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