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At ALA Midwinter in Denver last week, the 2018 Notable Books and Reading List were announced. The Notable Books List is an annual best-of list comprised of twenty six titles written for adult readers and published in the US including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Below, you’ll find our titles that were selected this year!

Fiction

“Stay with Me” by Ayobami Adebayo. Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House .
Secrets and loss torment a modern Nigerian couple. A Book Club Central Sarah Jessica Parker selection.

“Days without End” by Sebastian Barry. Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
A tender love story between two soldiers spans the mid-nineteenth century American wars.

“American War” by Omar El Akkad. Alfred A. Knopf.
A second Civil War turns lives upside down in this devastating vision of a dystopian future.

“Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid. Riverhead Books, a division of Penguin Random House.
A young couple’s relationship takes on the velocity of their city’s civil unrest and evolves as they experience life as refugees. A Book Club Central Sarah Jessica Parker selection.

“Human Acts” by Han Kang. Hogarth, an imprint of the Crown Publishing.
Following the brutal Gwangju Uprising and the murder of a teenage boy, a series of linked stories relates the experiences of the victims and the survivors.

“Solar Bones” by Mike McCormack. Soho Press.
A man sits at his kitchen table and ruminates on his life’s mistakes and accomplishments and ponders the meaning of it all.

“Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders. Random House, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
Three characters stuck in an ambiguous limbo after their deaths narrate the story of the president’s visits to the graveyard following the tragic loss of his son.

Nonfiction

“Grant” by Ron Chernow. Penguin Press.
In this definitive biography, new scholarship illuminates the life of a complex American president.

“Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” by David Grann. Doubleday, a division of Penguin Random House.
A combination of history and true crime, in which a Native American tribe is defrauded and nearly eradicated.

“Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character” by Kay Redfield Jamison. Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House.
A multi-layered exploration of an American literary giant and the relationship between creativity and mental illness.

“Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital” by David Oshinsky. Doubleday, a division of Penguin Random House.
The story of New York’s enduring medical institution chronicles three hundred years of public health care.

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