bookbag
288HarmonyCarolyn ParkhurstThe Bookbag 2
289HeartbreakerMaryse MeijerChicago Review of Books
290HEAVEN, EARTH OR HELLMaeve NolanHuffington Post
291HECTOR’S HEROIC DAYPatrick JonesHuffington Post
292Hell’s BountyJoe R. Lansdale & John L. LansdalePassionate Foodie
293Here Lies MemoryDoug RiceEntropy
294HERO IN THE HIGHLANDSSuzanne EnochKirkus
295Hidden BodiesCaroline KepnesGlamour
296HIDDEN FIGURESMARGOT LEE SHETTERLYVerily Mag
297HindsightMindy TarquiniRedbook
298His Bloody ProjectGraeme Macrae BurnetThe Guardian
299House of Large SizesIan Graham LeaskTwin Cities
300HOUSE OF LORDS AND COMMONSIshion HutchinsonNY Times
301Hungry HeartJennifer WeinerFlavorwire
302I Hate the InternetJarett KobekVerso
303I 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
304I Will Send RainRae MeadowsBook Chase
305I’ll See You in ParisMichelle GableConversations Mag
306I’ll Tell You in PersonChloe CaldwellFlavorwire
307IDLEWILDJude SierraKirkus
308If I Forget YouThomas Christopher GreeneConversations Mag
309IMPALAAndrew DiamondHuffington Post
310In the Café of Lost YouthPatrick ModianoBoston Globe
311IN THE DARKChris PatchellHuffington Post
312In Twenty YearsAllison Winn ScotchConversations Mag
313Infinite GroundMartin MacInnesThe Guardian
314Ink and BoneLisa UngerThe Bookbag
315IZA’S BALLADMagda Szabo. Translated by George SzirtesNY Times
316Jazz MoonJoe OkonkwoDallas Voice
317Jonathan UnleashedMeg RosoffDallas Voice
318Juana & Lucas written and illustratedJuana MedinaThe Horn Book
319JudasSt. Lousi Post Dispatch
320Justice for JessicaAlretha ThomasConversations Mag
321Kindred: A Graphic Novel AdaptationOctavia E. Butler and Damian Duffy, illustratedThe Undefeated
322KING OF AVERAGEGary SchwartzHuffington Post
323KINGFISHERPatricia A. McKillipKirkus
324KnockoutJohn JodzioTwin Cities
325LadivineMarie NDiaye translatedVerso
326LATE STORIESStephen DixonKirkus
327Leaving Lucy PearAnna SolomonEntropy
328Letters to KevinStephen DixonEntropy
329Lilac GirlsMartha Hall KellyHerald Net
330LIVIA LONEBarry EislerKirkus
331LONERTeddy WayneKirkus
332Losing the LightAndrea DunlopRedbook
333Lovecraft CountryMatt RuffSeattle Times
334MaestraLS HiltonGlamour
335MagicDanielle SteelThe Spinoff
336Makoons [Birchbark House] written and illustratedLouise ErdrichThe Horn Book
337Man and WifeKatie ChaseEntropy
338Manitou CanyonWilliam Kent KruegerDallas Voice
339MARCH: BOOK 3John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate PowellBookriot
340MARRYING WINTERBORNELisa KleypasKirkus
341MASTERS’ MYSTERIUM: LAS VEGASR.R. ReynoldsHuffington Post
342Mattie’s CallStacy CampbellConversations Mag
343MAX AND THE MARAJesse ArnoldHuffington Post
344MAYS LANDINGJ.C. MercerHuffington Post
345Me Before YouJojo MoyesThe Well Read Redhead
346Memoirs of a Polar BearYoko TawadaEntropy
347Men Can Cry TooKenny LConversations Mag
348Miller’s ValleyAnna QuindlenThe Denver Post
349MISSING, PRESUMEDSusie SteinerKirkus
350MISTER MONKEYFrancine ProseNY Times
351Mister MonkeyFrancine ProseSan Francisco Chronicle 2
352MONSTERLANDMichael Phillip CashHuffington Post
353Monterey BayLindsay HattonSan Francisco Chronicle 2
354Moonstone: The Boy Who Never WasSjon and Victoria Cribb (translator)The Bookbag 2
355Morning StarPierce BrownPaste
356Mortal TrashKim AddonizioSan Francisco Chronicle 2
357MOXIE’S DECISIONHank QuenseHuffington Post
358Murder, She TweetsAmy Beth ArkawyConversations Mag
359Music and FreedomZoë MorrisonReadings
360My Name is LeonKit de WaalThe Bookbag
361MYSTERIOUS FRAGRANCE OF THE YELLOW MOUNTAINSYASUKO THANHThe Globe and Mail
362Mysterious Mysteries of the Aro ValleyDanyl McLauchlanThe Spinoff
363Neon GreenMargaret WapplerEntropy
364Night and DayIris JohansenConversations Mag
365Night of the AnimalsBill BrounVox
366Night SchoolLee ChildThe Spinoff
367Night Sky With Exit WoundsOcean VuongSan Francisco Chronicle 2
368Nine IslandJane AlisonPublishers Weekly
369NORTEEdmundo Paz Soldán, translatedKirkus
370NOT SO MUCH, SAID THE CATMichael SwanwickKirkus
371Not WorkingLisa OwensGlamour
372Nothing on EarthConor O’CallaghanThe Guardian
373Novi SadJeff JacksonEntropy
374Oil and MarbleStephanie StoreyHudson Booksellers
375On the EdgeRafael ChirbesEntropy
376ONCE BROKEND.M. HamblinHuffington Post
377One Hundred Twenty-One DaysMichèle Audin, trans. from the French by Christiana HillsPublishers Weekly
378ONLY THE HUNTED RUNNeely TuckerKirkus
379Original CynSylvia Dickey SmithConversations Mag
380Our Young ManEdmund WhiteBoston Globe
381OUTRAGEOUSNeal KatzHuffington Post
382PAPER CASTLESTerri LeeHuffington Post
383Paper GirlsBrian K. Vaughan and Cliff ChiangChicago Tribune
384Paris for One & Other StoriesJojo MoyesDallas Voice
385PeacekeepingMischa BerlinskiWashington Post
386People Who Knew MeKim HooperBustle
387Perfume RiverRobert Olen ButlerWashington Post
388PHILOMENAMark GuineyHuffington Post
389Pieces of HateTim LebbonPassionate Foodie
390Poet of the Wrong GenerationLonnie OstrowConversations Mag
391Potted MeatSteven DunnEntropy
392Precious and GraceAlexander McCall SmithCaroline County Public Library
393Queen of the NightAlexander CheeBuzzfeed Books
394RADIO GIRLSSARAH-JANE STRATFORDVerily Mag
395RAVEN’S PEAKLincoln ColeHuffington Post
396Red HerringJonothan CullinaneThe Spinoff
397ReelTobias CarrollEntropy
398REverybody’s FoolRichard RussoHudson Booksellers
399RICH AND POORJACOB WRENThe Globe and Mail
400RISE THE DARKMichael KorytaKirkus
401RUN RAGGEDKari AguilaHuffington Post
402Run the WorldBecky WadeThe Well Read Redhead
403SalammbôGustave Flaubert, trans. A. J. KrailsheimerVerso
404Saving AbbySteena HolmesConversations Mag
405SCARY OLD SEXArlene HeymanKirkus
406Second House from the CornerSadeqa JohnsonConversations Mag
407Secondhand Time: The Last of the SovietsSvetlana Alexievich. Translated from the Russian by Bela ShayevichBoston Globe
408Secret Lives and Private EyesHeather WeidnerConversations Mag
409SeptimaniaJonathan LeviChicago Review of Books
410SERVANT OF DARKNESSSimon J CambridgeHuffington Post
411SERVANT OF FIRESimon J CambridgeHuffington Post
412SERVANT OF LIESSimon J CambridgeHuffington Post
413ShelterJun YungMPR News
414SHRIVERSJeb KinnisonHuffington Post
415SiracusaDelia EphronPublishers Weekly
416SisiAllison PatakiConversations Mag
417Sister SurrogateLachelle WeaverConversations Mag
418SkylarkingKate MildenhallReadings
419SLEEPING GIANTSSylvain NeuvelBookriot
420SmokeDan VyletaShelf Awareness
421So Much for that WinterDorthe NorsEntropy
422Solar BonesMike McCormackThe Guardian
423Song of SilenceCynthia RuchtiConversations Mag
424Sons and Daughters of Ease and PlentyRamona AusubelSan Francisco Chronicle 2
425Square WaveMark de SilvaEntropy
426STILL HERELara VapnyarNY Times
427STILL MINEAMY STUARTThe Globe and Mail
428STILL THE SAME MANJon BilbaoKirkus
429STRANGERDAVID BERGENThe Globe and Mail
430Suite For Barbara LodenNathalie LégerEntropy
431Summer of the CicadasCole LavalaisThe Undefeated
432SUPER EXTRA GRANDEYoss, translatedKirkus
433SUPERNOVAC.A. HigginsKirkus
434SurveysNatasha StaggEntropy
435SWITCHGeoff VisgilioHuffington Post
436Tailored for TroubleMimi Jean PamfiloffPhilly
437THE ADVENTURISTJ. Bradford HippsKirkus
438The AmateursSara ShepardRedbook
439The Angel of HistoryRabih AlameddineShelf Awareness
440The Annie YearStephanie Wilbur AshTwin Cities
441The Atomic Weight of LoveElizabeth J. ChurchBustle
442The Babysitter At RestJen GeorgeEntropy
443The BeastJ.R. WardPhilly
444The Bed MovedRebecca SchiffThe Huffington Post
445THE BED MOVED: STORIESRebecca SchiffKirkus
446THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLEZOE WHITTALLThe Globe and Mail
447The Best ManRichard PeckThe Horn Book
448THE BEST PLACE ON EARTH: STORIESAyelet TsabariKirkus
449The BirdsTarjei VesaasEntropy
450THE BLACK WIDOWDaniel SilvaKirkus
451The Blackbird SingularityMatt WilvenThe Bookbag 2
452THE BLIND MULERussell S. BabcockHuffington Post
453The Book of Endless SleepoversHenry HokeEntropy
454The Border of ParadiseEsmé Weijun WangElectric Lit
455THE BREAKKATHERENA VERMETTEThe Globe and Mail
456The Brilliant & ForeverKevin MacNeilThe Guardian
457The Burning LightBradley Beaulieu and Rob ZieglerPassionate Foodie
458The Cartel 6Ashley & JaQuavisConversations Mag
459The Cavendon LuckBarbara Taylor BradfordConversations Mag
460The ChimesAnna SmaillShelf Awareness
461The City of MirrorsHudson Booksellers
462The Comet SeekersHelen SedgwickGlamour
463The CosmopolitansSarah SchulmanPublishers Weekly
464THE COUPLE NEXT DOORSHARI LAPENAThe Globe and Mail
465The Course of Love: A NovelAlain de BottomModern Mrs. Darcy
466The Crime WriterJill DawsonGood Books Guide
467The Dark CircleLinda GrantThe Bookbag
468The Dark Flood RisesMargaret DrabbleGood Books Guide
469The Dark Lady’s MaskMary SharrattTwin Cities
470THE DARKEST SIDE OF SATURNTony TaylorHuffington Post
471THE DIARIESChuck DriskellHuffington Post
472The Dog CatcherLloyd JohnsonConversations Mag
473The Dream Life of AstronautsSt. Lousi Post Dispatch
474THE DRYJANE HARPERBoomerang Blog
475The Essex SerpentSarah PerryGood Books Guide
476The EveningsGerard ReveGood Books Guide
477THE FIRE THIS TIME: A NEW GENERATION SPEAKS ABOUT RACEJesmyn WardBookriot
478THE FIREMANJOE HILLBoomerang Blog
479The FishermanJohn LanganElectric Lit
480THE FORTUNATE BROTHERDONNA MORRISSEYThe Globe and Mail
481The Fox Was Ever the HunterHerta Müller. Translated from the German by Philip BoehmBoston Globe
482The German GirlArmando Lucas CorreaDallas Voice
483THE GILDED YEARSKARIN TANABEVerily Mag
484The Girl in the Red CoatKate HamerAmazon
485The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way HomeCatherynne M. ValenteVox
486THE GIRL WHO SLEPT WITH GODVal BrelinskiThe What List
487The GuineveresSarah DometBustle
488The Hand She PlayedSheryl Mallory-JohnsonConversations Mag
489The Heavenly TableDonald Ray PollockMy Dayton Daily
490The Heavens May FallAllen EskensTwin Cities
491THE HIDDEN KEYSANDRÉ ALEXISThe Globe and Mail
492THE HIGH MOUNTAINS OF PORTUGALYANN MARTELThe Globe and Mail
493THE HOUSE AT THE EDGE OF NIGHTCatherine BannerKirkus
494The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog writtenAdam Gidwitz, illustratedThe Horn Book
495THE INSEPARABLESStuart NadlerKirkus
496The Invisible Life of Ivan IsaenkoScott StambachGood Books Guide
497THE KINGDOM OF THE SUN AND THE MOONLowell H. PressHuffington Post
498THE LAST MORTAL BONDBrian StaveleyKirkus
499The Last OneAlexandra OlivaSeattle Times
500The Last Shift: PoemsPhilip LevineSan Francisco Chronicle 2
501THE LAST SUNSETClark Hays and Kathleen McFallHuffington Post
502The Last Wolf & HermanLászló KrasznahorkaiEntropy
503The Lie TreeFrances HardingeThe Horn Book
504THE LIFE-WRITERDavid ConstantineNY Times
505The LightkeepersAbby GeniChicago Review of Books
506THE LONG, HOT SUMMERKATHLEEN MACMAHONThe Globe and Mail
507The Loss of All Lost ThingsAmina GautierThe Undefeated
508The Lost Time AccidentsJohn WrayBuzzfeed Books
509THE LOVED ONESSonya ChungKirkus
510The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047Lionel Shriver.The Economist
511The MarePhilly
512THE MAYNWARINGSDigger CartwrightHuffington Post
513THE MONSTER REALMNara DuffieHuffington Post
514The MortificationsDerek PalacioNY Times
515The MortificationsDerek PalacioBustle
516The MotherYvvette EdwardsThe Undefeated
517The Name on the Door is Not Mine: Stories new and selectedCK SteadThe Spinoff
518The Natural Way of ThingsCharlotte WoodThe Bookbag 2
519THE OBELISK GATEN.K. JemisinKirkus
520THE ODD FELLOWS SOCIETYC. G. BarrettHuffington Post
521The One-in-a-Million BoyMonica WoodModern Mrs. Darcy
522The Orphan KeeperCamron WrightConversations Mag
523The Other SisterDianne DixonConversations Mag
524The Outside LandsHannah KohlerGood Books Guide
525THE PARCELANOSH IRANIThe Globe and Mail
526THE PARTY WALLCATHERINE LEROUX, TRANSLATEDThe Globe and Mail
527The PassengerLisa LutzMy Dayton Daily
528The Passion of DolssaJulie BerryThe Horn Book
529The People in the Castle: Selected Strange StoriesJoan AikenWashington Post
530The Pier Falls and Other StoriesSt. Lousi Post Dispatch
531The PowerNaomi AldermanThe Guardian
532The Practice WifeMarissa MonteilhConversations Mag
533THE PRELAPSARIANSJohn GaiserichHuffington Post
534The ReactiveMasande NtshangaEntropy
535The RegualrsGeorgia ClarkRedbook
536The Restaurant Critic’s WifeElizabeth LaBanConversations Mag
537The Revolutionaries Try AgainMauro Javier CardenasSan Francisco Chronicle 2
538The Schooldays of JesusJM CoetzeeThe Guardian
539THE SECOND LIFE OF NICK MASONSteve HamiltonKirkus
540THE SECRET RECIPE FOR SECOND CHANCESJ.D. BARRETTBoomerang Blog
541The Show HouseDan LopezChicago Review of Books
542The Sleeping WorldGabrielle Lucille FuentesEntropy
543The Sportscaster’s DaughterCindi MichaelRedbook
544The Stargazer’s SisterCarrie BrownWashington Post
545The Steel KissJeffery DeaverConversations Mag
546The Story of Hong Gildong (translated from the KoreanMinsoo Kang)Entropy
547The StraysEmily BittoThe Bookbag 2
548The Summer That Melted EverythingTiffany McDanielMy Dayton Daily
549The Sun Is Also a StarNicola YoonThe Horn Book
550THE SUNLIGHT PILGRIMSJenni FaganThe What List
551The Survivor’s Guide to Family HappinessMaddie DawsonConversations Mag
552The Translation of LoveLynne KutsukakeBustle
553The TravelersSt. Lousi Post Dispatch
554The TreesAli ShawThe Bookbag
555THE TROPHY OF CHAMPIONSCameron StelzerHuffington Post
556The Trouble with Goats and SheepJoanna CannonCaroline County Public Library
557THE TWO OF USKATHY PAGEThe Globe and Mail
558The Two-Family HouseLynda Cohen LoigmanConversations Mag
559The UglyAlexander BoldizarEntropy
560The Unfortunate EnglishmanPhilly
561The Visiting PrivilegeJoy WilliamsThe Guardian
562THE WATCHER IN THE WALLOwen LaukkanenKirkus
563THE WIDOWER’S WIFECate HolahanKirkus
564The Winter FortressSt. Lousi Post Dispatch
565The Wolf RoadBeth LewisMPR News
566The Wrong Side of GoodbyeMichael ConnellyTampa Bay Times
567THESE ARE THE NAMESTommy Wieringa, translatedKirkus
568Thin AirMichelle PaverThe Bookbag 2
569This Census-TakerChina MiévilleThe Guardian
570This Must Be The PlaceMaggie O’FarrellGlamour
571This Too Shall PassMilena BusquetsGlamour
572This Was Not the PlanCristina AlgerConversations Mag
573Three Daughters of EveElif ShafakGood Books Guide
574Throw Away GirlsJennifer VaughnConversations Mag
575To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner PartySkila BrownThe Horn Book
576Too Like the LightningAda PalmerChicago Review of Books
577Truly Madly GuiltyLiane MoriartyGoodreads
578Trust No OnePaul CleaveThe Spinoff
579TUESDAY NIGHTS IN 1980Molly PrentissKirkus
580Under the HarrowFlynn BerryMy Dayton Daily
581Under the Udala TreesChinelo OkparantaThe Undefeated
582UNDERMAJORDOMO MINORPatrick DewittThe What List
583United States of Japan BookPeter TieryasEntropy
584US VS WELKNERSonny HayesHuffington Post
585Veins of the OceanPatricia EngelElectric Lit
586VILE MEANSSteve DimodicaHuffington Post
587Virtuous Deception 2Leiann BConversations Mag
588Vital SignsTessa McWattVerso
589Waking LionsAyelet Gundar-GoshenThe Bookbag 2
590WALKING THE DOGElizabeth SwadosKirkus
591WASTEANDREW F. SULLIVANThe Globe and Mail
592WAYWARD HEROESHalldór Laxness, translatedKirkus
593We Are UnpreparedMeg Little ReillyConversations Mag
594We Eat Our OwnKea WilsonEntropy
595We Love You, Charlie FreemanKaitlyn GreenidgeBuzzfeed Books
596WE SHOW WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED: & OTHER STORIESClare BeamsKirkus
597We Want EverythingNanni BalestriniChicago Tribune
598WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHERAMY JONESThe Globe and Mail
599WEATHERINGLucy WoodNY Times
600What Alice ForgotLiane MoriartyThe Well Read Redhead
601What Lies Between UsNayomi MunaweeraSan Francisco Chronicle 2
602What was MineHelen Klein RossHerald Net
603Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?Kathleen CollinsPublishers Weekly
604WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIRDR. PAUL KALANITHIVerily Mag
605WHEN IT RAINED AT HEMBRY CASTLEMeredith AllardHuffington Post
606When the Sea Turned to Silver written and illustratedGrace LinThe Horn Book
607Where We FallRochelle BConversations Mag
608Where We Go When All We Were Is GoneSequoia NagamatsuEntropy
609Whiskey, Etc.Sherrie FlickEntropy
610White Nights in Split Town CityAnnie DeWittLargehearted Boy
611WILD AT WHISKEY CREEKJulie Anne LongKirkus
612Wild ThingsJaimee Wriston ColbertBrian Fanelli
613Wilde LakeLaura LippmanWashington Post
614WILLEM DE KOONING’S PAINTBRUSHKERRY LEE POWELLThe Globe and Mail
615WinterChristopher NicholsonWashington Post
616Women’s VoicesRebekah SConversations Mag
617WonderlandSam LigonEntropy
618Work Like Any OtherVirginia ReevesBook Chase
619Write to DieCharles RosenbergConversations Mag
620YIDDISH FOR PIRATESGARY BARWINThe Globe and Mail
621YOU CAN’T TOUCH MY HAIRPhoebe RobinsonBookriot
622You May See a StrangerPaula WhymanChicago Review of Books
623You Should Pity Us InsteadAmy GustineSan Francisco Chronicle 2
624YOU WILL KNOW MEMegan AbbottKirkus
625You’re The One I WantShane AllisonConversations Mag
626ZamaAntonio Di Benedetto, trans. from the Spanish by Esther AllenPublishers Weekly

 



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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
Verso Staff Picks: Books of the Year 2016—Chosen by Verso
Vox The 13 best novels of 2016
Washington Post Notable Fiction Books in 2016