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Online Computer Library Center

OCLC, the Online Computer Library Center, has shared a list of the Top 100 novels of all time found in libraries around the world. Buzzfeed put together a quiz to see how many of the top 100 novels of all time you’ve read. Take the quiz here!

New York Times Book Review

Below is a complete list of the 10 best books of the year, as selected by the New York Times Book Revieweditors since 1968. How many of the greats have you read?

Titles Order
Anti-Memoirs by Andre Malraux 1968
A Cab at the Door by V. S. Pritchett 1968
The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell. Volume 1. An Age Like This: 1920-1940 by George Orwell 1968
The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell. Volume 2. My Country Right or Left: 1940-1943 by George Orwell 1968
The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell. Volume 4. In Front of Your Nose: 1945-1950 by George Orwell 1968
Confessions of a Disloyal European by Jan Myrdal 1968
The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA by James D. Watson 1968
The First Circle by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 1968
His Toy, His Dream, His Rest: 308 Dream Songs by John Berryman 1968
Lytton Strachey: A Biography by Michael Holroyd 1968
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer 1968
Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver 1968
Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village by Ronald Blythe 1969
Castle to Castle by Louis-Ferdinand Céline 1969
The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford by Jean Stafford 1969
Gandhi’s Truth: On the Origins of Militant Nonviolence by Erik H. Erikson 1969
Huey Long by T. Harry Williams 1969
Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth 1969
Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department by Dean Acheson 1969
The Science of Freedom by Peter Gay 1969
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut 1969
Them by Joyce Carol Oates 1969
Bech: A Book by John Updike 1970
City Life by Donald Barthelme 1970
Cocteau: A Biography by Francis Steegmuller 1970
The Coming Crisis of Western Sociology by Alvin W. Gouldner 1970
Crisis In The Classroom, The Remaking of American Education by Charles E. Silberman 1970
Inside the Third Reich: Memoirs by Albert Speer 1970
Jefferson the President: First Term 1801-1805 by Dumas Malone 1970
Losing Battles by Eudora Welty 1970
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 1970
Roosevelt: the Soldier of Freedom by James MacGregor Burns 1970
Sexual Politics: A Surprising Examination of Society’s Most Arbitrary Folly by Kate Millett 1970
Zelda: A Biography by Nancy Milford 1970
Bound to Violence by Yambo Ouologuem 1971
Eleanor and Franklin by Joseph P. Lash 1971
The European Discovery of America: Vol 1: The Northern Voyages A.D. 500-1600 by Samuel Eliot Morison 1971
The Gift Relationship: From Human Blood to Social Policy by Richard Morris Titmuss 1971
Rabbit Redux by John Updike 1971
Upstate: Records and Recollections of Northern New York by Edmund Wilson 1971
The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot 1971
The Children of Pride: A True Story of Georgia and the Civil War by Robert Manson Myers 1972
The Coming of Age by Simone de Beauvoir 1972
Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam by Frances FitzGerald 1972
Henry James: The Master, 1901-1916 by Leon Edel 1972
A Theory of Justice by John Rawls 1972
Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon 1973
Macaulay, the Shaping of the Historian by John Clive 1973
The Summer Before the Dark by Doris Lessing 1973
All God’s Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw by Theodore Rosengarten 1974
Darwin on Man: A Psychological Study of Scientific Creativity by Howard E. Gruber 1974
Dog Soldiers by Robert Stone 1974
The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 1974
The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation (Volume One, Parts I-II) by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 1974
Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made by Eugene D. Genovese 1974
Something Happened by Joseph Heller 1974
Watership Down by Richard Adams 1974
Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape by Susan Brownmiller 1975
The Dead Father by Donald Barthelme 1975
Edith Wharton: A Biography by R. W. B. Lewis 1975
Far Tortuga by Peter Matthiessen 1975
The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux 1975
Guerrillas by V. S. Naipaul 1975
The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation (Volume Two, Parts III-IV) by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 1975
Humboldt’s Gift by Saul Bellow 1975
The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770-1823 by David Brion Davis 1975
Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow 1975
A Sorrow Beyond Dreams by Peter Handke 1975
The War Against the Jews: 1933-1945 by Lucy S. Dawidowicz 1975
I Would Have Saved Them If I Could by Leonard Michaels 1975
Andre malraux, une vie dans le siecle by Jean Lacouture 1976
The Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel García Márquez 1976
Born on the Fourth of July by Ron Kovic 1976
The damnable question: A history of Anglo-Irish relations by George Dangerfield 1976
Details of a Sunset and Other Stories by Vladimir Nabokov 1976
The Easter Parade by Richard Yates 1976
Hearing Secret Harmonies by Anthony Powell 1976
Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala 1976
October Light by John Gardner 1976
Roots by Alex Haley 1976
Speedboat by Renata Adler 1976
To Jerusalem and Back: A Personal Account by Saul Bellow 1976
The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales by Bruno Bettelheim 1976
A Voice from the Chorus by Andrei Sinyavsky 1976
The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston 1976
Women of Shadows: A Study of the Wives and Mothers of Southern Italy by Ann Cornelisen 1976
World of Our Fathers by Irving Howe 1976
Afterimages by Arlene Croce 1977
A Book of Common Prayer by Joan Didion 1977
Chinese Shadows by Simon Leys 1977
Coming into the Country by John McPhee 1977
Day by Day by Robert Lowell 1977
Delmore Schwartz: The Life of an American Poet by James Atlas 1977
Dispatches by Michael Herr 1977
Every child’s birthright: In defense of mothering by Selma Fraiberg 1977
Falconer by John Cheever 1977
Gates of Eden: American Culture in the Sixties by Morris Dickstein 1977
The Gentle Barbarian: The Life and Work of Turgenev by V. S. Pritchett 1977
India: A Wounded Civilization by V. S. Naipaul 1977
Letters on literature and politics, 1912-1972 by Edmund Wilson 1977
On Photography by Susan Sontag 1977
The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 by David McCullough 1977
Robert Frost: The Work of Knowing by Richard Poirier 1977
Samuel Johnson by W. Jackson Bate 1977
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison 1977
Staying On by Paul Scott 1977
The Coup by John Updike 1978
Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison by Michel Foucault 1978
E. M. Forster: A Life by P. N. Furbank 1978
The Eye of the Story: Selected Essays and Reviews by Eudora Welty 1978
The Facts of Life by Maureen Howard 1978
Final Payments by Mary Gordon 1978
The Flounder by Günter Grass 1978
In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin 1978
Inventing America: Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence by Garry Wills 1978
Lying Low by Diane Johnson 1978
A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962 by Alistair Horne 1978
Stories by Doris Lessing 1978
The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever 1978
Trotsky by Irving Howe 1978
The World According to Garp by John Irving 1978
Wrinkles by Charles Simmons 1978
A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul 1979
The Boer War by Thomas Pakenham 1979
The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations by Christopher Lasch 1979
Dear Bunny, Dear Volodya: The Nabokov-Wilson Letters, 1940-1971, Revised and Expanded Edition by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov 1979
The Eighth Day of Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Biology by Horace Freeland Judson 1979
The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer 1979
The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth 1979
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter 1979
The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor by Flannery O’Connor 1979
King of the Jews by Leslie Epstein 1979
The man who kept the secrets: Richard Helms & the CIA by Thomas Powers 1979
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris 1979
Sideshow by William Shawcross 1979
Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick 1979
Too Far to Go by John Updike 1979
The White Album by Joan Didion 1979
White House Years by Henry A. Kissinger 1979
China Men by Maxine Hong Kingston 1980
Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century by John Boswell 1980
The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty 1980
Conrad in the Nineteenth Century by Ian Watt 1980
The cost of good intentions : New York City and the liberal experiment, 1960-1975 by Charles R. Morris 1980
Falling in Place by Ann Beattie 1980
Italian Folktales by Italo Calvino 1980
Loon Lake by E. L. Doctorow 1980
Man in the Holocene by Max Frisch 1980
Nature and Culture: American Landscape and Painting, 1825-1875 by Barbara Novak 1980
Walt Whitman: A Life by Justin Kaplan 1980
Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, New and Expanded Edition by James H. Jones 1981
The Chaneysville Incident by David Bradley 1981
A Flag for Sunrise by Robert Stone 1981
The Gate of Heavenly Peace: The Chinese and Their Revolution by Jonathan D. Spence 1981
Haydn : chronicle and works / Haydn : the years of ‘The creation’, 1796-1800 by H.C. Robbins Landon 1981
Haydn : the early years, 1732-1765 by H.C. Robbins Landon 1981
Haydn at Eszterhaza, 1766-1790 (Haydn : Chronicle and Works) by H.C. Robbins Landon 1981
Haydn in England 1791-1795 (Haydn : Chronicle and Works) by H.C. Robbins Landon 1981
Haydn the Late Years, 1801-1809. (Haydn: Chronicles and Works, Volume 5) by H.C. Robbins Landon 1981
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson 1981
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie 1981
Old Glory : A Voyage Down the Mississippi by Jonathan Raban 1981
Philosophical Explanations by Robert Nozick 1981
Prisoner without a Name, Cell without a Number by Jacobo Timerman 1981
Rabbit Is Rich by John Updike 1981
The White Hotel by D. M. Thomas 1981
World Without End by Francine du Plessix Gray 1981
Zuckerman Unbound by Philip Roth 1981
Aké: The Years of Childhood by Wole Soyinka 1982
Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa 1982
Bech is Back by John Updike 1982
Bronx Primitive: Portraits in a Childhood by Kate Simon 1982
The Burning House by Ann Beattie 1982
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler 1982
The Fate of the Earth by Jonathan Schell 1982
Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller by Judith Thurman 1982
Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally 1982
Tumultuous Years: The Presidency of Harry S Truman, 1949-1953 by Robert J. Donovan 1982
Waiting for the Barbarians by J. M. Coetzee 1982
Years of Upheaval by Henry Kissinger 1982
The Anatomy Lesson by Philip Roth 1983
Attlee by Kenneth Harris 1983
Cathedral by Raymond Carver 1983
Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 1983
During the Reign of the Queen of Persia by Joan Chase 1983
Hugging the Shore: Essays and Criticism by John Updike 1983
Ironweed by William J. Kennedy 1983
Modern Times Revised Edition: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties (Perennial Classics) by Paul Johnson 1983
The Moons of Jupiter by Alice Munro 1983
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco 1983
The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House by Seymour M. Hersh 1983
The Rosenberg File by Ronald Radosh 1983
The Social Transformation of American Medicine: The Rise of a Sovereign Profession and the Making of a Vast Industry by Paul Starr 1983
Brothers and Keepers by John Edgar Wideman 1984
Deadly gambits : the Reagan administration and the stalemate in nuclear arms control by Strobe Talbott 1984
Education of the Senses by Peter Gay 1984
Him With His Foot in His Mouth and Other Stories by Saul Bellow 1984
In Her Own Right: The Life of Elizabeth Cady Stanton by Elisabeth Griffith 1984
Life & Times of Michael K by J. M. Coetzee 1984
Lives of the Poets: Six Stories and a Novella by E. L. Doctorow 1984
Machine Dreams by Jayne Anne Phillips 1984
The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci by Jonathan D. Spence 1984
The Quality of Mercy: Cambodia, Holocaust and Modern Conscience by William Shawcross 1984
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera 1984
Walt Whitman: The Making of the Poet by Paul Zweig 1984
The War of the End of the World by Mario Vargas Llosa 1984
With a Daughter’s Eye: A Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson by Mary Catherine Bateson 1984
The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust 1941-1945 by David S. Wyman 1985
All Fall Down: America’s Tragic Encounter With Iran by Gary Sick 1985
Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families by J. Anthony Lukas 1985
Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes 1985
Footsteps: adventures of a romantic biographer by Richard Holmes 1985
House by Tracy Kidder 1985
Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich 1985
Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White by Joseph Lelyveld 1985
Mr. Palomar by Italo Calvino 1985
The Oracle at Stoneleigh Court : Stories by Peter Taylor 1985
The Periodic Table by Primo Levi 1985
Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land by David K. Shipler 1986
Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape by Barry Lopez 1986
Crossing the Line: A Year in the Land of Apartheid by William Finnegan 1986
FDR: New York Years 1928-1933 by Kenneth S. Davis 1986
FDR: The New Deal Years 1933-1937 by Kenneth S. Davis 1986
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood 1986
John Maynard Keynes, Vol. 1: Hopes Betrayed, 1883-1920 by Robert Skidelsky 1986
The Life of Langston Hughes. Volume 1, 1902–1941, I, Too, Sing America by Arnold Rampersad 1986
A Machine That Would Go of Itself: The Constitution in American Culture by Michael Kammen 1986
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks 1986
Out of India: Selected Stories by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala 1986
A Perfect Spy by John le Carré 1986
The Progress of Love by Alice Munro 1986
Roger’s Version by John Updike 1986
Saint and Strangers (Black Venus) by Angela Carter 1986
The Vanished Imam: Musa Al Sadr and the Shia of Lebanon by Fouad Ajami 1986
Velazquez: Painter and Courtier by Jonathan Brown 1986
Whites by Norman Rush 1986
An Arrow in the Wall: Selected Poetry and Prose by Andrei Voznesensky 1987
Beloved by Toni Morrison 1987
The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe 1987
Chaos: Making a New Science by James Gleick 1987
The Counterlife by Philip Roth 1987
The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture In the Golden Age by Simon Schama 1987
Evelyn Waugh: The Early Years, 1903-1939 by Martin Stannard 1987
The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes 1987
The Ice: A Journey to Antarctica by Stephen J. Pyne 1987
Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Cheng 1987
The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes 1987
More Die of Heartbreak by Saul Bellow 1987
Staring at the Sun by Julian Barnes 1987
The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy by William Julius Wilson 1987
Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA, 1981-1987 by Bob Woodward 1987
World’s End by T. C. Boyle 1987
Arabesques by Anton Shammas 1988
Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson 1988
Bernard Shaw, Volume 1: 1856-1898; The Search for Love by Michael Holroyd 1988
A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes by Stephen Hawking — not in English Common Knowledge 1988
A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam by Neil Sheehan 1988
Coming of Age in the Milky Way by Timothy Ferris 1988
Dictionary of the Khazars: A Lexicon Novel in 100,000 Words {unspecified Editions} by Milorad Pavić 1988
Libra by Don DeLillo 1988
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 1988
The Magic Lantern: An Autobiography by Ingmar Bergman 1988
Original Intent and the Framers’ Constitution by Leonard W. Levy 1988
Parting the Waters : America in the King Years 1954-63 by Taylor Branch 1988
The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers by Paul Kennedy 1988
Stories in an Almost Classical Mode by Harold Brodkey 1988
The Tenants of Time by Thomas Flanagan 1988
Where I’m Calling From: Selected Stories by Raymond Carver 1988
Billy Bathgate by E. L. Doctorow 1989
Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution by Simon Schama 1989
Federico García Lorca: A Life by Ian Gibson 1989
From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas L. Friedman 1989
Harold Macmillan: Volume 1: 1894-1956 by Alistair Horne 1989
Harold Macmillan: Volume 2: 1957-1986 by Alistair Horne 1989
A History of the World in 10½ Chapters by Julian Barnes 1989
How War Came: The Immediate Origins of the Second World War by Donald Cameron Watt 1989
If the River Was Whiskey by T. C. Boyle 1989
A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East by David Fromkin 1989
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro 1989
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie 1989
The Shawl: A Story and Novella by Cynthia Ozick 1989
Biting at the Grave: The Irish Hunger Strikes and the Politics of Despair by Padraig O’Malley 1990
The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova by Anna Akhmatova 1990
Friend of My Youth: Stories by Alice Munro 1990
Lawrence of Arabia: The Authorized Biography of T.E. Lawrence by Jeremy Wilson 1990
London Fields by Martin Amis 1990
My Son’s Story by Nadine Gordimer 1990
Omeros by Derek Walcott 1990
Possession: A Romance by A. S. Byatt 1990
Rabbit at Rest by John Updike 1990
The Search for Modern China by Jonathan D. Spence 1990
Simone de Beauvoir: A Biography by Deirdre Bair 1990
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien 1990
Tropical Gangsters: One Man’s Experience With Development And Decadence In Deepest Africa by Robert Klitgaard 1990
Vladimir Nabokov: the Russian years by Brian Boyd 1990
Complete Collected Stories by V. S. Pritchett 1991
Consciousness Explained by Daniel C. Dennett 1991
Holocaust Testimonies: The Ruins of Memory by Lawrence L. Langer 1991
The Journals Of John Cheever by John Cheever 1991
A Life of Picasso, Volume 1: 1881-1906 by John Richardson 1991
Mating by Norman Rush 1991
Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman 1991
The Truth About Chernobyl by Grigori Medvedev 1991
Two Lives: Reading Turgenev and My House in Umbria by William Trevor 1991
Wartime Lies: A Novel by Louis Begley 1991
The Ant and the Peacock: Altruism and Sexual Selection from Darwin to Today by Helena Cronin 1992
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje 1992
Jazz by Toni Morrison 1992
Kissinger: A Biography by Walter Isaacson 1992
Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America by Garry Wills 1992
The Lost Upland: Stories of Southwestern France by W. S. Merwin 1992
Outerbridge Reach by Robert Stone 1992
Regeneration by Pat Barker 1992
Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean 1992
Across the Bridge by Mavis Gallant 1993
Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History by Robert D. Kaplan 1993
Before Night Falls by Reinaldo Arenas 1993
Collected Stories by William Trevor 1993
The Fate of the Elephant by Douglas H. Chadwick 1993
The Island: Three Tales by Gustaw Herling-Grudziński 1993
Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson 1993
Judge On Trial by Ivan Klima 1993
The Last Panda by George B. Schaller 1993
Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire by David Remnick 1993
Mazurka for Two Dead Men by Camilo José Cela 1993
A Moment of War by Laurie Lee 1993
Shylock: A Legend and Its Legacy by John Gross 1993
Travels with Lizbeth by Lars Eighner 1993
Balzac: A Biography by Graham Robb 1994
Conquest: Cortes, Montezuma, and the Fall of Old Mexico by Hugh Thomas 1994
A Frolic of His Own by William Gaddis 1994
In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O’Brien 1994
The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language by Steven Pinker 1994
The Moral Animal : Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology by Robert Wright 1994
Naturalist by Edward O. Wilson 1994
Open Secrets by Alice Munro 1994
Stalin and the Bomb: The Soviet Union and Atomic Energy, 1939-1956 by David Holloway 1994
W. E. B. Du Bois, 1868-1919: Biography of a Race (Owl Books) by David Levering Lewis 1994
A Way in the World by V. S. Naipaul 1994
The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts After Communism by Tina Rosenberg 1995
In confidence : Moscow’s ambassador to American’s six Cold War presidents by Anatoly Dobrynin 1995
Independence Day by Richard Ford 1995
The Information by Martin Amis 1995
The Island of the Day Before by Umberto Eco 1995
The Life of Graham Greene, Volume II: 1939-1955 by Norman Sherry 1995
Lincoln by David Herbert Donald 1995
Overcoming Law by Richard A. Posner 1995
Sabbath’s Theater by Philip Roth 1995
The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov by Vladimir Nabokov 1995
Zola: A Life by Frederick Brown 1995
After Rain: Stories by William Trevor 1996
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt 1996
Bad Land: An American Romance by Jonathan Raban 1996
The Collected Stories of Mavis Gallant by Mavis Gallant 1996
The Life of Nelson A. Rockefeller by Cary Reich 1996
Selected Stories by Alice Munro 1996
The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinction by David Quammen 1996
American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence by Pauline Maier 1997
The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald 1997
Huxley: From Devil’s Disciple to Evolution’s High Priest by Adrian Desmond 1997
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer 1997
Mason & Dixon: A Novel by Thomas Pynchon 1997
The Puttermesser papers by Cynthia Ozick 1997
Toward the End of Time by John Updike 1997
Underworld by Don DeLillo 1997
Virginia Woolf by Hermione Lee 1997
The Whole Shebang: A State-of-the-Universe(s) Report by Timothy Ferris 1997
Birds of America: Stories by Lorrie Moore 1998
Cloudsplitter: A Novel by Russell Banks 1998
Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth by Richard A. Fortey 1998
The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro 1998
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver 1998
Preston Falls: A Novel by David Gates 1998
Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow 1998
To End a War by Richard Holbrooke 1998
The Unknown Matisse by Hilary Spurling 1998
Victor Hugo: A Biography by Graham Robb 1998
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch 1998
An Affair of State: The Investigation, Impeachment, and Trial of President Clinton by Richard A. Posner 1999
Close Range by Annie Proulx 1999
Coleridge: Darker Reflections, 1804-1834 by Richard Holmes 1999
Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee 1999
The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness by Antonio Damasio 1999
The First World War by John Keegan 1999
Headlong by Michael Frayn 1999
Morgan: American Financier by Jean Strouse 1999
Reading the Holocaust by Inga Clendinnen 1999
Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman 1999
A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle 1999
Being Dead by Jim Crace 2000
Beowulf by Beowulf Poet Seamus Heaney translation, 2000
Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters by Matt Ridley 2000
Gertrude and Claudius by John Updike 2000
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers 2000
The Human Stain by Philip Roth 2000
One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs Under the British Mandate by Tom Segev 2000
Rimbaud: A Biography by Graham Robb 2000
Way Out There In the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars and the End of the Cold War by Frances FitzGerald 2000
Austerlitz by W. G. Sebald 2001
Borrowed Finery: A Memoir by Paula Fox 2001
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen 2001
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories by Alice Munro 2001
John Henry Days by Colson Whitehead 2001
The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America by Louis Menand 2001
True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey 2001
Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood by Oliver Sacks 2001
Anthony Blunt: His Lives by Miranda Carter 2002
Atonement by Ian McEwan 2002
Bad blood by Lorna Sage 2002
Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides 2002
Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan 2002
Roscoe by William Kennedy 2002
Seeing in the dark by Timothy Ferris 2002
The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty by Caroline Alexander 2003
Brick Lane by Monica Ali 2003
Drop City by T. C. Boyle 2003
The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem 2003
Khrushchev: The Man and His Era by William Taubman 2003
The Known World by Edward P. Jones 2003
Living to Tell the Tale by Gabriel García Márquez 2003
Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc 2003
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow 2004
Chronicles: Volume One by Bob Dylan 2004
The Master by Colm Tóibín 2004
The Plot Against America by Philip Roth 2004
Runaway by Alice Munro 2004
Snow by Orhan Pamuk 2004
War Trash by Ha Jin 2004
The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq by George Packer 2005
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami 2005
de Kooning: An American Master by Mark Stevens 2005
The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece by Jonathan Harr 2005
On Beauty by Zadie Smith 2005
Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 by Tony Judt 2005
Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld 2005
Saturday by Ian McEwan 2005
Veronica by Mary Gaitskill 2005
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion 2005
Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart 2006
The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel by Amy Hempel 2006
The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud 2006
Falling Through the Earth: A Memoir by Danielle Trussoni 2006
The Lay of the Land by Richard Ford 2006
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright 2006
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick 2006
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan 2006
The Places In Between by Rory Stewart 2006
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl 2006
Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone by Rajiv Chandrasekaran 2007
Little Heathens by Mildred Armstrong Kalish 2007
Man Gone Down: A Novel by Michael Thomas 2007
The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin 2007
The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in World History by Linda Colley 2007
Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson 2007
The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross 2007
The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño 2007
Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris 2007
Tree of Smoke: A Novel by Denis Johnson 2007
2666 by Roberto Bolaño 2008
Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories by Steven Millhauser 2008
The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals by Jane Mayer 2008
The Forever War by Dexter Filkins 2008
A Mercy by Toni Morrison 2008
Netherland by Joseph O’Neill 2008
Nothing to Be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes 2008
This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (Vintage Civil War Library) by Drew Gilpin Faust 2008
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri 2008
The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V. S. Naipaul by Patrick French 2008
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes 2009
Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It by Maile Meloy 2009
Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem 2009
A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore 2009
The Good Soldiers by David Finkel 2009
Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls 2009
Lit by Mary Karr 2009
Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed 2009
Raymond Carver: A Writer’s Life by Carol Sklenicka 2009
A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert 2009
Apollo’s Angels : A History of Ballet by Jennifer Homans 2010
Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff 2010
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee 2010
Finishing the Hat by Stephen Sondheim 2010
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen 2010
The New Yorker stories by Ann Beattie 2010
Room by Emma Donoghue 2010
Selected Stories by William Trevor 2010
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan 2010
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson 2010
11/22/63 by Stephen King 2011
Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens by Christopher Hitchens 2011
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach 2011
The Boy in the Moon: A Father’s Journey to Understand His Extraordinary Son by Ian Brown 2011
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable 2011
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell 2011
Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson 2011
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman 2011
The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht 2011
A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War by Amanda Foreman 2011
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo — not in English Common Knowledge 2012
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel 2012
Building Stories by Chris Ware — not in English Common Knowledge 2012
Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon — not in English Common Knowledge 2012
A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers — not in English Common Knowledge 2012
NW: A Novel by Zadie Smith — not in English Common Knowledge 2012
The Passage of Power by Robert A. Caro — not in English Common Knowledge 2012
The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy by David Nasaw — not in English Common Knowledge 2012
Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story by Jim Holt — not in English Common Knowledge 2012
The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers — not in English Common Knowledge 2012
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Fiction, 2013
The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner Fiction, 2013
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Fiction, 2013
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson Fiction, 2013
Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders Fiction, 2013
After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead by Alan S. Blinder Nonfiction, 2013
Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House by Peter Baker Nonfiction, 2013
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink Nonfiction, 2013
The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark Nonfiction, 2013
Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala Nonfiction, 2013
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr Fiction, 2014
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill Fiction, 2014
Euphoria by Lily King Fiction, 2014
Family Life by Akhil Sharma Fiction, 2014
Redeployment by Phil Klay Fiction, 2014
Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast Nonfiction, 2014
On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss Nonfiction, 2014
Penelope Fitzgerald: a life by Hermione Lee Nonfiction, 2014
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert Nonfiction, 2014
Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp by Lawrence Wright Nonfiction, 2014
The Door by Magda Szabó Fiction, 2015
A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin Fiction, 2015
Outline by Rachel Cusk Fiction, 2015
The Sellout by Paul Beatty Fiction, 2015
The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante Fiction, 2015
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates Nonfiction, 2015
Empire of Cotton: A Global History by Sven Beckert Nonfiction, 2015
H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald Nonfiction, 2015
The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science by Andrea Wulf Nonfiction, 2015
One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway by Åsne Seierstad Nonfiction, 2015
The Association of Small Bombs: A Novel by Karan Mahajan Fiction, 2016
The North Water by Ian McGuire Fiction, 2016
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead Fiction, 2016
The Vegetarian by Han Kang Fiction, 2016
War and Turpentine by Stefan Hertmans Fiction, 2016
At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Others by Sarah Bakewell Nonfiction, 2016
Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer Nonfiction, 2016
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond Nonfiction, 2016
In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi Nonfiction, 2016
The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar Nonfiction, 2016
Autumn by Ali Smith Fiction, 2017
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid Fiction, 2017
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee Fiction, 2017
The Power by Naomi Alderman Fiction, 2017
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward Fiction, 2017
The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World – and Us by Richard O. Prum Nonfiction, 2017
Grant by Ron Chernow Nonfiction, 2017
Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr. Nonfiction, 2017
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser Nonfiction, 2017
Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood Nonfiction, 2017
Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday Fiction, 2018
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai Fiction, 2018
The Perfect Nanny: A Novel by Leïla Slimani Fiction, 2018
There There by Tommy Orange Fiction, 2018
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan Fiction, 2018
American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer Nonfiction, 2018
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover Nonfiction, 2018
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight Nonfiction, 2018
How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan Nonfiction, 2018
Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs Nonfiction, 2018

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