New York Times: 100 Notable Books of 2017

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New York Times Book Review: 100 Notable Books of 2017

Fiction & Poetry

  • American War – Omar El Akkad
  • Anything Is Possible – Elizabeth Strout
  • Autumn – Ali Smith
  • Bad Dreams and Other Stories – Tessa Hadley
  • Beautiful Animals – Lawrence Osborne
  • The Book of Joan – Lidia Yuknavitch
  • A Boy in Winter – Rachel Seiffert
  • The Changeling – Victor LaValle
  • Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days – Jeanette Winterson
  • Dance of the Jakaranda – Peter Kimani
  • The Dark Flood Rises – Margaret Drabble
  • The Dinner Party: Stories – Joshua Ferris
  • The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry
  • Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
  • Fast – Jorie Graham
  • Five-Carat Soul – James McBride
  • Forest Dark – Nicole Krauss
  • 4 3 2 1 – Paul Auster
  • Fresh Complaint – Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Future Home of the Living God – Louise Erdrich
  • Giving Godhead – Dylan Krieger
  • History of Wolves – Emily Fridlund
  • Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie
  • Homesick for Another World – Ottessa Moshfegh
  • A Horse Walks into a Bar – David Grossman
  • The Idiot – Elif Batuman
  • Ill Will – Dan Chaon
  • A Kind of Freedom – Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
  • Less – Andrew Sean Greer
  • Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  • Manhattan Beach – Jennifer Egan
  • Mrs. Osmond – John Banville
  • My Absolute Darling – Gabriel Tallent
  • New People – Danzy Senna
  • The Ninth Hour – Alice McDermott
  • Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
  • The Power – Naomi Alderman
  • The Refugees – Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Selection Day – Aravind Adiga
  • A Separation – Katie Kitamura
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
  • Six Four – Hideo Yokoyama
  • Stay with Me – Ayobami Adebayo
  • The Stone Sky – N.K. Jemisin
  • Ties – Domenico Starnone
  • Transit – Rachel Cusk
  • Waking Lions – Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
  • WHEREAS – Layli Long Soldier
  • White Tears – Hari Kunzru
  • Who Is Rich? – Matthew Klam

Nonfiction

  • Age of Anger: A History of the Present – Pankaj Mishra
  • American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land – Monica Hesse
  • Animals Strike Curious Poses – Elena Passarello
  • The Blood of Emmett Till – Timothy B. Tyson
  • Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood – Trevor Noah
  • Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News – Kevin Young
  • Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom – Thomas E. Ricks
  • The Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick – Elizabeth Hardwick
  • A Colony in a Nation – Chris Hayes
  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America – Richard Rothstein
  • The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic – Ganesh Sitaraman
  • The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World – Maya Jasanoff
  • The Death and Life of the Great Lakes – Dan Egan
  • Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap? – Graham Allison
  • Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency – Joshua Green
  • The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America – Frances FitzGerald
  • The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World – and Us – Richard O. Prum
  • Fasting and Feasting: The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray – Adam Federman
  • Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London – Lauren Elkin
  • Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson – Gordon S. Wood
  • The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia – Masha Gessen
  • Generation Revolution: On the Front Line Between Tradition and Change in the Middle East – Rachel Aspden
  • The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars – Dava Sobel
  • Grant – Ron Chernow
  • Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919 – Mike Wallace
  • The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea – Jack E. Davis
  • Hamlet Globe to Globe: Two Years, 193,000 Miles, 197 Countries, One Play – Dominic Dromgoole
  • Henry David Thoreau: A Life – Laura Dassow Walls
  • The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution – Yuri Slezkine
  • The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography – Edmund Gordon
  • Janesville: An American Story – Amy Goldstein
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – David Grann
  • Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White – Michael Tisserand
  • Lenin: The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror – Victor Sebestyen
  • Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night – Jason Zinoman
  • Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America – James Forman Jr.
  • Looking for The Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic – Alice Kaplan
  • The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story – Douglas Preston
  • Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century – Jessica Bruder
  • Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World – Suzy Hansen
  • Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder – Caroline Fraser
  • Priestdaddy – Patricia Lockwood
  • The Songs We Know Best: John Ashbery’s Early Life – Karin Roffman
  • Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City – Julia Wertz
  • To Siri with Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines – Judith Newman
  • The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds – Michael Lewis
  • We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • What Happened – Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech – Franklin Foer
  • You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn – Wendy Lesser