Chicago Public Library Announces Best Books of 2019

It is not exaggeration, we think, to suggest that lists make the world go round. And it’s a time of deeply important lists: there’s the last-minute Thanksgiving grocery list, sundry holiday wish lists, your budget. Then there’s hallowed year-end book lists, specifically the Chicago Public Library’s Best Books of 2019: Top Ten, announced just moments ago. Feast your eyes upon these 10 outstanding adult titles, selected by our very own Chicago librarians, below. Plus, for 11 more Best of the Best lists, including picks for adults, teens, and children, click here.

An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago, by Alex Kotlowitz

The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett

The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead

Normal People, by Sally Rooney

Olive, Again, by Elizabeth Strout

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, by Ocean Vuong

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, by Patrick Radden Keefe

The Starless Sea, by Erin Morgenstern

The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Yellow House, by Sarah M. Broom


PS. Calling all list lovers! Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 12, the day Booklist will officially announce our Top of the List picks. And be sure to watch our Twitter for an ongoing celebration of best-of lists from libraries nationwide.

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