Disclaimer: I’m not a critic (though if anyone is looking for a willing reviewer, I’m raising my hand) but I love books and I read some really fantastic writing this year.
Here are my favorite reads of 2016:
Another Brooklyn – Jacqueline Woodson. Gah. I just can’t get over anything she writes. This book beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
Honorable mention: Last Ride to Graceland – Like a road trip through my childhood. If you are from the south, this book will ring lots of bells.
When Breath Becomes Air – I feel like this book will be held up as a standard for memoir for years to come. This is a brave book.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – The description for this book will seem very science-y but if that scares you, please don’t run away from this book. This is a story of a family and a legacy and a fight to preserve both. I could not put it down.
Hillbilly Elegy – Click on any roundup of 2016 books, and Hillbilly Elegy will be on every one. Stunning picture of life in rural Appalachia.
Present Over Perfect – In our overly busy, overly scheduled and overly fast lives, this book comes in kindness and reminds us there is a better way. It is peace on a page.
Not my cup of tea, but maybe yours?
Love Warrior – I originally liked this book, but the more I thought about it, the more over indulgent it seemed. High on pop psychology and a bit me-centric, which is a tricky balance for memoirs.
Planning on reading soon: