Amazon Best of 2016 Picks

The editors of Amazon have selected their top picks for 2016 in literature, fiction, mystery, thriller, suspense, romance, cookbooks, children’s, and more!

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The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
National Book Award Winner and #1 New York Times bestselling author Colson Whitehead writes a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.

The Wolf Road – Beth Lewis
An intimate cat-and-mouse tale of revenge and redemption, played out against a vast, unforgiving landscape told by an indomitable young heroine fighting to escape her past and rejoin humanity.

Hillbilly Elegy – J.D. Vance
From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class.

Mischling – Affinity Konar
A superbly crafted story, told in a voice as exquisite as it is boundlessly original, Mischling defies every expectation, traversing one of the darkest moments in human history to show us the way toward ethereal beauty, moral reckoning, and soaring hope.

Lab Girl – Hope Jahren
An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science, a moving portrait of a longtime friendship, and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world

Another Brooklyn – Jacqueline Woodson
Heartbreakingly illuminates the formative time when childhood gives way to adulthood and exquisitely renders a powerful, indelible, and fleeting friendship that united four young lives.

Before the Fall – Noah Hawley
On a foggy summer night, eleven people depart Martha’s Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul’s family.

Swing Time – Zadie Smith
Two brown girls dream of being dancers, but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free.

Moonglow – Michael Chabon
A novel of truth and lies, family legends, and existential adventure—and the forces that work to destroy us.

A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles
A transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel

Girls & Sex – Peggy Orenstein
Peggy Orenstein offers a clear-eyed picture of the new sexual landscape girls face and reveals how they are negotiating it.

Dark Matter – Blake Crouch
A brilliantly plotted tale that is a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.

The Gene – Siddhartha Mukherjee
A magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future. What becomes of being human when we learn to “read” and “write” our own genetic information?



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