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The Best Books of 2016 — and Ones to Watch for in 2017

The Best Books of 2016 — and Ones to Watch for in 2017

Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaWe take a look back at some of Houston’s best books of 2016 and some to look forward to in 2017.

Out of the thousands of books that were published this year we ask Rich Levy, executive director of Inprint Houston, to help us decide the must-reads of 2016.

2016 Best Books by Houston authors

Before We Visit the Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (fiction)

The Adventurist by J. Bradford Hipps (fiction)

Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu (YA fiction)

The Sadness by Benjamin Rybeck (fiction)

Something Sinister by Hayan Charara (poetry)

Fuego by Leslie Contreras Schwartz (poetry)

The City of Mirrors: Book Three of The Passage Trilogy by Justin Cronin (fiction)

2016 Best Books by Authors with Houston connections

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo (middle-grade fiction)

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett (fiction) 

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (fiction)

Pleasantville by Attica Locke (fiction) 

News of the World by Paulette Jiles (fiction)

Who Killed These Girls? Cold Case: The Yogurt Shop Murders by Beverly Lowry (nonfiction)

The Texas Landscape Project: Nature and People by David Todd &Jonathan Ogren (nonfiction)

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi (fiction)

Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer (fiction)

The Angel of History by Rabih Alameddine (fiction)

Barkskins by Annie Proulx (fiction)

A few 2017 books to which we look forward 

Wait for Me by Caroline Leech (debut YA fiction); (Houston author)

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (fiction)

House of Names by Colm Tóibín (fiction) 

In Common Time by Aja Gabel (fiction)

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Abner Fletcher

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