Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. End-of-year lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

Kate Tuttle: 20 Best Nonfiction Books of 2016

Kate Tuttle: 20 Best Nonfiction Books of 2016 (as published by The Boston Globe)

  • All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation – Rebecca Traister
  • At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails – Sarah Bakewell
  • Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary – Joe Jackson
  • Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America – Patrick Phillips
  • Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy – Heather Ann Thompson
  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City – Matthew Desmond
  • Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck – Adam Cohen
  • Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul – James McBride
  • Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies – Ross King
  • Moscow Nights: The Van Cliburn Story-How One Man and His Piano Transformed the Cold War – Nigel Cliff
  • On Trails: An Exploration – Robert Moor
  • One of These Things First – Steven Gaines
  • Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon – Bronwen Dickey
  • Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life – Ruth Franklin
  • The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father – Kao Kalia Yang
  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America – Ibram X. Kendi
  • Time Travel: A History – James Gleick
  • Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy – Cathy O’Neil
  • White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide – Carol Anderson
  • Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File – John Edgar Wideman

John Freeman: 15 Best Fiction Books of 2016

John Freeman: 15 Best Fiction Books of 2016 (as published by The Boston Globe)

  • The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
  • Ema the Captive – César Aira
  • LaRose – Louise Erdrich
  • In the Café of Lost Youth – Patrick Modiano
  • Barkskins – Annie Proulx
  • The Queen of the Night – Alexander Chee
  • The Fox Was Ever the Hunter – Herta Müller
  • The Year of the Runaways – Sunjeev Sahota
  • My Name Is Lucy Barton – Elizabeth Strout
  • The Good Lieutenant – Whitney Terrell
  • Thus Bad Begins – Javier Marias
  • Zero K – Don DeLillo
  • Our Young Man – Edmund White
  • The Story of a Brief Marriage – Anuk Arudpragasam
  • Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets – Svetlana Alexievich

Sonia Saraiya: 20 Best TV Shows of 2016

Sonia Saraiya: 20 Best TV Shows of 2016, as published by Variety

  1. Atlanta
  2. Silicon Valley
  3. The Girlfriend Experience
  4. Halt and Catch Fire
  5. Fleabag
  6. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  7. Better Call Saul
  8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  9. Insecure
  10. BoJack Horseman
  11. Rectify
  12. Frontline
  13. Black Mirror
  14. The Real O’Neals
  15. Lemonade
  16. Veep
  17. Superstore
  18. The Crown
  19. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  20. Lady Dynamite

Maureen Ryan: 20 Best TV Shows of 2016

Maureen Ryan: 20 Best TV Shows of 2016, as published by Variety

  1. Jane the Virgin
  2. Rectify
  3. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  4. Black-ish
  5. The Americans
  6. One Mississippi
  7. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  8. Atlanta
  9. Insecure
  10. Better Things
  11. Halt and Catch Fire
  12. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
  13. Catastrophe
  14. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  15. O.J.: Made in America
  16. Fleabag
  17. Transparent
  18. Stranger Things
  19. Superstore
  20. Marvel’s Agent Carter

Miriam Bale: Top 14 Films of 2016

Miriam Bale: Top 14 Films of 2016, as submitted to the Village Voice poll and posted to Twitter (14 films in total)

  1. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  2. The Love Witch – Anna Biller
  3. Lemonade – Beyoncé Knowles Carter and Kahlil Joseph with Jonas Åkerlund, Melina Matsoukas, Dikayl Rimmasch, Mark Romanek and Tod Tourso
  4. Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman
  5. No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman
  6. Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  7. Certain Women – Kelly Reichardt
  8. Cemetery of Splendour – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  9. Cameraperson – Kirsten Johnson
  10. Dirty Grandpa – Dan Mazer

As listed on Twitter

  • Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
  • Sully – Clint Eastwood
  • The Love Witch – Anna Biller
  • Lemonade – Beyoncé Knowles Carter and Kahlil Joseph with Jonas Åkerlund, Melina Matsoukas, Dikayl Rimmasch, Mark Romanek and Tod Tourso
  • Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  • Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman
  • Elle – Paul Verhoeven
  • The Dreamed Path – Angela Schanelec
  • No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman
  • The Dreamed Ones – Ruth Beckermann

John Freeman: 10 Best Poetry Books of 2016

John Freeman: 10 Best Poetry Books of 2016 (as published by The Boston Globe)

  • Odes – Sharon Olds
  • Night – Etel Adnan
  • Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems, 1995-2015 – Kevin Young
  • White Blight – Athena Farrokhzad
  • The Black Maria – Aracelis Girmay
  • House of Lords and Commons – Ishion Hutchinson
  • Olio – Tyehimba Jess
  • The Little Edges – Fred Moten
  • Look – Solmaz Sharif
  • Night Sky With Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong