Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. End-of-year lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source. We note, of course, that it's not even December, yet. People. People! Lists are crashing down upon us unusually early. But here we go…

Charles Bramesco: 25 Best Films of 2017

Call Me by Your Name - Luca Guadagnino

Charles Bramesco: 25 Best Films of 2017 (as posted to Letterboxd)

  1. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  2. A Ghost Story – David Lowery
  3. Baby Driver – Edgar Wright
  4. Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  5. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  6. The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro
  7. Manifesto – Julian Rosefeldt
  8. The Disaster Artist – James Franco
  9. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  10. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  11. The Lure – Agnieszka Smoczynska
  12. The Square – Ruben Östlund
  13. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  14. The Beguiled – Sofia Coppola
  15. Okja – Bong Joon-ho
  16. Logan Lucky – Steven Soderbergh
  17. The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Yorgos Lanthimos
  18. Graduation – Cristian Mungiu
  19. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – Luc Besson
  20. A Cure for Wellness – Gore Verbinski
  21. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  22. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – Noah Baumbach
  23. Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello
  24. Wonderstruck – Todd Haynes
  25. Song to Song – Terrence Malick

Andy Greenwald: Top Ten TV Shows of 2017

Andy Greenwald: Top Ten TV Shows of 2017 (as posted to Twitter)

  1. Twin Peaks: The Return
  2. The Young Pope
  3. The Leftovers
  4. The Deuce
  5. Glow
  6. Mindhunter
  7. Top of the Lake: China Girl
  8. Insecure
  9. The Good Place
  10. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Joseph Salvatore: Best 50 Books of 2017

The Power - Naomi Alderman

Joseph Salvatore: Best 50 Books of 2017 (as published by The Brooklyn Rail)

Nonfiction

  1. China Lake: A Journey into the Contradicted Heart of a Global Climate Catastrophe – Barret Baumgart
  2. The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir – Thi Bui
  3. Cornell ’77: The Music, the Myth, and the Magnificence of the Grateful Dead’s Concert at Barton Hall – Peter Conners
  4. Je Suis L’Autre: Essays & Interrogations – Kristina Marie Darling
  5. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
  6. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes – Dan Egan
  7. The Doubles – Scott Esposito
  8. Do I Make Myself Clear?: Why Writing Well Matters – Harold Evans
  9. Abandon Me – Melissa Febos
  10. World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech – Franklin Foer
  11. Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life – Ruth Franklin
  12. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body – Roxane Gay
  13. Sunshine State – Sarah Gerard
  14. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – David Grann
  15. Knowing Knott: Essays on an American Poet – Edited by Steven Huff
  16. Question Like a Face – Christine Hume and Jeff Clark
  17. Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers – Taisia Kitaiskaia
  18. After Kathy Acker – Chris Kraus
  19. Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions – Valeria Luiselli
  20. Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process – John McPhee
  21. After the Eclipse: A Mother’s Murder, a Daughter’s Search – Sarah Perry
  22. The Mother of All Questions – Rebecca Solnit
  23. The Blood of Emmett Till – Timothy B. Tyson
  24. Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe – Inara Verzemnieks
  25. The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock – David Weigel

Fiction

  1. The Power – Naomi Alderman
  2. The Hunger Saint – Olivia Kate Cerrone
  3. So Many Olympic Exertions – Anelise Chen
  4. American War – Omar El Akkad
  5. Future Home of the Living God – Louise Erdrich
  6. The Gypsy Moth Summer – Julia Fierro
  7. The Iliac Crest – Cristina Rivera Garza
  8. The Epiphany Machine – David Burr Gerrard
  9. The Gargoyle Hunters – John Freeman Gill
  10. Bad Dreams and Other Stories – Tessa Hadley
  11. Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
  12. A Separation – Katie Kitamura
  13. The Leavers – Lisa Ko
  14. Stranger, Father, Beloved – Taylor Larsen
  15. Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
  16. Dear Cyborgs – Eugene Lim
  17. Her Body and Other Parties – Carmen Maria Machado
  18. The Ninth Hour – Alice McDermott
  19. My Heart Hemmed In – Marie NDiaye
  20. Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
  21. The Standard Grand – Jay Baron Nicorvo
  22. Heritage of Smoke – Josip Novakovich
  23. Refrigerated Music for a Gleaming Woman – Aimee Parkison
  24. Wait Till You See Me Dance – Deb Olin Unferth
  25. Sour Heart – Jenny Zhang

Joseph Salvatore: Best 25 Poetry Books of 2017

Advances in Embroidery: Poems, with Translations from Mahmoud Darwish - Ahmad Al-Ashqar

Joseph Salvatore: Best 25 Poetry Books of 2017 (as published by The Brooklyn Rail)

  1. Advances in Embroidery: Poems, with Translations from Mahmoud Darwish – Ahmad Al-Ashqar
  2. Calling a Wolf a Wolf – Kaveh Akbar
  3. Bye-Bye Land – Christian Barter
  4. Before the Drought – Margo Berdeshevsky
  5. Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 – Frank Bidart
  6. Let’s Not Live on Earth – Sarah Blake
  7. Second Nature – Patricia Carlin
  8. Barbie Chang – Victoria Chang
  9. When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities – Chen Chen
  10. bone – Yrsa Daley-Ward
  11. Trophic Cascade – Camille T. Dungy
  12. The January Children – Safia Elhillo
  13. Gates & Fields – Jennifer Firestone
  14. Sky Country – Christine Kitano
  15. I Am Flying into Myself: Selected Poems, 1960-2014 – Bill Knott
  16. These Days Of Candy – Manuel Paul Lopez
  17. In the Language of My Captor – Shane McCrae
  18. Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver – Mary Oliver
  19. There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce – Morgan Parker
  20. On Imagination – Mary Ruefle
  21. Lessons on Expulsion – Erika L. Sánchez
  22. Don’t Call Us Dead – Danez Smith
  23. The Trembling Answers – Craig Morgan Teicher
  24. Afterland – Mai Der Vang
  25. Where the Time Goes – Gale Renee Walden