So Many Lists, So Little Time
By Carol Van Why
Since late last year every serious media outlet has published their version of a Best Books of 2016 list. Just scanning these lists embarrasses me, because most of the time I haven’t read a fraction of the dozens of books mentioned.
This year I’m putting less pressure on myself. I scanned those lists just to find titles in the 1666 Coffman Library’s collection. I have to say that I’m impressed. Find them in the Library’s shelving sections shown in bold print below.
Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
Hillbilly Elegy – J. D. Vance
Lab Girl – Hope Jahren
Hidden Figures – Margot Lee Shetterley
Hamilton: The Revolution – Lin-Manuel Miranda
Commonwealth – Ann Patchett
La Rose – Louise Erdrich
They May Not Mean to But They Do – Cathleen Schine
Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
Wintering – Peter Geye
All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation – Rebecca Traister
MEDICINE AND HEALTH
When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi
A Great Reckoning – Louise Penny
The Gene: An Intimate History – Siddhartha Mukherjee
Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars – Dava Sobel
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life – Ed Yong
Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right– Jane Mayer
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