The New York Times announced their Notable Books of 2016, including these 17 Macmillan titles:
Fiction & Poetry
ALL THAT MAN IS by David Szalay
Szalay writes with voluptuous authority about masculinity under duress in this novel in stories.
BLACK WATER by Louise Doughty
Expecting to be assassinated, the hero of this excellent novel grapples with guilt over his actions in Indonesia.
CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by Alexander Weinstein
The terror that technology may rob us of authentic experience—that it may annihilate our very sense of self—is central to this debut collection of short stories.
GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter
A father and his sons struggle with a death in this luminous novel.
HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer
Private and public crises converge for four generations of a Jewish family in this ambitious, often brilliant novel, Foer’s third.
HOT MILK by Deborah Levy
In Levy’s evocative novel, dense with symbolism, a woman struggles against her hypochondriacal mother to achieve her own identity.
HOUSE OF LORDS AND COMMONS by Ishion Hutchinson
Exuberant work from a young Jamaican-born poet who looks to the island’s teeming and fractured past.
LOOK: Poems by Solmaz Sharif
Sharif’s skillfull debut collection draws on a Defense Department lexicon of military terms.
THE NORTH WATER by Ian McGuire — a NYT “10 Best Books of 2016” pick!
In McGuire’s darkly brilliant novel, the crew of a doomed whaling ship bound for the Arctic Circle must reckon with fierce weather, pure evil, and the shadows of Melville and Conrad.
THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan
Three Kentucky dynasties—black, white and equine—converge in this vitally written if melodramatic novel.
WEATHERING by Lucy Wood
This poetic debut novel, set in a damp house near a roaring river, explores the relationships between mothers and daughters.
GHETTO: The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea by Mitchell Duneier
Duneier offers a stunningly detailed, timely survey of scholarly work on the topic.
IN THE DARKROOM by Susan Faludi — a NYT “10 Best Books of 2016” pick!
Faludi offers a rich and ultimately generous investigation of her long-estranged father, who suddenly contact her from his home in Hungary after undergoing gender-reassignment surgery at the age of 76.
IN GRATITUDE by Jenny Diski
In her final memoir before her death, Diski, who was quasi-adopted by Doris Lessing, examines the origin, and the close, of her life as a writer.
A RAGE FOR ORDER: The Middle East in Turmoil, From Tahrir Square to ISIS by Robert F. Worth
The story of the 2011 Arab Spring and its slide into autocracy and civil war, beautifully told by a veteran correspondent.
UNFORBIDDEN PLEASURES by Adam Phillips
Linked essays examine the idea that forbidden pleasures have a tendency to obscure the meaningfulness to our lives of the unforbidden ones.
WHITE RAGE: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
A timely and urgent call to confront the forces opposed to black progress since the Civil War.