The Stranger: Top 20 Books of 2017

The Stranger: Top 20 Books of 2017, plus a list of “besties”

  • Difficult Women – Roxane Gay
  • The Mother of All Questions – Rebecca Solnit
  • This Is How It Always Is – Laurie Frankel
  • Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History – Kurt Andersen
  • In the Long Run We Are All Dead: Keynesianism, Political Economy, and Revolution – Geoff Mann
  • The Rules Do Not Apply – Ariel Levy
  • Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century – Jessica Bruder
  • Did It! From Yippie To Yuppie: Jerry Rubin, An American Revolutionary – Pat Thomas
  • Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning – Claire Dederer
  • Afterglow (a dog memoir) – Eileen Myles
  • World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech – Franklin Foer
  • Vinyl Freak: Love Letters to a Dying Medium – John Corbett
  • (v.) – Anastacia Renee
  • Priestdaddy – Patricia Lockwood
  • Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime – Ben Blum
  • Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair – Sarah Schulman
  • The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir – Thi Bui
  • There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce – Morgan Parker
  • All Grown Up – Jami Attenberg
  • What Happened – Hillary Rodham Clinton

Besties

  • Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  • We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia – Masha Gessen
  • The Raincoats – Jenn Pelly
  • Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music – Ann Powers
  • The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time – Brooke Gladstone
  • Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News – Kevin Young
  • Ugly Time – Sarah Galvin
  • Catcall – Holly Melgard
  • Other Russias – Victoria Lomasko
  • Boyfriends – Tara Atkinson
  • Nature Poem – Tommy Pico
  • While Standing in Line for Death – CAConrad
  • Unreal City – D.J. Bryant
  • Why Poetry – Matthew Zapruder
  • My Favorite Thing Is Monsters – Emil Ferris
  • Sour Heart – Jenny Zhang
  • Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World – Rob Sheffield
  • The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity – Esther Perel
  • Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams – Matthew Walker
  • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow – Yuval Harari