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January 2016 Book List



Independent Booksellers – these are some of the books that sold well at Independent Bookshops in the first half of January, 2016. Not all of these books are new releases.

The Revenant by Michael Punke

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

Descent by Tim Johnston

The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian

The Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins

Rules for a Knight by Ethan Hawke

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink

The Past by Tessa Hadley

After Alice by Gregory Maguire

Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro

House of the Rising Sun by James Lee Burke

The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra

Tom Clancy Commander in Chief by Mark Greaney

The Mare by Mary Gaitskill

A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George

The Danish Girl by David Evershoff

The Door by Magda Szabo

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm

The Song of Hartgrove Hall by Natasha Solomons

Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova

Amazon – Amazon gives a list of the ten best new books for each month. This list will start with a few titles from December because I did not do a book list in December and then I will give the titles from January.

Boys in the Trees by Carly Simon (Memoir)

The Relic Master: A Novel by Christopher Buckley

House of the Rising Sun: A Novel by James Lee Burke

The Short Drop by Matthew Fitzsimmons

The Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins

Like Family: A Novel by Paolo Giordano, Anne Milano Appel

The Age of Reinvention: A Novel by Karine Tull

Time and Time Again: A Novel by Ben Elton

Time of Departure: A Novel by Douglas Schofield


My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

The Past: A Novel by Tessa Hadley

The Expatriates: A Novel by Janice Y. K. Lee

Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sumil Yapa

This Census-Taker by China Miéville

Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt

The Longest Night: A Novel by Andria Williams

Fallen Land: A Novel by Taylor Brown

The Kindness of Enemies: A Novel by Leila Aboulela

The Other Me by Saskia Sarginson

Couple Mechanics by Nelly Alard, Adriana Hunta

Mystery and Thriller

Dictator: A Novel (Ancient Rome Trilogy) by Robert Harris

Scandalous Behavior by Stuart Woods

Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin

River Road: A Novel by Carol Goodman

The Drifter by Nicholas Petrie

Terms of Use by Scott Allan Morrison

A Paper Son by Jason Bucholz

Hunters in the Dark: A Novel by Lawrence Osborn


When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese

The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson

The Sound of Gravel – A Memoir by Ruth Wariner

The Lost Tudor Princess: The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas by Alison Weir

The Gilded Razor: A Memoir by Sam Lansky

Sharon Tate: A Life by Ed Sanders

Loving Amy: A Mother’s Story by Janis Winehouse

The Lovers: Afghanistan’s Romeo and Juliet the true story of How They Defied Their Families and Escaped an Honor Killing by Rod Nordland

Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Census-Taker by Ching Miéville

The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine

Skinner Luce by Partricia Sarrafian Ward

Blue Darker Than Black: A Thriller by Mike Jenne

A title I saw in the New York Times and forgot to add to my list

Numero Zero by Umberto Eco

Publisher’s Weekly – I did not find these titles on anyone else’s radar except for Bryson’s memoir so these are most likely new releases.

The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson

The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull

The Goblin’s Puzzle by Andrew Chilton

What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell

Real Tigers by Mick Herron

We are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendship by Paul Lisicky

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

A Song for the Brokenhearted by William Shaw

Compiled by Nancy Brisson