the Year’s Best Books


The Washington Post has released their list of the 100 best books of 2016, as well as the top 10 that they find “exceptionally rewarding,” accompanied by a tasty illustration (above).

The National Book Award winner for fiction, Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, is among the top ten, as well as one of the finalists for the award, Paulette Jiles’s News of the World.

However, it’s the titles that have not yet appeared on other lists that are the most interesting, such as Hisham Matar’s The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between. (PRH/Random House; OverDrive Sample). About the author’s father, a Libyan dissident who was kidnapped and imprisioned when Matar was 19, it is described as “an elegy by a son who, through his eloquence, defies the men who wanted to erase his father and gifts him with a kind of immortality.”

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