Best Books of 2016


I’ve never kept a reading list before, so this is a first. Below consists of all the books I’ve read this past year. That being said, I have only considered books published within the past 16 months for my favorite list.


Martutene – Ramon Saizarbitoria (Hispabooks)

Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates (Spiegel & Grau)

The Family Interrupted – Eloy Urroz (Dalkey Archive)

After James – Michael Helm (Tin House)

Mourner’s Bench – Sanderia Faye (University of Arkansas)


2016 Reading List


MFA v. NYC – ed. Chad Harbach (FSG)

What We Should’ve Known: Two Discussions – Keith Gessen (N+1)

No Regrets: Three Discussions – Sara Marcus (N+1)

Linguistics for Writers – Colleen Donnelly (SUNY Press)

The Quantum Society – Danah Zohar (William Morrow)

The Inventors: A Memoir – Peter Selgin (Hawethorne Books)

The Elements and Pleasures of Difficulty – Mariolina Salvatori and Patricia Donahue (Pearson)

Subculture: The Memory of Style – Dick Hebdidge (Routledge)

Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity – Lawrence Lessig (Penguin)

Crimes of Style: Urban Graffiti and the Politics of Criminality – Jeff Ferrell (Northeastern)

How We Become Posthuman – N. Katherine Hayles (University of Chicago)

Readings from the New Book on Nature: Physics and Metaphysics in the Modern Novel – Robert L. Nadeau

Literary Theory – Jonathan Culler (Sterling)

Architectures of Possibility – Lance Olsen (Guide Dog Books)

Building Great Sentences – Brooks Landon (Penguin)

The Maximalist Novel – Stefano Ercolino (Bloomsbury)

Al Capone: His Life, Legacy, and Legend – Deirdre Bair (Doubleday)

The Craft of Research – Booth, Colomb, and Williams (University of Chicago)


Omensetter’s Luck – William Gass (Penguin)

Under the Volcano – Malcolm Lowry (Penguin)

R.U.R. (Russum’s Universal Robots) – Karel Capek (Penguin)

You or the Invention of Memory – Jonathan Baumbach (Dzanc)

Late One Night – Lee Martin (Dzanc)

Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison (Knopf)

The Soul Standard – Richard Thomas, Nik Korpon, Caleb Ross, Axel Taiari (Dzanc)

Adrienne in the Grotesque Labyrinth – Salvador Espriu (Dalkey)

Galaxies – Barry Malzberg (Anti-Oedipus Press)

Diegeses – D. Harlan Wilson (Anti-Oedipus Press)

My Life as an Animal – Laurie Stone (Northwestern Press)

The Glacier – Jeff Wood (Two Dollar Radio)






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