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Best of 2016

Best of 2016: Titles That Appear on Multiple “Best” Lists

A partial listing of titles published in 2016 that appeared on multiple year-end “best of” lists as chosen by various newspapers, journals, media outlets and librarians.

You Will Know Me
Megan Abbott

The Throwback Special
Chris Bachelder

The House at the Edge of Night
Catherine Banner

Moonglow
Michael Chabon

The Queen of the Night
Alexander Chee

Everyone Brave is Forgiven
Chris Cleave

The Girls
Emma Cline

Dark Matter
Blake Crouch

The Wonder
Emma Donoghue

American Housewife: Stories
Helen Ellis

Sudden Death
Alvaro Enrigue

LaRose
Louise Erdrich

What Belongs to You
Garth Greenwell

Homegoing
Yaa Gyasi

The Past
Tessa Hadley

Imagine Me Gone
Adam Haslett

Before the Fall
Noah Hawley

The Nix
Nathan Hill

To the Bright Edge of the World
Eowyn Ivey

News of the World
Paulette Jiles

The Vegetarian
Han Kang

Children of Earth and Sky
Guy Gavriel Kay

Association of Small Bombs
Karan Mahajan

The North Water
Ian McGuire

The Sport of Kings
C. E. Morgan

Infomocracy
Malka Older

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours: Stories
Helen Oyeyemi

Commonwealth
Ann Patchett

A Great Reckoning
Louise Penny

Barkskins
Annie Proulx

Everybody’s Fool
Richard Russo

The Mirror Thief
Martin Seay

The Summer Before the War
Helen Simonson

Swing Time
Zadie Smith

My Name is Lucy Barton
Elizabeth Strout

The Nest
Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles

Underground Railroad
Colson Whitehead

Underground Airlines
Ben H. Winters

Another Brooklyn
Jacqueline Woodson

 

NONFICTION

At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Karl Jaspers, Edmund Husserl, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and others
by Sarah Bakewell  142.78 BAK

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
by Nancy Isenberg  305.5 ISE

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
by J. D. Vance  305.562 VAN

Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America
by Patrick Phillips  305.8 PHI

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
by Jane Mayer  324 MAY

March. Book 3
by John Lewis  328 LEW

The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks
by Terry Tempest Williams  333.78 WIL

Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War
by Mary Roach  355.07 ROA

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
by Matthew Desmond  363.585 DES

Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy
by Heather Ann Thompson  365.641 THO

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
by Margot Lee Shetterly  510 LEE

Lab Girl
by Hope Jahren  570 JAH

The Gene: An Intimate History
by Siddhartha Mukherjee  576.5 MUK

When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi  616.99424 KAL

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
by Olivia Laing  700.19 LAI

Kill 'em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul
by James McBride  781.644 MCB

Beethoven for a Later Age: Living with the String Quartets
by Edward Dusinberre  785.7194 DUS

Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South
by Beth Macy  791.35 MAC

You’ll Grow Out of It
by Jessi Klein  792.7028 KLE

Collected Poems: 1974–2004
by Rita Dove  811.54 DOV

Shallcross
by C. D. Wright  811.54 WRI

House of Lords and Commons
by Ishion Hutchinson  811.6 HUT

Look: Poems
by Solmaz Sharif  811.6 SHA

The Black Maria: Poems
by Aracelis Girmay  811.6 GIR

The Road to Little Dribbling
by Bill Bryson  914.1 BRY

Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets
by Svetlana Alexievich  947.086 ALE

City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World's Largest Refugee Camp
by Ben Rawlence  967.73053 RAW

Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, A Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill
by Candice Millard  968.04831 MIL

The Firebrand and the First Lady
by Patricia Bell-Scott  973.917 BEL

Bullies: A Friendship
by Alex Abramovich  979.466 ABR

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
by Ruth Franklin  B JACKSON

What Happened, Miss Simone?: A Biography
by Alan Light  B SIMONE

Born to Run
by Bruce Springsteen  B SPRINGSTEEN

 

Want more? See the exhaustive list of all “Best of 2016 links compiled by Largehearted Boy

 

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