12 Great Books of 2019
The end of the year brings best-of book lists galore, and here’s one more. There were so many great books published this year, and it would be an impossible feat to name them all. While this list could easily—and probably should—include a hundred books or more, it’s whittled to just twelve. Twelve favorites published in 2019, including new novels by authors we can always count on for a great story well told, as well as unputdownable debuts that signal the arrival of exciting new voices. Here's a handful of novels we’ll still be talking about years from now, story collections we'll want to revisit, and one incredible Southern-set memoir that has found a permanent place on our bookshelves. These great books also make excellent holiday gifts, so stop by your local independent bookstore this week and pick up a few to give—and a few to keep, because you’ll want to dive in too. From the worlds of fiction, nonfiction, and short stories—here are a few favorites of 2019.
All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg
Grand Union: Stories by Zadie Smith
Lot: Stories by Bryan Washington
In West Mills by De’Shawn Charles Winslow
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Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
Valeria Luiselli’s fifth novel is an unforgettable story of a family on a journey. They drive through the United States, from New York to Arizona, aiming for a desert destination that will find them different from when they first set out.
Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
Orange World and Other Stories by Karen Russell
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell
The Yellow House: A Memoir by Sarah M. Broom
Sarah M. Broom’s powerful National Book Award-winning memoir is the expansive story of her life and her family in their home, the eponymous Yellow House, in New Orleans East. It explores a century of personal and geographic history in the place she and her family called home.