Best Books of 2016 You need to see Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Teju Cole, Taiye Selasi's best reads of 2016

Guardian UK has blessed us with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Teju Cole, Taiye Selasi's best reads of 2016.

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Do you want to do some last minute read before the year ends? Or do you want to know your favourite author best reads for this year?

Guardian UK has blessed us with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Teju Cole, Taiye Selasi's best reads of 2016 and we love it too much.

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1. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie shared 3 beautiful books:

I particularly loved three beautiful books of non-fiction this year:

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s Birth of a Dream Weaver (Harvill Secker), exquisite in its honesty and truth and resilience, and a necessary chronicle from one of the greatest writers of our time.

Tash Aw’s The Face (Restless), so wise and so well done, made me wish it were much longer than it is.

Hisham Matar’s The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between (Viking), which moved me to tears and taught me about love and home.

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2. Taiye Selasi thinks these three books are awesome and worth checking out:

I absolutely adored Zadie Smith’s Swing Time (Hamish Hamilton). Fairly perfect as far as literary novels go.

Alejandro Zambra’s Multiple Choice (Granta) is, to my mind, the best of what experimental fiction can be.

Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun (Cassava Republic Press) introduced me to one of my favourite literary characters ever. Dr Morayo Da Silva is a new best friend.

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3. And of course Teju Cole's best books of 2016 are books on poetry, photography and politics.

La Calle by Alex Webb.

Alex Webb’s shadow-dazed photographs are unmistakable. La Calle is his love song to the streets of Mexico.

Float by Anne Carson

Anne Carson’s newest book of poems, Float (Jonathan Cape), is not exactly new, not a single book, mostly not poems. In 23 slender chapbooks, she pinpoints the collision of oracle and anachronism.

Ishion Hutchinson’s House of Lords and Commons (Macmillan) was the best new collection of poems I read this year. His imagistic fluency equals his moral imagination.

For Christmas, I would like Jameel Jaffer’s The Drone Memos (The New Press), a nice counterweight to the hosannas ushering Obama from office.

See full list on Guardian UK

Compliment this list with Teju Cole's essay on the 4 brilliant people every writer must read, Taiye Selasi's thoughts on African literature and why writing fiction is a form of meditation and Adichie on the complexities of the feminism movement, raising our girls and the fragile male ego

ALSO READ: Aminatta Forna,Taiye Selasi reveal best books for summer 2016

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