LJ Best Books 2016

A jury of our peers discussed, debated, disagreed, and finally declared LJ’s annual Top Ten Best Books of the year, selected by our editors, as well as Top Five lists for genre fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels, and SELF-e titles. VISIT THE WEBSITE

Debut Novelist Alert: RIVKA GALCHEN

Generally, I can take or leave the fiction in The New Yorker. But the March 24 issue, featuring Rivka Galchen’s "The Region of Unlikeness," revived my confidence in the magazine’s selection criteria. Galchen’s story, whose seductively disorienting plot revolves around the grandfather paradox, was so strong, so singular, I’m committed to reading her debut novel, Atmospheric Disturbances, when it publishes in June. If Beth Andersen’s starred 5/1 LJ review is any indication—in which she describes the novel as “rich in detail and scientific exploration and a kind of dreamy psychological dissembling”—the bits that nipped in The New Yorker burn on as brightly there.