25 Books to Remember from 1996
Books to Remember is an annual list of 25 titles chosen for their distinct and lasting contribution to literature and/or to knowledge for the general adult reader. Selection criteria include literary excellence, information value and importance, sincerity and honesty of presentation, skill in presentation, and importance in historical context.
You can obtain a free copy of this list at any branch of The New York Public Libary. Titles on this list can be reserved for you free at your local branch.
Angela's Ashes: A Memoir
The luck of the Irish...It isn't what you think.
Arguing About Slavery: The Great Battle in the United States Congress
William Lee Miller
Congressional struggles over America's greatest moral dilemma.
The Autobiography of My Mother
The dark and bleak maturation of a motherless Caribbean island girl.
The origins and consolations of art in the voices and visions of England's most eccentric genius.
The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
A son seeks out his mother's long hidden past and discovers his own identity.
Penguin Poets [811-Dobyns]
69 poems meditating on the tragedies of life—modern and Homeric, epic and mundane.
The Discovery of Heaven
Harry Mulisch, Translated by Paul Vincent
The fated meeting of an astronomer and linguist begins the staggering process by which God will break His covenant with humankind.
Dr. Neruda's Cure for Evil
A Cuban-American psychiatrist explains his obsession with the nature of evil through a detailed examination of his life and work.
The Earth Dwellers: Adventures in the Land of Ants
An enthralling portrait of the highly developed insect communities in our midst.
Emerson Among the Eccentrics: A Group Portrait
An illuminating look at Emerson's life and relationships with his literary peers.
Forbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography
St. Martin's [809.33-S]
The noted literary scholar and critic inquires: Are there things we should NOT know?
A Heart So White
Javier Marias, Translated by Margaret Jull Costa
A chilling drama of dark family secrets and flawed relationships.
Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust
Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
A radical re-examination of how and why the Holocaust occurred.
Inventing Wonderland: The Lives and Fantasies of Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, J. M. Barrie, Kenneth Grahame, and A. A. Milne
Free Press [820.93-W]
How the depressions and repressions of five middle-aged British malse permanently affected children's literature.
Like Judgement Day: The Ruin and Redemption of a Town Called Rosewood
A vivid account of a community's destruction and the search for justice long denied.
Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn
Strayhorn is propelled from the shadow of Duke Ellington and is accorded his rightful niche in the jazz canon.
Unspoken secrets unite brothers in this story of a Japanese-Hawaiian family.
The Moor's Last Sigh
Set against the backdrop of 20th-century India, a young man recounts the epic tale of his bizarre family.
Of Tigers and Men: Entering the Age of Extinction
An exciting and moving account of the search for the doomed wild tiger.
Reading Jazz: A Gathering of Autobiography, Reportage, and Criticism from 1919 to Now
Edited by Robert Gottlieb
Talking jazz—its originality, depth, variety, and power.
Scrambled Eggs and Whiskey
Copper Canyon [811-Carruth]
Youth is wasted on the young—Carruth's poems shine with the awareness and sensitivity that age and experience bring.
Ship Fever and Other Stories
Barrett's scientifically infused stories display and uncommon understanding of the human condition.
Akira Yoshimura, Translated by Mark Ealey
A fable of survival in a medieval Japanese fishing village.
Mary Doria Russell
A Jesuit expedition to a distant planet has tragic results.
We Were the Mulvaneys
Joyce Carol Oates
When you can't protect the ones you love, it can tear you apart.
These books were selected by the following committee from the staff of The New York Public Library:
Janet Campano, Co-Chair
Nancy A. Farrell, Co-Chair
Rita E. Neri
Alice C. Phillips
Michael W. Watkins