Auckland Libraries: Top 10 best of the decade

Top 10 best of the decade

The top 10 best books of 2011 - 2020, as curated by our librarians for the Auckland Libraries Top 100 list.

Americanah

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country. Ifemelu departs for America. There she feels the weight of something she never thought of back home: race.

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Auē

Becky Manawatu

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Taukiri was born into sorrow. Auē can be heard in the sound of the sea and in his music. It spills out of the violence that killed his father and sent his mother into hiding, and the shame he feels about abandoning little brother to a violent home.

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Station eleven

Emily St. John Mandel

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One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. A suspenseful, elegiac and spellbinding novel.

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The fifth season

N. K. Jemisin

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Three terrible things happen in one day. Essun comes home to find that her husband has murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. The empire is about to collapse and a volcano starts spewing ash that will darken the sky for years to come.

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Between the world and me

Ta-Nehisi Coates

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For Ta-Nehisi Coates, history has always been personal. At every stage of his life, he's sought answers to the mysteries that surrounded him-most urgently, why he, and other black people he knew, seemed to live in fear.

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The sellout

Paul Beatty

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The narrator of this satire resigns himself to the fate of many other Californians: to die in the same bedroom he'd grown up in, looking up at a crack in the ceiling that had been there since the '68 quake. But then his town disappears off the map.

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The Parihaka woman

Witi Ihimaera

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Richly imaginative and original, weaving together fact and fiction, this book sets the remarkable story of Erenora against the historical background of the turbulent and compelling events that occurred in Parihaka during the 1870s and 1880s.

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Exit west

Mohsin Hamid

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Saeed and Nadia are a young couple who must flee their collapsing city because the streets are no longer safe and all their options are exhausted. They join hordes of others, hoping against hope and looking for a better place in the world.

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The three-body problem

Cixin Liu

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Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. This near-future trilogy is from China's most beloved science fiction author.

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The Nickel boys

Colson Whitehead

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As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart. He is 'as good as anyone'. But in the South of the early 1960s, one tiny mistake is enough to destroy his future.

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