Best of 2016
It’s that time of year when “best” books lists and awards will begin to appear. While Colson Whitehead’s National Book Award Winner The Underground Railroad tops most lists, People magazine says comedian Jessi Klein’s biography You’ll Grow Out of It is the best book of the year while Entertainment Weekly picked the novel The Nix by Nathan Hill.
Of these three, I’ve only read The Underground Railroad. It’s fantastic and a must read. Stein’s biography is described by the publisher as, “relentlessly funny yet poignant take on a variety of topics Jessi has experienced along her strange journey to womanhood and beyond. These include her 'transformation from Pippi Longstocking-esque tomboy to are-you-a-lesbian-or-what tom man…” The Nix is less easily described, but here’s a short synopsis, “An epic novel about a son, the mother who left him as a child, and how his search to uncover the secrets of her life leads him to reclaim his own."
The Golden Globes nominees include a number of films/television shows adapted from books. The best known are Fences, Arrival, Game of Thrones, Hidden Figures, Lion (based on Saroo Brierley's memoir), The Night Manager, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and Outlander. Click a title to put a hold on the book.While I’m talking about prizes, although Bob Dylan did not attend the award banquet for winning the Nobel prize in Literature, he sent a letter of thanks and it is well worth reading. The letter was read at the banquet and you can access it here. As more "Best" lists appear, I'll keep you updated. Seasons Readings!