Best Books of 1996

The New York Times Book Review

Here are the New York Times Book Review’s top books of 1996:

Fiction Selections:

After RainWilliam Trevor
The Collected Stories of Mavis GallantMavis Gallant
The Moor’s Last SighSalman Rushdie
Selected StoriesAlice Munro

Nonfiction Selections:

Angela’s AshesFrank McCourt
Bad Land: An American RomanceJonathan Raban
The Life of Nelson A. Rockefeller: Worlds to Conquer, 1908-1958Cary Reich
The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of ExtinctionsDavid Quammen

Pulitzer Prize Winning Books of 1996

Here are the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction books of 1996:

Winner: Independence DayRichard Ford
Finalist: Mr. Ives’ ChristmasOscar Hijuelos
Finalist: Sabbath’s TheaterPhilip Roth

Here are the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction books of 1996:

Winner: The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts After CommunismTina Rosenberg
Finalist: Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of LifeDaniel C. Dennett
Finalist: Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic TechnologyLawrence Weschler

Amazon’s Bestselling Books of 1996

Here are the top selling books on Amazon in 1996:

1. Executive OrdersTom Clancy
2. Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of RiskPeter L. Bernstein
3. The English PatientMichael Ondaatje
4. IdoruWilliam Gibson
5. AirframeMichael Crichton
6. Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the InternetKatie Hafner
7. Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American WestStephen E. Ambrose
8. Snow Falling on CedarsDavid Guterson
9. The Stars My DestinationAlfred Bester
10. Ender’s GameOrson Scott Card

Note: Only considering adult fiction and nonfiction titles.