A Year in Reading Part 2: Nonfiction

2016 Notables

The Reading List for 2016 for nonfiction was also a bit shorter this year, but again there were many exceptional and moving memoirs, essays and exposes on our world, ranging from writing, cuisine, culture and the deep complexity of our shared human lives. Here are several of the favorites that I would recommend you add alongside the fiction of the year to enter these worlds of each vibrant and inviting writer.

 

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In Other Words, by Jhumpa Lahiri – 02/09/16

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My Father, the Pornographer, by Chris Offutt – 02/09/16

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All the Ways We Kill and Die, by Brian Castner – 03/01/16

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Love, Loss and What We Ate, by Padma Lakshmi – 03/08/16

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Life Without a Recipe, by Diana Abu-Jaber – 04/18/16

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Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, by Sebastian Junger – 05/24/16

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In Memory of Bread, by Paul Graham – 06/07/16

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Known and Strange Things, by Teju Cole – 08/09/16

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A Year in Reading Part 1: Fiction

2016 Notables

The Reading List for 2016, while shorter than years past, still opened the covers of many favorites, from welcoming debuts to follow up works from those writers I always chase after. Here are ten of my favorites that I would recommend you add to your own lists, or to consider when browsing the shelves at your local bookstores or libraries.

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A Hard and Heavy Thing, by Matthew Hefti – 01/01/16

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American Housewife: Stories, by Helen Ellis – 01/12/16

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And After Many Days, by Jowhor Ile – 02/16/16

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13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl: Stories, by Mona Awad – 02/23/16

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Sweetbitter, by Stephanie Danler – 05/24/16

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The Girls, by Emma Cline – 06/14/16

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The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead – 08/02/16

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Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue – 08/23/16

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The Mothers, by Brit Bennett – 10/11/16

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Swing Time, by Zadie Smith – 11/15/16

A Year in Reading In Progress

It is nearing that time of year when the heavy hitters start coming out with their top recommendations, must-read, must-buy lists of the best writing to come out in 2016. As always this was another year of remarkable and inventive writing, with collections, novels, epics and debuts emerging from all around the world with shared liveliness and excitement. From the well-known book purveyors of Powell’s, Elliott Bay Bookstore to The Strand and McNally Jackson to my local favorite, Looking Glass Books, the titles were always there hinting at new worlds and stories and lives. Unfortunately, most remain on my own To-Read List, but they remain with renewed purpose and hope.

Over the next few weeks I will be going back over my checklist and selecting a handful of favorites and recommendations. As you reflect on your year of reading, think about which blockbuster debut you had to buy, or that undiscovered collection that startled you or that you held onto even past the due date at the local library so you could finish.

Keep an eye out for these upcoming year-end reads and in the meantime, check out the latest from the New York Times 100 Notables.

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Forthcoming Books in 2016 (September-December) for the To-Read List

Here are the final five books you should keep an eye out for as you check out the new-releases at your local library, bookstore or online shelves:

 

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The Story of a Brief Marriage, by Anuk Arudpragasam – 09/06/16

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A Tree or a Person or a Wall: Stories, by Matt Bell – 09/13/16

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The Mothers, by Brit Bennett – 10/11/16

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Him, Me, Muhammed Ali: Stories, by Randa Jarrar – 10/11/16

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Swing Time, by Zadie Smith – 11/15/16

Bookstores

Found some great newly released titles while browsing the shelves over at the Queen Anne Book Company. Keep an eye out for them at your favorite local bookstore or library!

Here I Am, by Jonathan Safran Foer

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Mischling, by Affinity Konar

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The Summer That Everything Melted, by Tiffany McDaniel

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The Risen, by Ron Rash

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The Nix, by Nathan Hill

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Forthcoming Books in 2016 (May-August) for the To-Read List

Here are six more new books to make sure you keep an eye out for as you walk the shelves at your favorite local reading spots:

 

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Imagine Me Gone, by Adam Haslett – 05/03/16

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Girls on Fire, by Robin Wasserman – 05/13/16

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Barkskins, by Annie Proulx – 06/14/16

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The Girls, by Emma Cline – 06/14/16

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Here Comes the Sun, by Nicole Dennis-Benn – 07/19/16

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Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue – 08/23/16

Forthcoming Books in 2016 (January-April) for the To-Read List

Here are seven highly anticipated new and forthcoming books to keep an eye out for in your local libraries or bookstores:

 

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A Hard and Heavy Thing, by Matthew Hefti – 01/01/16

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The Book of Memory, by Petina Gappah – 02/02/16

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Why We Came to the City, by Kristopher Jansma – 02/16/16

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And After Many Days, by Jowhor Ile, – 02/16/16

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Why They Run the Way They Do, by Susan Perabo – 02/16/16

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What Is Your Is Not Yours: Stories, by Helen Oyeyemi – 03/08/16

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Daredevils, by Shawn Vestal – 04/12/16