Christian Science Monitor: 30 Best Books of 2017

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Christian Science Monitor: 30 Best Books of 2017


  • Dark at the Crossing – Elliot Ackerman
  • Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  • The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
  • Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor
  • The Golden Legend – Nadeem Aslam
  • The Leavers – Lisa Ko
  • Salt Houses – Hala Alyan
  • The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories – Penelope Lively
  • Anything Is Possible – Elizabeth Strout
  • The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry
  • The Ministry of Utmost Happiness – Arundhati Roy
  • Glass Houses – Louise Penny
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward


  • The New Odyssey: The Story of the Twenty-First Century Refugee Crisis – Patrick Kingsley
  • The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao – Ian Johnson
  • Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War – Daniel J. Sharfstein
  • I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad – Souad Mekhennet
  • Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam – Mark Bowden
  • Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans – James Stavridis
  • Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls’ Escape from Slavery to Union Hero – Cate Lineberry
  • Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship – Michelle Kuo
  • Henry David Thoreau: A Life – Laura Dassow Walls
  • An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic – Daniel Mendelsohn
  • The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia – Masha Gessen
  • Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II – Liza Mundy
  • The Gourmands’ Way: Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy – Justin Spring
  • Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary – Walter Stahr
  • Grant – Ron Chernow
  • Lenin: The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror – Victor Sebestyen
  • Calder: The Conquest of Time: The Early Years: 1898-1940 – Jed Perl