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Given by CODES: Notable Books Council

Other Names: ALA Notable Books for Adults, RUSA Notable Books List
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"Since 1944, the goal of the Notable Books Council has been to make available to the nation’s readers a list of 25 very good, very readable, and at times very important fiction, nonfiction, and show more poetry books for the adult reader." show less
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Announced:
January 20: 2024 Recent
WorkYear
Chain Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
2024
Hangman by Maya Binyam
2024
The Reformatory: A Novel by Tananarive Due
2024
Open Throat by Henry Hoke
2024
Biography of X by Catherine Lacey
2024
North Woods by Daniel Mason
2024
The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride
2024
Same Bed Different Dreams: A Novel by Ed Park
2024
In Memoriam by Alice Winn
2024
Y/N: A Novel by Esther Yi
2024
Dearborn by Ghassan Zeineddine
2024
Seeking Fortune Elsewhere by Sindya Bhanoo
2023
Horse by Geraldine Brooks
2023
Trust by Hernan Diaz
2023
Stories from the Tenants Downstairs by Sidik Fofana
2023
The Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty
2023
The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories by Jamil Jan Kochai
2023
What We Fed to the Manticore by Talia Lakshmi Kolluri
2023
Vagabonds! by Eloghosa Osunde
2023
The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka
2023
Elsewhere by Alexis Schaitkin
2023
The Furrows by Namwali Serpell
2023
The Wrong End of the Telescope by Rabih Alameddine
2022
Gordo by Jaime Cortez
2022
Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
2022
Matrix by Lauren Groff
2022
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
2022
The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
2022
Painting Time by Maylis de Kerangal
2022
When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamín Labatut
2022
Hell of a Book by Jason Mott
2022
The Five Wounds by Kirstin Valdez Quade
2022
Afterparties: Stories by Anthony Veasna So
2022
Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
2021
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
2021
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
2021
The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories by Danielle Evans
2021
Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami
2021
Temporary by Hilary Leichter
2021
Deacon King Kong by James McBride
2021
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
2021
Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin
2021
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
2021
Run Me to Earth by Paul Yoon
2021
Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
2020
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
2020
The Innocents by Michael Crummey
2020
Dominicana by Angie Cruz
2020
Everything Inside: Stories by Edwidge Danticat
2020
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
2020
Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine
2020
The Topeka School by Ben Lerner
2020
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
2020
Lanny by Max Porter
2020
Normal People by Sally Rooney
2020
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
2020
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
2020
Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman
2019
Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
2019
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
2019
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
2019
The Mars Room: A Novel by Rachel Kushner
2019
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
2019
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
2019
There There by Tommy Orange
2019
The Overstory by Richard Powers
2019
The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea
2019
Don't Skip Out on Me by Willy Vlautin
2019
Stay with Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀
2018
Days without End by Sebastian Barry
2018
The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash
2018
American War by Omar El Akkad
2018
Here in Berlin by Cristina García
2018
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
2018
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
2018
Human Acts by Kang Han
2018
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
2018
Solar Bones by Mike McCormack
2018
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
2018
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
2018
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
2017
The Nix by Nathan Hill
2017
To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
2017
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
2017
The Unseen World by Liz Moore
2017
The Sport of Kings by C. E. Morgan
2017
Christodora by Tim Murphy
2017
Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter
2017
An Unrestored Woman by Shobha Rao
2017
I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
2017
Missile Paradise by Ron Tanner
2017
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
2017
In the Country: Stories by Mia Alvar
2016
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
2016
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
2016
Delicious Foods by James Hannaham
2016
Black River by S. M. Hulse
2016
Fortune Smiles: Stories by Adam Johnson
2016
The Prophets of Eternal Fjord by Kim Leine
2016
The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories by Anthony Marra
2016
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
2016
This Is the Life by Alex Shearer
2016
The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard
2016
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
2016
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
2015
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
2014
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
2014
Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat
2014
Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See by Juliann Garey
2014
Enon by Paul Harding
2014
The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma
2014
The Dinner by Herman Koch
2014
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
2014
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
2014
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
2014
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
2014
This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
2013
Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
2013
A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
2013
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
2013
Canada by Richard Ford
2013
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
2013
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
2013
The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
2013
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
2013
The Headmaster's Wager by Vincent Lam
2013
One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper
2013
Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins
2013
Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks
2012
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
2012
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
2012
Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman
2012
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
2012
Light Lifting by Alexander MacLeod
2012
The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht
2012
The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje
2012
The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips
2012
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
2012
We the Animals by Justin Torres
2012
Selected Stories by William Trevor
2012
Nashville Chrome by Rick Bass
2011
Room by Emma Donoghue
2011
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
2011
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
2011
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
2011
Next by James Hynes
2011
The Surrendered by Chang-Rae Lee
2011
Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes
2011
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
2011
Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
2011
The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli
2011
The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
2011
The Convalescent by Jessica Anthony
2010
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
2010
The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker
2010
Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon
2010
The Other Hand by Chris Cleave
2010
Spooner by Pete Dexter
2010
Tinkers by Paul Harding
2010
The Vagrants by Yiyun Li
2010
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
2010
A Mercy by Toni Morrison
2010
Generosity: An Enhancement by Richard Powers
2010
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
2010
The Hakawati by Rabih Alameddine
2009
The Wasted Vigil by Nadeem Aslam
2009
Peace by Richard Bausch
2009
City of Thieves by David Benioff
2009
The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
2009
Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen
2009
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
2009
Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories by Steven Millhauser
2009
Resistance by Owen Sheers
2009
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
2009
The Ginseng Hunter: A Novel by Jeff Talarigo
2009
Away by Amy Bloom
2008
Five Skies by Ron Carlson
2008
The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
2008
An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England by Brock Clarke
2008
Finn by Jon Clinch
2008
The Pesthouse by Jim Crace
2008
The Ministry of Special Cases by Nathan Englander
2008
The Five-Forty-Five to Cannes by Tess Uriza Holthe
2008
Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
2008
The Complete Stories by David Malouf
2008
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
2008
Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
2008
Cheating at Canasta: Stories by William Trevor
2008
Beautiful Dreamer: A Novel by Christopher Bigsby
2007
The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
2007
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
2007
The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
2007
The Secret River by Kate Grenville
2007
The Attack by Yasmina Khadra
2007
The Girls by Lori Lansens
2007
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
2007
The People's Act of Love by James Meek
2007
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
2007
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami
2007
Firmin by Sam Savage
2007
The Kite Runner [and] A Thousand Splendid Suns {boxed set} by Khaled Hosseini
2004
The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro
1996
The End of Vandalism by Tom Drury
1995
Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years by Sarah L. Delany
1994
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
1994
Judge On Trial by Ivan Klima
1994
Jazz by Toni Morrison
1993
A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
1993
A Dangerous Woman by Mary McGarry Morris
1992
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
1990
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael Dorris
1987

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