NYT Notables

2016 Best Books

2016 Notable Books
All That Man Is by David Szalay
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson (4.5 stars)
The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan
Barkskins by Annie Proulx
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
Black Water by Louise Doughty
Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett (5 stars)
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo  by Boris Fishman
End of Watch by Stephen King
Everybody's Fool by Richard Russo
The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies
A Gambler's Anatomy by Jonathan Lethem
The Gloaming by Melanie Finn
Grief Is the Thing With Feathers by Max Porter (4 stars)
Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Hot Milk by Deborah Levy (3.5 stars)
Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabo
LaRose by Louise Erdrich
The Life-Writer by David Constantine
The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien
The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay
Mischling by Affinity Konar
Mister Monkeyby Francine Prose
Moonglow by Michael Chabon
The Mortifications by Derek Palacio
My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (4.5 stars)
Ninety-Nine Stories of God by Joy Williams
The Nix by Nathan Hill
The North Water by Ian McGuire
Nutshell by Ian McEwan
Reputations by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan
Still Here by Lara Vapnyar
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Valiant Gentleman by Sabina Murray
The Vegetarian by Han Kang (4 stars)
War and Turpentine by Stefan Hertmans
Weathering by Lucy Wood (3 stars)
Zero K by Don DeLillo


2015 Best Books
The Door by Magda Szabo
A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin
Outline by Rachel Cusk (4.5 stars)
The Sellout by Paul Beatty (3.5 stars)
The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante

2015 Notable Books
Beatlebone by Kevin Barry
The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips
Beauty Is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg
The Complete Stories by Clarice Inspector
Delicious Foods by James Hannaham
Dragonfish by Vu Tran
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (5 stars)
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemison
Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years by Thomas Mallon
The First Bad Man by Miranda July
The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma
Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson
God Help the Child by Toni Morrison (3.5 stars)
Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonders by Juliana Baggot
Here by Richard McGuire (5 stars)
The Hollow Land by Jane Gardam
Honeydew by Edith Pearlman
How to Be Both by Ali Smith (5 stars)
The Incarnations by Susan Barker
Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
The Love Object by Edna O'Brien
Loving Day by Mat Johnson
Man at the Helm by Nina Stibbe
The Mare by Mary Gaitskill
The Merseult Investigation by Kamel Daoud
Mislaid by Nell Zink (4 stars)
My Struggle Book 4 by Karl Ove Knausgaard
Night at the Fiestas by Kristin Valdez
Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish
Purity by Jonathan Franzen
The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli (3.5 stars)
Submission by Michel Houellebecq
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann
The Truth and Other Lies by Sascha Arango
The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
The Turner House by Angela Flournoy (4 stars)
Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar
The Visiting Privilege by Joy Williams
The Whites by Harry Brandt (3 stars)

2014 Best Books
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (4.5 stars)
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill (4 stars)
Euphoria by Lily King (5 stars)
Family Life by Akhil Sharma (4 stars)
Redeployment by Phil Klay (4 stars)

2014 Notable Books
All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu
All The Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld (3 stars)
American Innovations by Rivka Galchen
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel (3.5 stars)
The Ballad of a Small Player by Lawrence Osborne
Bark by Lorrie Moore
The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt (4 stars)
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez (4 stars)
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
Can't and Won't by Lydia Davis
The Cold Song by Linn Ullmann
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
The Dog by Joseph O'Neill (3 stars)
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (4 stars)
F by Daniel Kehlmann
Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride (3.5 stars)
I Pity the Poor Immigrant by Zachary Lazar
The Laughing Monsters by Denis Johnson
Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel by Anya Ulinich (4.5 stars)
Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford
Lila by Marilynne Robinson (2.5 stars)
Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 by Francine Prose
The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman
The Moor's Account by Laila Lalami (3.5 stars)
My Struggle. Book 3: Boyhood by Karl Ove Knausgaard
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
Nora Webster by Colm Toibin (4 stars)
Panic in a Suitcase by Yelena Akhtiorskaya
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnson
A Replacement Life by Boris Fishman
Song of the Shank by Jeffery Renard Allen
10:04 by Ben Lerner (5 stars)
Thirty Girls by Susan Minot (4.5 stars)
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante
The Wallcreeper by Nell Zink (4 stars)
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
When Mystical Creatures Attack! by Kathleen Founds (5 stars)

2013 Best Books
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (3 stars)
Tenth of December by George Saunders

2013 Notable Books
The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates
All That Is by James Salter
Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon
Children Are Diamonds by Edward Hoagland
The Circle by Dave Eggers
Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat
The Color Master by Aimee Bender
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
The Dinner by Herman Koch
Dirty Love by Andre Dubus III
Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Duplex by Kathryn Davis
The End of the Point by Elizabeth Graver (5 stars)
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
A Guide to Being Born by Ramona Ausubel
Half the Kingdom by Lore Segal
I Want to Show You More by Jamie Quatro
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer
The Infatuations by Javier Marias
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
Local Souls by Allan Gurganus
Longbourn by Jo Baker
Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rakoff
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood
A Marker to Measure Drift by Alexander Maksik
Schroder by Amity Gaige
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Someone by Alice McDermott
The Son by Philipp Meyer
The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
Submergence by J.M. Ledgard
Subtle Bodies by Norman Rush
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis (4 stars)
The Two Hotel Francforts by David Leavitt
The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
Want Not by Jonathan Miles
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (5 stars)
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (3.5 stars)
Woke Up Lonely by Fiona Maazel
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud (5 stars)

2012 Best Books
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Building Stories by Chris Ware
A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
NW by Zadie Smith
The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers (4.5 stars)

2012 Notable Books
Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
Almost Never by Daniel Sada
An American Spy by Olen Stienhauer
Arcadia by Lauren Groff (5 stars)
At Last by Edward St. Aubyn
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (4.5 stars)
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain (4 stars)
Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie
The Book of Mischief by Steve Stern
By Blood by Ellen Ullman
Canada by Richard Ford
Carry the One by Carol Anshaw (4.5 stars)
City of Bohane by Kevin Barry
Dear Life by Alice Munro
The Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle
Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver (4 stars)
Fobbit by David Abrams
The Forgetting Tree by Tatjana Soli (4 stars)
Gathering of Waters by Bernice McFadden
Gods Without Men by Hari Kunzru
HHhH by Lauren Binet
Home by Toni Morrison (4.5 stars)
Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander
How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti (3 stars)
In One Person by John Irving
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
Married Love by Tessa Hadley
Pure by Julianna Baggott
The Right-Hand Shore by Christopher Tilghman
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward (4 stars)
San Miguel by T. Coraghessan Boyle
Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer
Shout Her Lovely Name by Natalie Serber
Silent House by Orhan Pamuk
The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
Swimming Home by Deborah Levy
Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin (4 stars)
This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz (3 stars)
Three Strong Women by Marie NDiaye
Toby's Room by Pat Barker
Watergate by Thomas Mallon
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander

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