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WorkYear
The Netanyahus: An Account of a Minor and Ultimately Even Negligible Episode in the History of a Very Famous Family by Joshua Cohen
2021
Second Place by Rachel Cusk
2021
The Copenhagen Trilogy: Childhood, Youth, Dependency by Tove Ditlevsen
2021
Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge
2021
Heaven by Mieko Kawakami
2021
Intimacies by Katie Kitamura
2021
The Hard Crowd: Essays 2000–2020 by Rachel Kushner
2021
The War for Gloria by Atticus Lish
2021
No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood
2021
Agatha of Little Neon by Claire Luchette
2021
Mona by Pola Oloixarac
2021
Phase Six by Jim Shepard
2021
The Life of the Mind by Christine Smallwood
2021
Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
2021
Harrow by Joy Williams
2021
Enter the Aardvark by Jessica Anthony
2020
The Butterfly Lampshade by Aimee Bender
2020
At Night All Blood Is Black by David Diop
2020
Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America by Maria Hinojosa
2020
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
2020
Red Pill by Hari Kunzru
2020
Something That May Shock and Discredit You by Daniel M. Lavery
2020
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
2020
Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor
2020
A Children's Bible by Lydia Millet
2020
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
2020
What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez
2020
Jack by Marilynne Robinson
2020
Billion Dollar Loser: The Epic Rise and Spectacular Fall of Adam Neumann and WeWork by Reeves Wiedeman
2020
Uncanny Valley: A Memoir by Anna Wiener
2020
Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories by Raphael Bob-Waksberg
2019
Famous Men Who Never Lived by K. Chess
2019
Exhalation by Ted Chiang
2019
Happiness, As Such by Natalia Ginzburg
2019
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
2019
In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado
2019
The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa
2019
The Factory by Hiroko Oyamada
2019
Magical Negro by Morgan Parker
2019
Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
2019
Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss by Margaret Renkl
2019
Women Talking by Miriam Toews
2019
Axiomatic by Maria Tumarkin
2019
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
2019
Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
2019
The Best Bad Things by Katrina Carrasco
2018
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories by Denis Johnson
2018
I Wrote This Book Because I Love You: Essays by Tim Kreider
2018
The incendiaries by R. O. Kwon
2018
Comemadre by Roque Larraquy
2018
Severance by Ling Ma
2018
Circe by Madeline Miller
2018
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
2018
The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch
2018
The Collected Stories of Diane Williams by Diane Williams
2018
The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II by Svetlana Alexievich
2017
Imaginary cities by Darran Anderson
2017
The Last Days of Café Leila by Donia Bijan
2017
Out in the Open by Jesús Carrasco
2017
What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons
2017
21st-Century Yokel by Tom Cox
2017
Why I Am Not A Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto by Jessa Crispin
2017
Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London by Lauren Elkin
2017
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
2017
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
2017
Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction by Grady Hendrix
2017
Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches by John Hodgman
2017
A Separation by Katie Kitamura
2017
The Answers by Catherine Lacey
2017
300 Arguments: Essays by Sarah Manguso
2017
Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh
2017
La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
2017
Idaho by Emily Ruskovich
2017
Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders
2017
Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris
2017
The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit
2017
Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper
2017
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
2017
Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang
2017
Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube: Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North by Blair Braverman
2016
Close Encounters of the Furred Kind by Tom Cox
2016
Dark Matter: A Novel by Blake Crouch
2016
The Babysitter at Rest by Jen George
2016
Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout by Laura Jane Grace
2016
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
2016
Sex with Shakespeare: Here's Much to Do with Pain, but More with Love by Jillian Keenan
2016
But What If We're Wrong? Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past by Chuck Klosterman
2016
Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation by Ken Liu
2016
Based on a True Story: A Memoir by Norm Macdonald
2016
Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements by Bob Mehr
2016
In the Café of Lost Youth by Patrick Modiano
2016
Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst
2016
Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep by Michael Schulman
2016
Born to Run: The Autobiography by Bruce Springsteen
2016
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
2016
Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame by Mara Wilson
2016
Future Sex by Emily Witt
2016
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong
2016
Modern Romance: An Investigation by Aziz Ansari
2015
Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy by Judd Apatow
2015
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir by Carrie Brownstein
2015
Yes: My Improbable Journey to the Main Event of WrestleMania by Daniel Bryan
2015
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon
2015
Made to Kill by Adam Christopher
2015
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
2015
The Good, the Bad and the Furry by Tom Cox
2015
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
2015
1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music by Andrew Grant Jackson
2015
The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen
2015
The Folded Clock: A Diary by Heidi Julavits
2015
The First Bad Man by Miranda July
2015
Leena Krohn: The Collected Fiction by Leena Krohn
2015
Love and Lies: An Essay on Truthfulness, Deceit, and the Growth and Care of Erotic Love by Clancy Martin
2015
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
2015
West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan
2015
The Children's Crusade by Ann Packer
2015
So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
2015
A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
2015
Dr. Mutter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
2014
Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M. Blow
2014
Who We Be: A Cultural History of Race in Post-Civil Rights America by Jeff Chang
2014
Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
2014
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
2014
The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman
2014
Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War by Mark Harris
2014
The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
2014
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
2014
The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery by Sam Kean
2014
The Bone Clocks: A Novel by David Mitchell
2014
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
2014
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
2014
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
2014
Will Not Attend: Lively Stories of Detachment and Isolation by Adam Resnick
2014
Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
2014
The Martian by Andy Weir
2014
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
2013
This Is How You Die by Matthew Bennardo
2013
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
2013
The Childhood of Jesus by J. M. Coetzee
2013
Enon by Paul Harding
2013
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
2013
The Infatuations by Javier Marías
2013
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer
2013
Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon
2013
The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
2013
Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell
2013
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
2013
Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders
2013
Mo' meta blues : the world according to Questlove by Questlove
2013
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
2013
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
2012
The Twelve by Justin Cronin
2012
This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
2012
When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man by Nick Dybek
2012
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
2012
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
2012
May We Be Forgiven by A. M. Homes
2012
Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe
2012
The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King
2012
Back Story: A Memoir by David Mitchell
2012
Home by Toni Morrison
2012
Dear Life by Alice Munro
2012
We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency by Parmy Olson
2012
Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton
2012
Lost Everything by Brian Francis Slattery
2012
"Who Could That Be at This Hour?" (All the Wrong Questions) by Lemony Snicket
2012
By Blood by Ellen Ullman
2012
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
2012
Nothing: A Portrait of Insomnia by Blake Butler
2011
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2011
Open City by Teju Cole
2011
The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright
2011
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
2011
Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier by Edward L. Glaeser
2011
The Magician King by Lev Grossman
2011
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
2011
Pym by Mat Johnson
2011
11/22/63 by Stephen King
2011
The Chitlin' Circuit: And the Road to Rock 'n' Roll by Preston Lauterbach
2011
The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc. by Jonathan Lethem
2011
I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution by Craig Marks
2011
A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
2011
Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories (Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction) by Melinda Moustakis
2011
The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht
2011
Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean
2011
The Map of Time by Félix J. Palma
2011
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
2011
The Pale King by David Foster Wallace
2011
Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music by Rob Young
2011
Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror by Jason Zinoman
2011
The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop by Dan Charnas
2010
The Passage by Justin Cronin
2010
Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India by William Dalrymple
2010
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
2010
Feed by Mira Grant
2010
Father of the Rain by Lily King
2010
Kraken by China Miéville
2010
Oath of Fealty by Elizabeth Moon
2010
The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers by Thomas Mullen
2010
The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst
2010
Life by Keith Richards
2010
The Weekend: A Novel by Bernhard Schlink
2010
Mr Rosenblum's List by Natasha Solomons
2010
The Habitation of the Blessed by Catherynne M. Valente
2010

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