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Best Books of 2017 – so far

A partial listing of titles published in 2017 that have appeared on multiple mid-year “best of” lists as chosen by various newspapers, journals, media outlets and librarians.

American War
by Omar El Akkad

The Idiot
by Elif Batuman

The Destroyers
by Christopher Bollen

Marlena
by Julie Buntin

An Extraordinary Union
by Alyssa Cole

Transit
by Rachel Cusk

Hello Sunshine
by Laura Dave

Norse Mythology
by Neil Gaiman

Not a Sound
by Heather Gudenkauf

Exit West
by Mohsin Hamid

Standard Deviation
by Katherine Heiny

Celine
by Peter Heller

Running
by Cara Hoffman

Magpie Murders
by Anthony Horowitz

Rich People Problems
by Kevin Kwan

Pachinko
by Min Jin Lee

Since We Fell
by Dennis Lehane

Woman No. 17
by Edan Lepucki

The Long Drop
by Denise Mina

Homesick for Another World
by Ottesa Moshfegh

Men without Women: Stories
by Haruki Murakami

The Refugees
by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Day I Died
by Lori Rader-Day

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
by Arundhati Roy

Lincoln in the Bardo 
by George Saunders

Startup
by Doree Shafrir

Anything Is Possible 
by Elizabeth Strout

Saints for All Occasions
by J. Courtney Sullivan

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
by Hannah Tinti

Borne
by Jeff VanderMeer

Chemistry 
by Weike Wang

No One Is Coming to Save Us
by Stephanie Powell Watts

All Systems Red
by Martha Wells

The Animators 
by Kayla Rae Whitaker

 

Nonfiction

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy
by Sheryl Sandberg  155.937 SAN

The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America
by Frances FitzGerald  277.3082 FIT

Hunger: A Memoir of My Body
by Roxane Gay  306.4613 GAY

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
by Timothy Snyder  321.9 SNY

Janesville: An American Story
by Amy Goldstein  331.137 GOL

An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back
by Elisabeth Rosenthal  362.1 ROS

The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying
by Nina Riggs  362.19699449 RIG

No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America
by Ron Powers  362.26 POW

The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell
by W. Kamau Bell  792.028 BEL

The Blood of Emmett Till
by Timothy B. Tyson  364.134 TYS

The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir
by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich  364.1523 MAR

Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love and Manic Depression
by David Leite  641.5 LEI

My Favorite Thing is Monsters 
by Emil Ferris  741.5 FER

Blind Spot
by Teju Cole  770 COL

Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night
by Jason Zinoman  791.45028 ZIN

Priestdaddy
by Patricia Lockwood  811.6 LOC

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life: Essays
by Samantha Irby  814.6 IRB

One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter
by Scaachi Koul  814.6 KOU

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
by Yuval N.Harari  909 HAR

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House
by Alyssa Mastromonaco  973.932 MAS

Killers of the Flower Moon 
by David Grann  976.6 GRA

Ernest Hemingway: A Biography
by Mary V. Dearborn  B HEMINGWAY

Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty
by John B. Boles  B JEFFERSON

Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
by Helene Cooper  B JOHNSON-SIRLEAF

The Stranger In the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
by Michael Finkel  B KNIGHT

Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire
by Kay R. Jamison  B Lowell

The Rules Do Not Apply
by Ariel Levy  305.3 LEV

 

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