Hudson Booksellers' Best Books of 2016

Hudson Booksellers has selected its best books published in 2016. A selection of the Best Books of 2016, Bookseller Top 10 features, and Bestsellers from 2016 will be prominently displayed in most Hudson Booksellers and Hudson News stores beginning around November 24. "Best Books" brochures featuring reviews and Bookseller Top 10 lists are available through the holiday season. The titles are also featured online at

Titles were selected through "a nominated shortlist and voting process by a panel of Hudson's professional booksellers across the country. Books were selected for achievements ranging from literary style and innovation, entertainment value and readability, to timeliness and treatment of subjects and themes."

Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach received the most votes across all categories and will be featured as Book of the Year. Hudson bookseller Ryan in Chicago commented: "Despite the serious nature of the material, Mary Roach's signature wit and humor are ever-present as she leads readers into the labs and battlefield simulations that save countless lives every day."

Hudson Booksellers's best books:

Best Fiction:
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
Every Anxious Wave by Mo Daviau
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Everybody's Fool by Richard Russo
Oil and Marble by Stephanie Storey
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Underground Airlines by Ben Winters

Best Nonfiction:
The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson
The Legends Club by John Feinstein
The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Blood at the Root by Patrick Phillips
City of Thorns by Ben Rawlence
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach
Old Records Never Die by Eric Spitznagel
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

Best Business Interest:
Eccentric Orbits by John Bloom
Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg
Originals by Adam Grant
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
A Field Guide to Lies by Daniel J. Levitin

Best Young Readers:
Picture Books:
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom
The Airport Book by Lisa Brown
The Night Gardener by The Fan Brothers
A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston

Middle Reader:
Moo by Sharon Creech
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
The Best Man by Richard Peck
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Young Adult:
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

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