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"Best Of" 2016 Lists

This is the time of year when “Best Of” lists are everywhere. These annual roundups always seem to spark lively discussions among readers as they reflect on their favorite books of the year. Although we at don’t have a “Best Of” list of our own, we’ve compiled a number of them for you here. See which of your top picks appear on these lists and which titles you feel should've been included but weren't. Perhaps you’ll even find some books to add to your reading list as we head into the new year! Reviewers Pick Their Favorite Books of 2016

Recently we asked our reviewers to provide us with a list of some of their favorite books from 2016. Included is a mix of fiction and nonfiction titles, all published this year. Take a moment to read these varied lists of titles and see if you agree with their selections! Please note that due to personal and professional commitments, some reviewers were not able to participate in this feature.

2017 Pulitzer Prizes

The 101st annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters, Drama and Music, awarded on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize Board, have been announced.

Week of January 29, 2018

Paperback releases for the week of January 29th include THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, which chronicles a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South; Jo Nesbø's THE THIRST, in which Inspector Harry Hole hunts down a serial murderer who targets his victims...on Tinder; A PIECE OF THE WORLD, Christina Baker Kline's novel of friendship, passion and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious and iconic painting Christina’s World; and THE STRANGER IN THE WOODS by Michael Finkel, the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years --- not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own.

Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood --- where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned --- Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.