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December 9, 2016

Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists Update - December 9th

The Largehearted Boy List of Online 'Best of 2016' Book Lists

For the ninth straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find. As the lists appear online, I will add them to the master list, updating daily.

The Master List of Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists

Please feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online year-end book list I have missed.

Other daily updates to the 2016 master list.

Revisit previous years' collections of year-end book lists: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2000-2009 (best of the decade).


Today's additions to the Online Year-end "Best of 2015" Book Lists:

AFR Weekend (best books)
The Aspen Institute (best books)
Believer (best books)
Blastr (best comic book artists)
Bibliobroads (best books)
Bibliophile Book Club (best books)
Bioteaching (best philosophy of science books)
Blastr (best comic book artists)
Chicago Tribune (best poetry books)
Church Grammar (favorite books)
The Economist (books)
Electric Literature (best short story collections)
Entertainment Weekly (best books)
Entertainment Weekly (worst books)
ESPNcricinfo (best cricket books)
The Federalist (best books)
Forbes (best graphic literature)
Glamour (best books)
Guardian (publishers' best books)
Guardian (scientists' favourite books)
Huffington Post (best self-published books)
Isaac Jeffries (top books)
Kara Lydon (healthy cookbooks)
Lake Forest Book Store (staff favorite books)
Librairie Drawn and Quarterly - Daphne (favorite books)
London Evening Standard (best books about London)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (best books)
Minnesota Public Radio (best sci-fi and fantasy books)
National Post (best books)
On Stage & Screen (favorite books)
Paste (best young adult books)
Quartz (best books)
Seattle Times - Adam Woog (best mysteries)
Shelf Awareness (best books)
Shelf Control (books)
Slate (best audiobooks)
Slate - Katy Waldman (favorite books)
Stacklist (best books for entrepreneurs)
Tim Casteel (top books)
Verso Books (books)


also at Largehearted Boy:

other daily updates to the master list

Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2015" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2014" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2013" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2012" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2010" Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Book Lists
Online "Best Books of 2009" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2008" Lists

2016 Online Year-end Music Lists
2015 Online Year-end Music Lists
2014 Online Year-end Music Lists
2013 Online Year-end Music Lists
2012 Online Year-end Music Lists
2011 Online Year-end Music Lists
2010 Online Year-end Music Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Music Lists
2009 Online Year-end Music Lists
2008 Online Year-end Music Lists
2007 Online Year-end Music Lists
2006 Online Year-end Music Lists
other lists at Largehearted Boy

Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (comics recommendations)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)


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December 9, 2016

This Week's Interesting Music Releases - December 9, 2016

Neil Young

Neil Young's new album Peace Trail is out today.

Reissues include a remastered and expanded 10th anniversary vinyl edition of Decemberists' The Crane Wife (that also includes a Blu-ray DVD).

Archival recordings include live performances by Prince, David Bowie, and Bob Dylan.

What new music are you looking forward to or enjoying this week?


This week's interesting music releases:

Bob Dylan: Live in Sydney 1966 [vinyl]
Buck Owens And The Buckeroos: The Complete Capitol Singles: 1957-1966
David Bowie: London 1983
David Bowie: Sound and Vision (CD and DVD)
Dead Can Dance: Toward the Within (reissue) [vinyl]
Decemberists: The Crane Wife (10th Anniversary Edition) (remastered and expanded) (6-disc box set) [vinyl]
Elvis Presley: Noel (Green Vinyl) (reissue) [vinyl]
Frank Zappa: Joe's Garage (3-LPs) (reissue) [vinyl]
Frank Zappa: Cruising with Ruben and the Jets (reissue) [vinyl]
Frank Zappa: Lumpy Gravy (reissue) [vinyl]
Frank Zappa: We're Only in It for the Money (reissue) [vinyl]
Frank Zappa: Weasels Ripped My Flesh (reissue) [vinyl]
Hodgy Beats: Fireplace: TheNotTheOtherSide
J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only
Jamestown Revival: The Education Of A Wandering Man [vinyl]
Kylie Minogue: Kylie Christmas (Snow Queen Edition)
The Last Shadow Puppets: The Dream Synopsis EP
Legendary Pink Dots: The Maria Dimension (reissue) [vinyl]
Leonard Cohen: You Want It Darker [vinyl]
Mac Miller: The Divine Feminine [vinyl]
Madonna: Girlie Show Live
Maria Taylor: In the Next Life
Matthew and Gunnar Nelson: This Christmas Too
Metallica: The Story So Far
Neil Young: Peace Trail
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: Hell or High Water [vinyl]
Pearl Jam: State of Love and Trust: Legendary FM Broadcast 1992
Prince: Tokyo 90
Solange Knowles: A Seat at the Table
Sun Ra: Singles
Sun Ra: Singles [vinyl]
Tom Petty: The Complete Studio Album Vinyl Collection 1976-1991 (9 Disc Box Set) [vinyl]
Tom Petty: The Complete Studio Albums Volume 2 (1994-2014) (7 Album, 180 Gram Vinyl - 12 Disc Box Set) [vinyl]
Trembling Bells and Bonnie Prince Billy: Bonnie Bells of Oxford
Twenty One Pilots: Blurryface
Various Artists: Easy Rider (soundtrack) (reissue) [vinyl]
Various Artists: Jazz Loves Disney [vinyl]
Various Artists: Live at the World Cafe 39
Various Artists: Live at the World Cafe 40
Various Artists: Stranger Things: Volume 2 [vinyl]
The XX: On Hold [vinyl]


also at Largehearted Boy:

Support Largehearted Boy

Essential and Interesting "Best of 2016" Music Lists

weekly music release lists

100 online sources for free and legal music downloads
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)


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Shorties (Latin American Authors' Responses to Trump's Election, Stream a New Jesus & Mary Chain Song, and more)

The Guardian gathered Latin American authors' reactions to the election of Donald Trump.


Stream a new Jesus and Mary Chain song.


36 "best books of 2016" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy Saturday (bringing the total number to 537), including Book Riot's best books, the New York Times' best baking cookbooks, Southern Living's best southern cookbooks, and Newsweek's favorite books.

See also:

Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting "best of 2016" music lists


Ebooks on sale for $1.99 today:

Beer Money by Frances Stroh
Edward Unspooled by Craig Lancaster
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut
I Served the King of England by Bohumil Hrabal
Memento Mori by Muriel Spark
Memoirs by Tennessee Williams
Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
The Nasty Bits by Anthony Bourdain
Seiobo There Below by László Krasznahorkai
The Sky Over Lima by Juan Gómez Bárcena
Slapstick by Kurt Vonnegut
Sweet Caress by William Boyd
Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut
Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
Vertigo by W.G. Sebald
Welcome to the Monkeyhouse by Kurt Vonnegut

eBooks on sale for $2.99 today:

Beasts and Children by Amy Parker
You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas by Augusten Burroughs


Stream a new Jesus and Mary Chain song.


Robbie Robertson talked about his book Testimony with Salon.

The New Yorker reviewed the book.


Stream a new Joan of Arc song.


Vice shared an excerpt from Patricia Lockwood's book Priestdaddy.


Julien Baker listed her favorite albums of 2016 at BrooklynVegan.


Catapult shared an excerpt from Belle Boggs' essay collection The Art of Waiting (one of my favorite nonfiction books of 2016).


At the Drive-in released its first new song in sixteen years.


BOMB interviewed author Michelle Tea.


Shonen Knife visited World Cafe for an interview and live performance.


The Rumpus interviewed Terry McDonnell about his memoir The Accidental Life.


Salon profiled the band Nada Surf.


Huffington Post recommended gifts for feminist book lovers.


The Montgomery Advertiser profiled singer-songwriter Jason Isbell.


Vice shared new short fiction by Charles Bock.


Jay Farrar discussed the new Son Volt album with Garden and Gun.


Max Porter has been awarded the 2016 Sunday Times/Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award for his novel Grief is the Thing with Feathers.


Charlie Brand of the band Miniature Tigers talked fashion with Paste.


Vulture listed four authors who returned to their roots in 2016.


Drowned in Sound interviewed Howe Gelb of Giant Sand.


Writers discussed utopias at Tor.com.


Tobias Carroll examined the wave of nonfiction novels at Read It Forward.


Authors discussed their writing rituals and first drafts at Literary Hub.


Drowned in Sound reconsidered Elliott Smith's self-titled album.



also at Largehearted Boy:

Support Largehearted Boy

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

List of Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)
weekly music release lists


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December 8, 2016

Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists Update - December 8th

The Largehearted Boy List of Online 'Best of 2016' Book Lists

For the ninth straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find. As the lists appear online, I will add them to the master list, updating daily.

The Master List of Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists

Please feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online year-end book list I have missed.

Other daily updates to the 2016 master list.

Revisit previous years' collections of year-end book lists: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2000-2009 (best of the decade).


Today's additions to the Online Year-end "Best of 2015" Book Lists:

Amazon (bestselling books)
Ashland Gazette (top books)
Beyond Chron (top books)
Bioteaching (best history of science books)
Bloomberg (best books)
Bookish (best books)
Boston Globe (best books)
The Bottle Imp (best Scottish books)
BuzzFeed (book covers)
Carnegie Library (best books for babies)
Katie Alexandra (favourite books)
Largehearted Boy (favorite nonfiction)
Largehearted Boy (favorite short story collections)
London Evening Standard (best music books)
London Theatre (top theatre books)
Marin Academy Library (top books)
Minnesota Public Radio (best nonfiction)
Momma Blogs a Lot (favorite books)
My Weekly (best books)
New York Times (best book covers)
NSTA (best STEM books for K-12 students)
Nylon (best books)
PDN (notable photo books)
Philadelphia Inquirer (best books)
Signature (overlooked books)
Singing & Slaying (favorite books)
Slate - Mark O'Connell (best books)
Smithsonian (best books about innovation)


also at Largehearted Boy:

other daily updates to the master list

Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2015" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2014" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2013" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2012" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2010" Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Book Lists
Online "Best Books of 2009" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2008" Lists

2016 Online Year-end Music Lists
2015 Online Year-end Music Lists
2014 Online Year-end Music Lists
2013 Online Year-end Music Lists
2012 Online Year-end Music Lists
2011 Online Year-end Music Lists
2010 Online Year-end Music Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Music Lists
2009 Online Year-end Music Lists
2008 Online Year-end Music Lists
2007 Online Year-end Music Lists
2006 Online Year-end Music Lists
other lists at Largehearted Boy

Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (comics recommendations)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)


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Shorties (2016's Overlooked Books, Laura Stevenson's Replacements Cover, and more)

Signature listed the year's overlooked books.


Stream Laura Stevenson's cover of the Replacements' "Alex Chilton."


36 "best books of 2016" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy Saturday (bringing the total number to 537), including Book Riot's best books, the New York Times' best baking cookbooks, Southern Living's best southern cookbooks, and Newsweek's favorite books.

See also:

Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting "best of 2016" music lists


Ebooks on sale for $1.99 today:

Beer Money by Frances Stroh
Edward Unspooled by Craig Lancaster
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut
I Served the King of England by Bohumil Hrabal
Memento Mori by Muriel Spark
Memoirs by Tennessee Williams
Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
The Nasty Bits by Anthony Bourdain
Seiobo There Below by László Krasznahorkai
The Sky Over Lima by Juan Gómez Bárcena
Slapstick by Kurt Vonnegut
Sweet Caress by William Boyd
Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut
Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
Vertigo by W.G. Sebald
Welcome to the Monkeyhouse by Kurt Vonnegut

eBooks on sale for $2.99 today:

Beasts and Children by Amy Parker
You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas by Augusten Burroughs


Vice shared an excerpt from Kathleen Collins's short story collection Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?.


The Austin Chronicle profiled Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg.


Kia Corthron’s novel The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter has been awarded the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.


John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats shared his top albums of the year with BrooklynVegan.


Ha Jin discussed his new novel with the Dallas News.


Drowned in Sound interviewed Chris Leo of the band The Van Pelt.


Electric Literature recommended books about alien encounters.


Paste ranked Nick Drake songs.


Eleven PDX interviewed author Kait Heacock.


Stream video of a recent Lucinda Williams live performance.


Vice features a new short story by Roxane Gay.



also at Largehearted Boy:

Support Largehearted Boy

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

List of Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)
weekly music release lists


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December 7, 2016

Favorite Nonfiction of 2016

These are the nonfiction books I have most recommended to family, friends, and everyone who has crossed my path this year (my personal metric for "favorite").

Where applicable, I have reposted my original short review.

What was your favorite nonfiction book of 2016?


The Art of Waiting

The Art of Waiting by Belle Boggs

Belle Boggs' essay collection The Art of Waiting is a brilliant and empathetic meditation on infertility and childlessness.


Boy Erased

Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

Garrard Conley's memoir Boy Erased is one of the year's most moving and important books.


Known and Strange Things

Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole

Teju Cole's essay collection Known and Strange Things is thoughtful and lyrical over a variety of subjects, yet another outstanding book from one of the finest writers working today.


The Narrow Door

The Narrow Door by Paul Lisicky

Paul Lisicky's The Narrow Door is a beautifully told, honest, and poignant memoir of friendship, love, and loss.


Riverine

Riverine by Angela Palm

Angela Palm's Riverine is lyrical, surprising, and evocative, and one of the year's most powerful memoirs.


White Sands

White Sands by Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer is a master at illuminating both the personal and the universal, and that has never been more evident than in his new essay collection White Sands.


also at Largehearted Boy:

online "best of 2016" book lists

Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2015
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2014
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2013
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2012
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2011
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2010
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2009
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2008

Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2016

previous lists at Largehearted Boy
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comic Preview (weekly comics recommendations)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
LIbrairie Drawn and Quarterly Books of the week (weekly book recommendations)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews


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Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists Update - December 7th

The Largehearted Boy List of Online 'Best of 2016' Book Lists

For the ninth straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find. As the lists appear online, I will add them to the master list, updating daily.

The Master List of Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists

Please feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online year-end book list I have missed.

Other daily updates to the 2016 master list.

Revisit previous years' collections of year-end book lists: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2000-2009 (best of the decade).


Today's additions to the Online Year-end "Best of 2015" Book Lists:

A.J. Juliani (best books for teachers and learners)
Audiofile Magazine (best audiobooks)
Blogging Theologically (best books)
Book Riot (best books)
Booksaremyfavouriteandbest (books on multiple "best books" lists)
Bookworm Blues (best books)
Brain Pickings (best science books)
The Brooklyn Rail (art books)
Chicago Public Library (best books)
Chicago Review of Books (best fiction)
The Christian Revolution (top books)
Cleveland Plain Dealer (wine books)
eric forbes’s book addict’s guide to good books (favourite books)
Five Books - Diane Coyle (best economics books)
Globe and Mail (best business books)
Greater Good (favorite books)
Guardian (top travel books)
Librairie Drawn and Quarterly - Helen (favourite books)
Minnesota Public Radio (best fiction)
New York Times (best baking cookbooks)
Newinbooks (best mystery books)
Newsweek (favorite books)
Novel Novice (best young adult books)
Pedrol (best books)
Photo-Eye (best photobooks)
PopCrush (best young adult books)
Pulp Curry (top books)
Richard Branson (favorite books)
Slate (best book covers)
Slate (favorite comics)
Southern Living (best southern cookbooks)
Time Out New York (best books)
Toronto Star (best books)
Vulture (best books)
Wanderlust (best books)
Washington Independent Review of Books (favorite books)


also at Largehearted Boy:

other daily updates to the master list

Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2015" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2014" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2013" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2012" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2010" Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Book Lists
Online "Best Books of 2009" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2008" Lists

2016 Online Year-end Music Lists
2015 Online Year-end Music Lists
2014 Online Year-end Music Lists
2013 Online Year-end Music Lists
2012 Online Year-end Music Lists
2011 Online Year-end Music Lists
2010 Online Year-end Music Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Music Lists
2009 Online Year-end Music Lists
2008 Online Year-end Music Lists
2007 Online Year-end Music Lists
2006 Online Year-end Music Lists
other lists at Largehearted Boy

Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (comics recommendations)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)


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Shorties (Copyeditor Fidel Castro, The Top Songs of 2016, and more)

The Guardian reported that Fidel Castro helped copyedit the books of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.


Gorilla Vs. Bear listed its top songs of 2016.


25 "best books of 2016" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy Saturday (bringing the total number to 501), including NPR's best book lists, No Depression's best music books, and Esquire's best books.


Ebooks on sale for $1.99 today:

Beer Money by Frances Stroh
Edward Unspooled by Craig Lancaster
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut
I Served the King of England by Bohumil Hrabal
Memento Mori by Muriel Spark
Memoirs by Tennessee Williams
Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
The Nasty Bits by Anthony Bourdain
Seiobo There Below by László Krasznahorkai
The Sky Over Lima by Juan Gómez Bárcena
Slapstick by Kurt Vonnegut
Sweet Caress by William Boyd
Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut
Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
Vertigo by W.G. Sebald
Welcome to the Monkeyhouse by Kurt Vonnegut

eBooks on sale for $2.99 today:

Beasts and Children by Amy Parker
You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas by Augusten Burroughs


Mat Johnson and Samuel Sattin discussed writing both comics and novels at Paste.


Signature offered a month-by-month recap of 2016 in books.


Aquarium Drunkard shared a pair of vintage holiday mixtapes.


Literary Hub shared an excerpt from Michael J. Seidlinger's novel Falter Kingdom.


All Songs Considered recapped 2016 in music.


BuzzFeed examined the influence of Cheryl Strayed's memoir Wild on Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life.


Stream a new Kristin Kontrol song.


Fresh Air interviewed Maria Semple about her novel Today Will Be Different.


Fiona Apple shared an anti-Trump song.


A new feminist literary magazine, ROAR, is being crowdfunded.


Stream Shonen Knife's "We Wish You a Merry Christmas."


Author Matthew Spektor talked sports with Eephus.


Stream a new Ryan Adams song.


The Believer interviewed author D. Foy.


The Washed Up Emo podcast interviewed author Jason Diamond.


Electric Literature interviewed author Brit Bennett.



also at Largehearted Boy:

Support Largehearted Boy

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

List of Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)
weekly music release lists


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December 6, 2016

Favorite Short Story Collections of 2016

These are the short fiction collections I have recommended most to blog readers, friends, and family throughout the year.

All links go to the authors' contributions to the Book Notes series. I have reposted my original comments for each book.

What was your favorite short story collection of 2016?


Clothed, Female Figure

Clothed, Female Figure by Kirstin Allio

Kirstin Allio's stunning short fiction collection Clothed, Female Figure is filled with skillfully crafted stories of complex women.


Heartbreaker

Heartbreaker by Maryse Meijer

The stories in Maryse Meijer's debut collection Heartbreaker are dark, fierce, and sharply drawn.


Insurrections

Insurrections by Rion Amilcar Scott

Rion Amilcar Scott's short story collection Insurrections is an auspicious debut.


The Jungle Around Us

The Jungle Around Us by Anne Raeff

Anne Raeff's collection The Jungle Around Us, awarded the 2015 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, is filled with exceptionally nuanced and poignant stories.


Him, Me, Muhammad Ali

Him, Me, Muhammad Ali by Randa Jarrar

The stories in Randa Jarrar's debut collection Him, Me, Muhammad Ali are inventive, lyrical, and marvelously diverse.


Swallowed by the Cold

Swallowed by the Cold by AUTHOR

Jensen Beach's impressive story collection Swallowed by the Cold is one of the year's most rewarding (and unsettling) books.


The Unfinished World

The Unfinished World by Amber Sparks

The stories Amber Sparks new short fiction collection The Unfinished World are imaginative and richly told, fantastic in every sense of the word.


We Show What We Have Learned

We Show What We Have Learned by Clare Beams

Clare Beams' short story collection We Show What We Have Learned is an imaginative and often startling debut.


You May See a Stranger

You May See a Stranger by Paula Whyman

Paula Whyman's linked story collection You May See a Stranger masterfully follows the life of its protagonist, Miranda Weber.


also at Largehearted Boy:

online "best of 2016" book lists

Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2015
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2014
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2013
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2012
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2011
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2010
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2009
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2008

previous lists at Largehearted Boy
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews
52 Books, 52 Weeks book reviews


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Essential and Interesting 2016 Year-End Music Lists

The Largehearted Boy List of Essential and Interesting 2016 Year-End Music Lists

I will aggregate essential and most interesting "best of 2016" year-end music lists as I have in past years, and update this post regularly.

Revisit the lists for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, 2000-2009 (best of the decade lists), 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.


The A.V. Club (year in band names)
All Songs Considered (best overlooked songs)
American Songwriter (top albums)
American Songwriter (top songs)
AXS (best Americana albums)
Berkeley Place (top albums)
BrooklynVegan (best emo/punk albums)
Chicago Tribune (best classical albums)
Chicago Tribune - Greg Kot (best albums)
Complex (best albums)
Consequence of Sound (top metal albums)
Consequence of Sound (top punk songs)
Consequence of Sound (top songs)
Crave (best electronic albums)
Crave (best rock albums)
The Current (staff top songs lists)
Decibel (top albums)
Diffuser (top albums)
Elle (best songs)
Entertainment Weekly (best albums)
Entertainment Weekly (best and worst holiday albums)
Entertainment Weekly (best songs)
Esquire (best albums)
FasterLouder (best metal albums)
Fuse (best albums)
Fuse (best songs)
Glide Magazine (best albums)
Gorilla Vs Bear (top albums)
Gorilla Vs Bear (top songs)
Houston Press (best country albums)
Idolator (best albums)
Independent (best albums)
Irish Times (best albums)
KCRW (best albums)
LA Music Blog (top albums)
LA Music Blog (top music videos)
Loudwire (best rock albums)
The Metal Addicts (top albums)
MOJO (top albums)
musicOMH (top albums)
New York Observer (best hip-hop albums)
New York Observer (best songs)
New York Times (best albums)
New York Times (best songs)
NME (songs of the year)
NME (top albums)
Noisey (best albums)
NPR Music (best music)
Observer (best pop and rock albums)
Pandora (top songs)
Paste (best albums)
Paste (best live acts)
Pitchfork (best music videos)
Pitchfork (best pop and R&B albums)
Pitchfork (best rock albums)
Pitchfork (top rap albums)
PopCrush (best pop albums)
PopMatters (best music)
The Prog Report (best prog albums)
The Quietus (albums)
The Quietus (best jazz albums)
The Quietus (best punk and hardcore)
Revolver (best albums)
The Ringer (albums)
Rolling Stone (best albums)
Rolling Stone (best country albums)
Rolling Stone (best songs)
Rough Trade (best albums)
The Skinny (top albums)
Slant (best albums)
Stereogum (best albums)
Stereogum (best jazz albums)
Stereogum (best new bands)
Stereogum (best rap albums)
Stereogum (best rap verses)
Stereogum (EPs)
Stereogum (favorite songs)
Stereogum (holiday albums)
Taste of Country (best country albums)
Telegraph (best albums)
Thump (best albums)
Time (best albums)
Time (top pop music videos)
Time (worst songs)
Treble (best metal albums)
Ultimate Classic Rock (top classic rock albums)
Uncut (top albums)
Vulture (best albums)
Vulture (best songs)
WIRED (great albums you might have missed)
XXL (best hip-hop songs)


also at Largehearted Boy:

2015 Year-End Online Music Lists
2014 Year-End Online Music Lists
2013 Year-End Online Music Lists
2012 Year-End Online Music Lists
2011 Year-End Online Music Lists
2010 Year-End Online Music Lists
2009 Year-End Online Music Lists
2008 Year-End Online Music Lists
2007 Year-End Online Music Lists
2006 Year-End Online Music Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Music Lists

Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2015" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2014" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2013" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2012" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2010" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2009" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2008" Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Book Lists

other lists at Largehearted Boy
100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Daily Downloads (free & legal mp3 downloads)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
musician/author interviews


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Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists Update - December 6th

The Largehearted Boy List of Online 'Best of 2016' Book Lists

For the ninth straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find. As the lists appear online, I will add them to the master list, updating daily.

The Master List of Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists

Please feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online year-end book list I have missed.

Other daily updates to the 2016 master list.

Revisit previous years' collections of year-end book lists: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2000-2009 (best of the decade).


Today's additions to the Online Year-end "Best of 2015" Book Lists:

Air & Space (best aviation- and space-themed books for young readers)
Bill Gates (best books)
Boston Globe (best cookbooks)
Caryn, The Book Whisperer (best books)
Crave (best art books)
Dallas Voice (books)
Derek Beaulieu (most engaging books)
Esquire (best books)
Forever Young Adult (favorite books)
Guardian (best architecture books)
Hub & Spoke (favourite books)
Huffington Post (best fiction)
Katy Huth Jones (best books)
LitReactor (best books)
Minnesota Public Radio (best young adult books)
Music Is My Sanctuary (best music books)
No Depression (best music books)
NPR (best books)
Paste (best comics)
Paul Sohn (best books)
Readings (top American novels)
Russell Moore (top books)
Seminary Co-op (favorite books)
Sydney Daily Telegraph (best cookbooks)
Tor.com (best books)


also at Largehearted Boy:

other daily updates to the master list

Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2015" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2014" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2013" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2012" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2010" Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Book Lists
Online "Best Books of 2009" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2008" Lists

2015 Online Year-end Music Lists
2014 Online Year-end Music Lists
2013 Online Year-end Music Lists
2012 Online Year-end Music Lists
2011 Online Year-end Music Lists
2010 Online Year-end Music Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Music Lists
2009 Online Year-end Music Lists
2008 Online Year-end Music Lists
2007 Online Year-end Music Lists
2006 Online Year-end Music Lists
other lists at Largehearted Boy

Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (comics recommendations)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)


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Shorties (Ann Patchett's Recommended Independent Bookstores, NPR Music's Top Songs of 2016, and more)

Ann Patchett recommended independent bookstores to visit.


NPR Music named its top 100 songs of 2016.


38 "best books of 2016" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy Saturday (bringing the total number to 476), including Kirkus Reviews' nonfiction lists, the Observers best biographies, and Laura Miller's favorite books.


Ebooks on sale for $1.99 today:

Beer Money by Frances Stroh
Edward Unspooled by Craig Lancaster
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut
I Served the King of England by Bohumil Hrabal
Memento Mori by Muriel Spark
Memoirs by Tennessee Williams
Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
The Nasty Bits by Anthony Bourdain
Seiobo There Below by László Krasznahorkai
The Sky Over Lima by Juan Gómez Bárcena
Slapstick by Kurt Vonnegut
Sweet Caress by William Boyd
Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut
Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
Vertigo by W.G. Sebald
Welcome to the Monkeyhouse by Kurt Vonnegut

eBooks on sale for $2.99 today:

Beasts and Children by Amy Parker
You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas by Augusten Burroughs


The Quietus listed its albums of the year.


Elle hosted a discussion between authors Piyali Bhattacharya and Tanwi Nandini Islam.


Stream the Beatles' Christmas Singles Club songs at Aquarium Drunkard.


Book Riot recommended December's best new graphic novels.


Stream Anohni's "Obama" video.


VICE's annual fiction issue is online and features new stories by Roxane Gay, Ottessa Moshfegh, Rachel Cusk, and others.


Stream a new Six Organs of Admittance song.


Bookworm interviewed author Mitch Sisskind.


Stream a new Hurray for the Riff Raff song.


Ms. interviewed author Mary Karr.


Stream Sloan's new holiday song.


CCM interviewed author Janice Lee.


The Austin American-Statesman interviewed singer-songwriter Amanda Shires.


Vol. 1 Brooklyn interviewed author Vi Khi Nao.



also at Largehearted Boy:

Support Largehearted Boy

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

List of Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)
weekly music release lists


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