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Here’s the 100 Best Books of the Year list you should care about.

Jonny Diamond

November 26, 2019, 8:13am

It’s the New York Public Library’s 100 Best Books of the Year list! This one is noteworthy to me because it reflects, shall we say, a more direct engagement with people who read books outside of professional exigencies, who are neither critics nor writers nor editors nor vampiric media types always conjuring listicles, the better destroy literary culture as we know it. (Hi!)

With actual readers in mind, this list includes subcategories like Romance, Mystery and Thriller, and Historical Fiction (though they’re playing fast and loose with genre categories, as is their right, by including the likes of Téa Obreht in the last category, and Julia Phillips in the second). Perhaps my favorite thing about this list is that it includes ten books of poetry, which seems about right to me; my second favorite thing is the inclusion of Sarah Moss’s wonderful Ghost Wall.

Here’s the top ten:

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Aker

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacobs

Normal People by Sally Rooney

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement  by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino

The NYPL also Best 100 lists for kids and teens.

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