Science says reading fiction could be good for your health -- here's our top 27 reads to get you started

Banu Ibrahim
January 12, 2018

2017

"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead ($12.33; amazon.com)

2016

"The Sympathizer" by Viet Thanh Nguyen ($6.99; amazon.com)

2015

"All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr ($10.70; amazon.com)

2014

"The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt ($15.66; amazon.com)

2013

"The Orphan Master's Son" by Adam Johnson ($9.74; amazon.com)

2012
No award presented

2011
"A Visit from the Goon Squad" by Jennifer Egan ($12.85; amazon.com)

2010

"Tinkers" by Paul Harding ($11.37; amazon.com)

2009

"Olive Kitteridge" by Elizabeth Strout ($8.33; amazon.com)

2008

"The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Diaz ($10; amazon.com)

2007

"The Road" by Cormac McCarthy ($9.77; amazon.com)

2006

"March" by Geraldine Brooks ($11.67; amazon.com)

2005

"Gilead" by Marilynne Robinson ($8.99; amazon.com)

2004

"The Known World" by Edward P. Jones ($7.13; amazon.com)

2003

"Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides ($10.99; amazon.com)

2002

"Empire Falls" by Richard Russo ($11.15; amazon.com)

2001

"The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" by Michael Chabon ($11.55;
amazon.com)

2000

"Interpreter of Maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri ($9.03; amazon.com)

1999

"The Hours" by Michael Cunningham ($10.25; amazon.com)

1998

"American Pastoral" by Philip Roth ($11.52; amazon.com)

1997

"Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer" by Steven Millhauser ($13.41; amazon.com)

1996

"Independence Day" by Richard Ford ($9.48; amazon.com)

1995

"The Stone Diaries" by Carol Shields ($11.37; amazon.com)

1994

"The Shipping News" by E. Annie Proulx ($9.16; amazon.com)

1993

"A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain" by Robert Olen Butler ($11.16; amazon.com)

1992

"A Thousand Acres" by Jane Smiley ($12.85; amazon.com)

1991

"Rabbit At Rest" by John Updike ($12.83; amazon.com)

1990

"The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love" by Oscar Hijuelos ($8.80; amazon.com)

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