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Best Books of 2016

09/15/2016: 2016 National Book Award Longlist
09/13/2016: 2016 Man Booker Prize Shortlist

1) 4.43
LaRose by Louise Erdrich
331 reviews (384p) May 10, 2016
Amazon Best of Month - Top 10
Amazon Best of the Year So Far
Publisher's Weekly Spring Announcements - Top 10 Literary Fiction
New York Times - Editor's Choice
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2) 4.08
Barkskins by Annie Proulx
480 reviews (736p) June 14, 2016
Amazon Best of Month - Top 10
Amazon Best of the Year So Far
Publisher's Weekly Spring Announcements - Top 10 Literary Fiction
New York Times - Editor's Choice
Washington Post Best of the Year So Far
Economist Reviewed
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3) 3.56
Zero K by Don DeLillo
172 reviews (288p) May 3, 2016
Amazon Best of Month - Top 10
Publisher's Weekly Spring Announcements - Top 10 Literary Fiction
New York Times - Editor's Choice
New York Times - Sunday Book Review Cover
Michiko Kakutani Reviewed
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4) 3.28
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
63 reviews (192p) August 9, 2016
Amazon Best of Month - Top 10
Amazon Best of the Month - Spotlight Pick
Publisher's Weekly Fall Announcements - Top 10 Literary Fiction
New York Times - Editor's Choice
National Book Award Longlist
Indie NEXT List - Month's #1
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5) 3.14
My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
1843 reviews (208p) January 12, 2016
Amazon Best of Month - Top 10
New York Times - Editor's Choice
New York Times - Sunday Book Review Cover
Booker Longlist
TIME Magazine - Best of the Year (So Far)
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Economist Reviewed
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6) 3.12
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
471 reviews (320p) August 2, 2016
Publisher's Weekly Fall Announcements - Top 10 Literary Fiction
New York Times - Editor's Choice
New York Times - Sunday Book Review Cover
Michiko Kakutani Reviewed
National Book Award Longlist
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7) 3.06
The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047 by Lionel Shriver
129 reviews (416p) June 21, 2016
Publisher's Weekly Spring Announcements - Top 10 Literary Fiction
New York Times - Editor's Choice
New York Times - Sunday Book Review Cover
Economist Reviewed
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8) 2.88
The Girls by Emma Cline
1070 reviews (368p) June 14, 2016
Amazon Best of Month - Top 10
Amazon Best of the Year So Far
New York Times - Editor's Choice
Washington Post Best of the Year So Far
Indie NEXT List - Month's #1
Economist Reviewed
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9) 2.83
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
542 reviews (304p) April 5, 2016
Amazon Best of Month - Top 10
Amazon Best of the Year So Far
New York Times - Editor's Choice
Michiko Kakutani Reviewed
TIME Magazine - Best of the Year (So Far)
Washington Post Best of the Year So Far
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10) 2.82
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
437 reviews (320p) June 7, 2016
Publisher's Weekly Best Summer Books - Fiction
New York Times - Editor's Choice
New York Times - Sunday Book Review Cover
Michiko Kakutani Reviewed
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11) 2.77
Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer
42 reviews (592p) September 6, 2016
Amazon Best of Month - Top 10
Publisher's Weekly Fall Announcements - Top 10 Literary Fiction
New York Times - Editor's Choice
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12) 2.73
The Vegetarian by Han Kang
277 reviews (192p) February 2, 2016
Publisher's Weekly Spring Announcements - Top 10 Literary Fiction
New York Times - Editor's Choice
Man Booker International Prize Winner
TIME Magazine - Best of the Year (So Far)
Economist Reviewed
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13) 2.50
The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes
81 reviews (224p) May 10, 2016
Publisher's Weekly Spring Announcements - Top 10 Literary Fiction
New York Times - Editor's Choice
Michiko Kakutani Reviewed
Economist Reviewed
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14) 2.34
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
223 reviews (368p) May 31, 2016
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Michiko Kakutani Reviewed
Washington Post Best of the Year So Far
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15) 2.33
Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millet
66 reviews (256p) May 3, 2016
Publisher's Weekly Spring Announcements - Top 10 Literary Fiction
New York Times - Editor's Choice
National Book Award Longlist
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16) 2.26
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
2169 reviews (400p) May 31, 2016
Amazon Best of Month - Top 10
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Amazon Best of the Month - Spotlight Pick
New York Times - Editor's Choice
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17) 2.19
The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer
263 reviews (336p) February 16, 2016
Amazon Best of Month - Top 10
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Michiko Kakutani Reviewed
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18) 2.16
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
1032 reviews (512p) April 19, 2016
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New York Times - Editor's Choice
Michiko Kakutani Reviewed
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19) 2.13
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
69 reviews (336p) September 13, 2016
Publisher's Weekly Fall Announcements - Top 10 Literary Fiction
New York Times - Editor's Choice
Indie NEXT List - Month's #1
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20) 2.04
Siracusa by Delia Ephron
156 reviews (304p) July 12, 2016
Amazon Best of Month - Top 10
Publisher's Weekly Best Summer Books - Fiction
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21) 2.03
The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay
53 reviews (592p) May 10, 2016
Publisher's Weekly Spring Announcements - Top 10 Literary Fiction
New York Times - Editor's Choice
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22) 2.03
Ninety-Nine Stories of God by Joy Williams
23 reviews (220p) July 12, 2016
Publisher's Weekly Best Summer Books - Fiction
New York Times - Editor's Choice
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23) 1.86
Nutshell by Ian McEwan
41 reviews (208p) September 13, 2016
New York Times - Editor's Choice
New York Times - Sunday Book Review Cover
Michiko Kakutani Reviewed
Economist Reviewed
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24) 1.81
The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
2001 reviews (368p) March 22, 2016
Amazon Best of Month - Top 10
Amazon Best of the Year So Far
Washington Post Best of the Year So Far
Indie NEXT List - Month's #1
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25) 1.75
End of Watch by Stephen King
2359 reviews (448p) June 7, 2016
Amazon Best of Month - Top 10
New York Times - Editor's Choice
Washington Post Best of the Year So Far
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26) 1.71
Mischling by Affinity Konar
38 reviews (352p) September 6, 2016
Amazon Best of Month - Top 10
Amazon Best of the Month - Spotlight Pick
New York Times - Editor's Choice
Michiko Kakutani Reviewed
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27) 1.68
Black Deutschland by Darryl Pinckney
17 reviews (304p) February 2, 2016
New York Times - Editor's Choice
New York Times - Sunday Book Review Cover
TIME Magazine - Best of the Year (So Far)
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28) 1.62
The North Water by Ian McGuire
256 reviews (272p) March 15, 2016
New York Times - Editor's Choice
New York Times - Sunday Book Review Cover
Michiko Kakutani Reviewed
Booker Longlist
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29) 1.60
Innocents and Others by Dana Spiotta
41 reviews (288p) March 8, 2016
Amazon Best of Month - Top 10
New York Times - Editor's Choice
Michiko Kakutani Reviewed
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30) 1.58
A Doubter's Almanac by Ethan Canin
185 reviews (576p) February 16, 2016
Amazon Best of Month - Top 10
Amazon Best of the Month - Spotlight Pick
New York Times - Editor's Choice
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31) 1.54
The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota
88 reviews (496p) March 29, 2016
New York Times - Editor's Choice
Michiko Kakutani Reviewed
Man Booker Prize Finalist
Washington Post Best of the Year So Far
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32) 1.52
Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers
88 reviews (400p) July 26, 2016
New York Times - Editor's Choice
New York Times - Sunday Book Review Cover
Michiko Kakutani Reviewed
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33) 1.47
The Last Painting Of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith
538 reviews (304p) April 5, 2016
Amazon Best of Month - Top 10
New York Times - Editor's Choice
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34) 1.47
Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
442 reviews (432p) May 3, 2016
Amazon Best of Month - Top 10
New York Times - Editor's Choice
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35) 1.47
Good as Gone by Amy Gentry
182 reviews (288p) July 26, 2016
Amazon Best of Month - Top 10
New York Times - Editor's Choice
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36) 1.47
Dodgers by Bill Beverly
134 reviews (304p) April 5, 2016
Amazon Best of Month - Top 10
New York Times - Editor's Choice
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37) 1.47
The Nix by Nathan Hill
99 reviews (640p) August 30, 2016
Amazon Best of Month - Top 10
New York Times - Editor's Choice
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38) 1.47
The Sport of Kings by C. E. Morgan
92 reviews (560p) May 3, 2016
Amazon Best of Month - Top 10
New York Times - Editor's Choice
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39) 1.47
The Heavenly Table by Donald Ray Pollock
90 reviews (384p) July 12, 2016
Amazon Best of Month - Top 10
New York Times - Editor's Choice
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40) 1.47
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
64 reviews (480p) September 6, 2016
Amazon Best of Month - Top 10
New York Times - Editor's Choice
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41) 1.37
What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell
104 reviews (208p) January 19, 2016
New York Times - Editor's Choice
National Book Award Longlist
Economist Reviewed
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42) 1.30
Moonglow by Michael Chabon
8 reviews (448p) November 22, 2016
Publisher's Weekly Fall Announcements - Top 10 Literary Fiction
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43) 1.30
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  reviews (416p) November 15, 2016
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44) 1.29
Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
159 reviews (368p) May 3, 2016
New York Times - Editor's Choice
TIME Magazine - Best of the Year (So Far)
National Book Award Longlist
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45) 1.29
The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan
45 reviews (288p) March 22, 2016
New York Times - Editor's Choice
TIME Magazine - Best of the Year (So Far)
National Book Award Longlist
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46) 1.27
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
46 reviews (336p) March 8, 2016
New York Times - Editor's Choice
TIME Magazine - Best of the Year (So Far)
Washington Post Best of the Year So Far
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47) 1.11
Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa
78 reviews (320p) January 12, 2016
Amazon Best of Month - Top 10
Amazon Best of the Month - Spotlight Pick
TIME Magazine - Best of the Year (So Far)
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48) 1.01
Everybody's Fool by Richard Russo
588 reviews (496p) May 3, 2016
New York Times - Editor's Choice
Washington Post Best of the Year So Far
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49) 1.01
Heat and Light by Jennifer Haigh
66 reviews (448p) May 3, 2016
New York Times - Editor's Choice
Washington Post Best of the Year So Far
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50) 0.99
Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
527 reviews (368p) May 24, 2016
New York Times - Editor's Choice
TIME Magazine - Best of the Year (So Far)
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51) 0.99
The Past by Tessa Hadley
172 reviews (320p) January 5, 2016
New York Times - Editor's Choice
TIME Magazine - Best of the Year (So Far)
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52) 0.96
Hystopia by David Means
21 reviews (352p) April 19, 2016
New York Times - Editor's Choice
Michiko Kakutani Reviewed
Booker Longlist
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53) 0.73
The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
146 reviews (576p) February 2, 2016
New York Times - Editor's Choice
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54) 0.73
Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt
64 reviews (336p) January 5, 2016
New York Times - Editor's Choice
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55) 0.00
The Boat Rocker by Ha Jin
7 reviews (240p) October 25, 2016
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56) 0.00
A Gambler's Anatomy by Jonathan Lethem
  reviews (304p) October 18, 2016
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