It's here! Our annual Best of the Year list is back; and what a year it was. We've been swept away by Nora Roberts, challenged by Ta-Nehisi Coates and enlightened by Jenny Lawson. See which books rose to the top.
Of all the books I've read this year, Bill Clegg's characters have stayed with me the longest. Each chapter mysteriously pieces together a single tragic event. It is told from the different points of view of a cast of flawed, but resonating characters that will stay with you long after you finish the last page.
Written in the form of a deeply personal letter from a father to a son about coming to terms with racism in the world today, this book remains honest and provoking throughout. It is a powerful memoir of Coates' childhood and early days as a writer, revealing the underlining ways in which race affected these events.
Set in a future that feels too close for comfort, Claire Vaye Watkins imagines a dystopian California eradicated by drought. The imagery and themes of environmental destruction are utterly bewitching, cruelly vivid, and left us simultaneously hopeful and terrified. This book is brilliant and packed with ideas.
This is a beautifully written story of hope, sacrifice and family, told through the eyes of a migrant boy on his journey to a new life. Never timelier, families around the world should read this together to understand what it is really like to leave everything and everyone you know behind, simply to stay alive.
A staff favorite at Kobo and astonishing debut novel, City on Fire connects the varied stories of punks, bankers, cops, writers and teens in 1970s New York City. The themes of love and betrayal are unforgettable and the dream-like quality of the writing will completely hook you. Hallberg is one to watch.