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The Best Books to Distract You From the Dumpster Fire That Was 2016

Should 2016 be forgot and never brought to mind…

There are, no doubt, a few people who love Donald Trump, hate music, don’t like zoo animals and despise beloved actors and actresses. For the rest of us, 2016 was terrible.

This calls for distractions. We asked Fiction Advocate contributors to tell us which books they read this year that helped them forget, even for fleeting moments, that David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Gwen Ifill, Prince, and America — UPDATE: and George Michael and Carrie Fisher and her mom, Debbie Reynolds — died over the last 12 months.

In what may be the only happy coincidence of the year, the vast majority of the recommendations below come from a few people who have some of the most important things to say about 2016: Continue reading

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I Was Elected to Lead, Not to Read, Ctd.

National Review Online updates us on the president’s reading list:

Obama purchased five books on his trip to the Vineyard bookseller Bunch of Grapes: Marianna Baer’s “Frost,” Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World,” Daniel Woodrell’s “Bayou Trilogy,” Emma Donoghue’s “Room,” and Ward Just’s “Rodin’s Debutante.”

…White House aides listed for reporters the three books Obama brought with him to the Vineyard: two more novels — Abraham Verghese’s “Cutting for Stone” and David Grossman’s “To the End of the Land” — and one nonfiction work — Isabel Wilkerson’s “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.”

Cool! I’ve been meaning to read “Room.” What a neat little bit of trivia, and I…oh…what’s that National Review? Oh…you found a way to pointlessly criticize the president? I see, so “the near-absence of nonfiction sends the wrong message for any president, because it sets him up for the charge that he is out of touch with reality.” Well, it’s kind of hard to accuse anyone of being out of touch with reality when you’re criticizing a vacation reading list. So I guess that settles th– What? You have more?

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