Chicago Public Library Best of the Best: Adults2016

Given by Chicago Public Library

Other Names: Chicago Public Library Adults Best of the Best Books
79 Works 144,761 Books 8,254 Reviews ½ 4.0

"Each year, a team of CPL librarians evaluates the year’s new books and selects the best books for Chicago's adults."

All, Selection (1,179), Top Ten (90), Top 20 (20)
All, 2023 (329), 2022 (99), 2021 (99), 2020 (99), 2019 (100), 2018 (99), 2017 (101), 2016 (79), 2015 (62), 2014 (103), 2010 (1), 2008 (1), 2005 (2), 1998 (1)
November 2023: 2023 Recent

Selection 79

Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets by Svetlana Alexievich2016
Victoria: The Queen by Julia Baird2016
At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Others by Sarah Bakewell2016
The Widow by Fiona Barton2016
The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice by Patricia Bell-Scott2016
The Mothers by Brit Bennett2016
Dodgers by Bill Beverly2016
Morning Star by Pierce Brown2016
His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae by Graeme Macrae Burnet2016
Moonglow by Michael Chabon2016
The Girls by Emma Cline2016
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman2016
Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? Stories by Kathleen Collins2016
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch2016
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond2016
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue2016
In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi2016
Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye2016
The Trespasser by Tana French2016
In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero2016
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi2016
Brighton by Michael Harvey2016
Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett2016
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley2016
The Nix by Nathan Hill2016
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild2016
Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt2016
White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg2016
To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey2016
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren2016
News of the World by Paulette Jiles2016
Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness by Nathanael Johnson2016
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi2016
The Vegetarian by Han Kang2016
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly2016
Mischling by Affinity Konar2016
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh2016
Thus Bad Begins by Javier Marías2016
The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar2016
Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer2016
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue2016
Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul by James McBride2016
The North Water by Ian McGuire2016
The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney2016
The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation by Natalie Y. Moore2016
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee2016
Darktown by Thomas Mullen2016
Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'Neil2016
Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital by David Oshinsky2016
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi2016
The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports by Jeff Passan2016
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett2016
Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America by Patrick Phillips2016
Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter2016
Barkskins by Annie Proulx2016
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach2016
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli2016
The Secrets of Wishtide by Kate Saunders2016
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly2016
The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson2016
Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico's Most Dangerous Drug Cartel by Dan Slater2016
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith2016
Swing Time by Zadie Smith2016
Born to Run: The Autobiography by Bruce Springsteen2016
My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout2016
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien2016
A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas2016
American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin2016
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles2016
All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister2016
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal2016
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race by Jesmyn Ward2016
Miss Jane by Brad Watson2016
Children of the New World: Stories by Alexander Weinstein2016
Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West2016
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead2016
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson2016
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong2016
Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge2016

Top Ten 10


2017(3,151) 2018(3,692) 2019(3,860) 2020(4,049) 2021(3,617) 2022(3,209) 21st century(3,522) adult(3,188) American literature(3,044) audio(3,833) audiobook(8,958) biography(5,540) book club(2,996) contemporary(2,953) crime(3,171) currently-reading(3,277) ebook(10,538) essays(2,973) family(5,599) fantasy(17,512) fiction(73,350) goodreads(4,190) historical(3,088) historical fiction(15,479) history(13,339) horror(4,223) Kindle(10,406) library(4,095) literary fiction(3,417) literature(4,387) memoir(9,210) mystery(9,674) non-fiction(31,379) novel(8,638) own(3,880) poetry(3,440) racism(3,309) read(11,764) romance(4,803) science(7,395) science fiction(13,616) short stories(2,984) signed(3,684) thriller(4,078) to-read(148,276) unread(4,162) usa(4,078) wwii(3,863) young adult(3,908)

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