A Few of My Favorite Books of 2016

By David D. Robbins Jr.

“What Belongs to You” by Garth Greenwell (Fiction)
▶ “Four of the Three Musketeers: The Marx Brothers On Stage” by Robert S. Bader (Film history)
▶ “The Girls” by Emma Cline (Fiction)
▶ “Swing Time” by Zadie Smith (Fiction)
▶ “Zero K” by Don DeLillo (Fiction)
▶ “The North Water” by Ian McGuire (Fiction)
▶ “Evicted” by Matthew Desmond (Nonfiction)
▶ “Mooncop” by Tom Gauld (Graphic Novel)
▶ “Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey” by Frances Wilson (Biography)
▶ “In Search of Lost Films” by Phil Hall (Film history)
▶ “Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy” by David Daley (Political history)
▶ “On Bowie” by Rob Sheffield (Music biography)
▶ “Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul” by James McBride (Music history)
▶ “Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth” by A.O. Scott (Film)
▶ “Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape” by Peggy Orenstein (Sociology/Sex)
▶ “The Purple Diaries: Mary Astor & the Most Sensational Hollywood Scandal of the 1930s” by Joseph Egan (Film biography)

CURRENTLY READING
▶ “Ninefox Gambit” by Yoon Ha Lee (Sci-Fi)
▶ “The Three-Body Problem” by Cixn Liu (Sci-Fi)

2016 BOOKS STILL ON MY PILE
▶ “One Toss of the Dice: The Incredible Story of How a Poem Made Us Modern” by R. Howard Bloch (History/On Stéphane Mallarmé)
▶ “Moonglow: A Novel” by Michael Chabon (Fiction)
▶ “The Vanishing Velázquez: A 19th Century Bookseller’s Obsession With A Lost Masterpiece” by Laura Cumming (Art history)
▶ “Demon, Volume 1″ by Jason Shiga (Graphic novel)
▶ “The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life” by John le Carré (Espionage)

LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2017
▶ “The Invention of Angela Carter” by Edmund Gordon (Biography) – Available only in UK so far
▶ “Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel” by George Saunders (Fiction) – Feb. 14 release date
▶ “Battles for Freedom: The Use and Abuse of American History” by Eric Foner (Political History) – TBD

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