It’s not even November yet but the end-of-year-list season seems to be upon us already. Publishers Weekly just released their annual best book list. It features 150 titles in categories from fiction and poetry, to nonfiction and comics. They also rank the year’s best children’s and young adult books. The entire list is viewable on the Publishers Weekly website.
The overall top ten for 2016 includes:
Annie Proulx’s Barkskins, an epic novel about the taking down of the world’s forests; What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell, the story of a male prostitute and an American teacher in Bulgaria; Blood in the Water, Heather Ann Thompson’s account of the 1971 Attica Prison Uprising; Evicted by socialogist Matthew Desmond who explores the impact of eviction on poor families in Milwaukee; Frances Wilson’s Guilty Thing, a biography of the 19th century writer, Thomas De Quincey; A Kingdom of Their Own, foreign corresponent Joshua Partlow’s exploration of America’s entanglement with Afghanistan; Ninety-Nine Stories of God by Joy Williams with a title that tells you what you need to know; Secondhand Time, Svetlana Alexievich’s bleak document of the last days of the Soviet Union; The Vegetarian by Han Kang, winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize; and of course, Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad.