This year, I cut my ties with the Real Housewives, read an absurd number of books, and attempted to keep track of them all.1 Though I miss the table flipping on occasion, my top ten books were well worth the read.
by Philipp Meyer
The Son is a sprawling, gritty portrait of three generations of an American family made wealthy through years of oil drilling on their vast Texas ranch.
by Donna Tartt
Tartt’s first novel in over ten years, The Goldfinch is an irresistible journey through American art and culture filled with remarkably unforgettable characters.
by Meg Wolitzer
Fame, jealousy, and romantic relationships collide in Wolitzer’s amazing novel about a group of friends who meet as teens and attempt to hold their bonds through adulthood.
by Wilton Barnhardt
Lookaway, Lookaway is a brash, yet insightful romp through elite Southern culture, centered on the unraveling of a North Carolina family.
by Bill Cheng
Dark and beautifully visualized, Bill Cheng’s debut novel set during the Great Flood of 1927 is a seamless fit into the Southern Gothic canon.
by Patrick Flanery
Fallen Land is an eerie page-turner that examines the core of the modern American dream with marvelous passages, well developed characters, and a driving plot.
by Matt Haig
Though The Humans starts as a funny satire of our ridiculous quirks, it becomes a careful examination of the very things that make us human: sacrifice, forgiveness, and love.
by Anthony Marra
Anthony Marra’s gorgeous debut revolves around a modern war, but feels like reading an epic classic.
by Jonathan Miles
Both hilariously funny and painfully honest, Want Not captures the best and worst of the human spirit in a thoroughly enjoyable read.
by Michael Farris Smith
Michael Farris Smith has skillfully filled his violent, dangerous tale with hope and love, making the flooded world of Rivers a stand out, unforgettable read.
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- This isn’t to say you can’t have books and TV. I was more than glued to Breaking Bad and reading Brett Martin’s Difficult Men made it even better. ↩