Books Read 2016

Kent Haruf, Our Souls at Night

Carl Phillips, Reconnaissance

Rainn Wilson, The Bassoon King

Linda Pastan, Insomnia

Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones

Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend (trans. Ann Goldstein)

Sebastian Faulks, Where My Heart Used to Beat

Lia Purpura, It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful

Elizabeth Strout, My Name Is Lucy Barton

Henri Cole, Nothing to Declare

Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Ellen Prentiss Campbell, Contents Under Pressure: Stories

Paul Yoon, Once the Shore

Alexander Chee, The Queen of the Night

Idra Novey, Ways to Disappear

Elliott Chaze, Black Wings Has My Angel

Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Jung Yun, Shelter

Mona Awad, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

Helen Oyeyemi, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

Fay Wolf, New Order

Katy Simpson Smith, Free Men

Garth Greenwell, What Belongs to You

Michael Dirda, Browsings

Katie Roiphe, The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End

Shirley Barrett, Rush Oh! 

Maylis de Kerangal, The Heart (trans. Sam Taylor)

Jennifer Grotz, Window Left Open

Jeff Zentner, The Serpent King

Ross Gay, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric

Colm Tóibín, Brooklyn

Sara Majka, Cities I’ve Never Lived In

Lindsay Faye, Jane Steele

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Story of Kullervo (edited by Verlyn Flieger)

Jhumpa Lahiri, In Other Words (translated by Ann Goldstein)

Diana Gabaldon, Virgins

JoJo Moyes, Me Before You

Dominic Smith, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

Jordan Zandi, Solarium

Alison Bechdel, Fun Home

Aimee Nezhukumtathil & Ross Gay, Lace and Pyrite

Claire Harman, Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart

Janna Levin, Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space

Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Grant Morrison & Yanick Paquette, Wonder Woman: Earth One, Volume One

Ellen Prentiss Campbell, The Bowl with Gold Seams

Richard Russo, Everybody’s Fool

L. S. Hilton, Maestra

Curtis Sittenfeld, Eligible

Jennifer Stewart Miller, A Fox Appears

Louise Erdrich, LaRose

Alsyon Foster, Heart Attack Watch

Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Mark Beauregard, The Whale: A Love Story

Anne Tyler, Vinegar Girl

Milena Busquets, This Too Shall Pass

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter, Hamilton: The Revolution

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, Saga: Volume 6

Colm Tóibín, On Elizabeth Bishop

Jana Prikryl, The After Party

James S.A. Corey, Leviathan Wakes

J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Patrick Ryan, The Dream Life of Astronauts

Claire-Louise Bennett, Pond

Maxine Kumin, And Short the Season

Angela Palm, Riverine

Li-Young Lee, The Word from His Song

Patricia Smith, Blood Dazzler

Erica Wright, The Granite Moth

Ocean Vuong, Night Sky with Exit Wounds

Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures

Dulce María Loynaz, Absolute Solitude (translated by James O’Connor)

The Best American Poetry 2016, edited by David Lehman (series) and Edward Hirsch (guest)

Ann Patchett, Commonwealth

Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad

Marisa Silver, Little Nothing

Monica Youn, Blackacre

Junot Díaz (editor) and Heidi Pitlor (series editor), The Best American Short Stories 2016

Margaret Atwood, Hag-Seed

Donika Kelly, Bestiary

Jade Chang, The Wangs vs. The World

Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Reputations (translated by Anne McLean)

Brit Bennett, The Mothers

Donika Kelly, Bestiary

Peter Ho Davies, The Fortunes

Sarah Domet, The Guineveres

Billy Collins, The Rain in Portugal

W. S. Merwin, Garden Time

Clare Beams, We Show What We Have Learned

Catherine Pierce, The Tornado is the World

John Gardner, The Art of Fiction

Yona Harvey, Hemming the Water

Simon Armitage, Book of Matches

Galway Kinnell, Body Rags

Zen Cho, Sorcerer to the Crown

Graham Swift, Mothering Sunday