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.

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