Top 10 Best Books Of 2016
Top 10 Best Books Of 2016
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City By Matthew Desmond
Desmond captivates readers by his description of the brutal world Lamar and many others are trapped in while their captors thrive off of them. Where landlords have all the power and tenants bear the brunt. He beautifully tells the story of the devastation of substandard housing in America and the lengths people will go to feed their families. It will be impossible to think about poverty without solving the role of housing.
Commonwealth By Ann Patchett
The book starts with an illicit kiss at a Christening party that changes everything. It brings together a beautiful, overwhelmed mother of two and an affably selfish father of two boys and girls. Follow the lives of these six children as they adjust to their blended family and living their own lives. Patchett does a great job of documenting their lives for the next 50 years.
Swing Time By Zaddie Smith
This novel is a blend of modern culture and timeless themes. We follow two girls from when they are growing up in the poorer parts of London, clutching onto their dreams of fame, success and breaking free of racial stereotyping. Smith travels back and forth in time, telling the story of the divergent paths of these childhood friends.
The Underground Railroad By Colson Whitehead
Whitehead's novels are intrinsically rebellious. It breaks through the confines of its predecessor in its language, area if interest and structure. He captures the slave story in his novel in a striking and imaginative way. Whitehead imagines that the system of safe houses and surreptitious routes used to smuggle slaves fleeing north was an actual railroad. The story follows Cora as she runs from a plantation in Georgia, through a culture that objectifies African Americans.
The Trespasser By Tana French
This novel begs that crime fiction be taken seriously, with its captivating storyline and flow. It brings back the two young detectives from The Secret Place to investigate the murder of a young woman found in her home.
The Gene: An Intimate History By Siddhartha Mukherjee
Since time immemorial, people have recognized that parents transmit something to their children. Some sort of "likeness", is passed down the generations. Siddhartha explores this phenomenon by evaluating two narratives: the history of what we know and that of the uses and abuses of our discoveries. He acknowledges the undeniable tension between those who want to understand genetics and those who want to apply such knowledge, without simply judging which is right or wrong
News of the World By Paulette Jiles
Jiles has a way of bringing the natural world to life in her books. An old man, content with his job as an itinerant news reader in Texas is tasked with a more difficult mission. A white girl, about ten years old has to be returned to her closest living relatives. Four years earlier, she had been kidnapped by the Kiowa Indians who killed her immediate family. She is stubborn, doesn't speak a word of English and won't even respond to the name Kidd has given her – Johanna. Read about their journey together and the close bond they develop, knowing that a happy ending is impossible.
The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between By Hisham Matar
This novel will have you enjoying beautiful prose, thoughtful, philosophical content about a son's relationship with an absent father, a view of dictatorship and a memoir of the effect of politics on people's lives.
The Vegetarian By Han Kang, Translated by Deborah Smith
Han's unsettling novel, sways between domestic thriller and transformable parable as a man's seemingly ordinary housewife becomes a vegetarian after a horrific dream.
War and Turpentine By Stefan Hertmans, Translated by David McKay.
Inspired by his grandfather's notebooks, Hertmans writes about memory, art, war and love, reminiscent of his grandfather, a painter serving in the Belgian Army.