What are the best NY Times notable books of 2016?

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    #1The Underground Railroad

    The Underground Railroad

    The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead is a historical fiction novel originally published in August 2016. This book won the National Book Award for Fiction, Goodreads Choice Awards for Historical Fiction, and Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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    Ai Xu
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This is a fantastic book, and I am satisfied with it as a result of my query. It is recent and critically-acclaimed, and I would recommend it as well."
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    #2Homegoing

    Homegoing

    Homegoing is a young adult, coming-of-age, drama novel written by Yaa Gyasi. It was the debut novel of the author but it won the 2016 NYT Notable Book, NPR Debut Novel of the Year, Times' Top 10,  and a 2017 Hemingway award.

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    Gary Elliott
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Very seems to be young adult drama one of it"
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    #3Before the Fall

    Before the Fall
    Before the Fall by Noah Hawley is a mytery fiction and suspense-thriller novel originally published in May 2016. This book is an Edgar Award for Best Novel winner. It was also nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards.
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    #4Do Not Say We Have Nothing

    Do Not Say We Have Nothing

    Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien is a historical fiction novel originally published in May 2016. This book is a Giller Prize Awards winner. It was also nominated for the Booker Prize.

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    Vincent Adams
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I didn't know this author but I decided to give her a try. It was a good read, just not the best. I would recommend this if there's just not anything else out there. You can probably do better, though."
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    #5Here I Am

    Here I Am

    Here I Am is a novel written by Jonathan Safran Foer and it was first published in September 2016 by the Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. This book was preceded by Tree of Codes which was released in 2010.

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    Óscar Suárez
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "One of the best NY Times notable books of 2016 is Here I Am is a novel written by Jonathan Safran Foer and it was first published in September 2016 by the Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. I liked it because it made me think about religion in a different way."
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    #6Moonglow

    Moonglow

    Moonglow is an urban fiction memoir novel written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Michael Chabon. This book was originally published by Harper publisher in November 2016.

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    Edward Sanchez
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Of all the books on the New York Times Notable Books of 2016 list, Moonglow was my favorite. I loved the story and all the characters in it. Definitely check it out."
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    #7Grief is the Thing with Feathers

    Grief is the Thing with Feathers

    Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter is a literary fiction novel published in 2015. This book was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award. It tells the story of two siblings dealing with the recent death of their mother.

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    Ramiro Ríos
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Grief, laughter, endurance and a sort of repose. This is an amazing study of grief told in real terms. A good book but it isn't something memorable so not notable in my book."
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    #8The Association of Small Bombs

    The Association of Small Bombs

    The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan is a literary fiction novel originally published in March 2016 by the Viking Press. This book was nominated for the National Book Award for Fiction.

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    Thomas Tran
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I love reading fiction set in India like this one. But it’s tale of a Delhi bombing and the lives involved is both personal and large. It’s written very well but sometimes the writer seems to be more into the writing than the story. In the end, the story does win, I’m glad to say."
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    #9Zero K

    Zero K

    Zero K is a science fiction novel written by Don DeLillo. Published by Scribner on May 3, 2016, Zero K is a novel about a billionaire who's trying to preserve his dying wife and the questions to humanity that this action poses.

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    Pamela Stevens
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Zero K isn't just concerned about his billion dollars but deeply cares for his dying wife says a lot of good about him."
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    #10The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between

    The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between

    The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar is an autobiography novel originally published in June 2016. This book is a Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography and the Jean Stein Book Award winner.

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    Alexander Weaver
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "When researching NY Times notable books of 2016, I discovered "The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between". This become makes it so apparent that the strengths of family and especially the father-son relationship can be the backbone of success. Here we see the application with an immigrant family that is timely for today's world."
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    #11The Vegetarian

    The Vegetarian

    The Vegetarian by Han Kang is a contemporary literary fiction novel originally published in October 2007. This book was translated into English by Deborah Smith. It won the Man Booker International Prize awards.

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    Andrea Snyder
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "You could read this probably in one sitting, but as for me, it took forever. Really couldn't get through most of it, but I made myself anyway. I don't know why this book won any awards. It's uninteresting,it has horrific scenes, and it's just plain dull. It makes a good paper weight."
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    #12The North Water

    The North Water

    The North Water by Ian McGuire is a fiction novel originally published in February 2016. This book focuses on the bloody and ruthless killing of whales in the waters of the North. It won the Chicago Tribune Best Books of the Year 2017.

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    Samuel Hunt
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I read this last year and it's one of the most notable books of 2016 from the New York Times. It was on the list for 10 best books of the year and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize. It's a novel about whaling in the 19th century, very engrossing."
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    #13Evicted

    Evicted
    Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond is a nonfiction book originally published in March 2016. This book won the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award and Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 2017.
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    Matthew Long
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Evicted is a look at poor Americans. The book is not as interesting as it seems. It also has an extremely liberal bias."
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    #14When Breath Becomes Air

    When Breath Becomes Air
    When Breath Becomes Air is a non-fiction book written by Paul Kalanithi. This memoir is about the transformation of the author from being a medical student to becoming a patient and a father. This was originally published in 2016.
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    Jacqueline Cruz
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The experience of a doctor who became a patient with a terminal illness is unique and moving. Sad, but highly recommended."

Summary

Best What are the best NY Times notable books of 2016
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Underground RailroadBooks 34 Paid
2HomegoingBooks 31 Paid
3Before the FallBooks 29 Paid
4Do Not Say We Have NothingBooks 26 Paid
5Here I AmBooks 25 Paid
6MoonglowBooks 24 Paid
7Grief is the Thing with FeathersBooks 22 Paid
8The Association of Small BombsBooks 19 Paid
9Zero KBooks 16 Paid
10The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in BetweenBooks 11 Paid
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