Year-End Lists

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Category: 2017 Books

Paste: 45 Best Books of 2017

Priestdaddy - Patricia Lockwood

Paste Magazine: 45 Best Books of 2017, listed as novels and nonfiction

Novels

  1. Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
  2. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley – Hannah Tinti
  3. The Leavers – Lisa Ko
  4. Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
  5. Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  6. Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie
  7. The Lucky Ones – Julianne Pachico
  8. Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
  9. Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
  10. Oathbringer – Brandon Sanderson
  11. Class – Francesco Pacifico
  12. The Destroyers – Christopher Bollen
  13. The Power – Naomi Alderman
  14. Borne – Jeff VanderMeer
  15. The River of Kings – Taylor Brown
  16. The Golden Legend – Nadeem Aslam
  17. The Stone Sky – N.K. Jemisin
  18. The Thirst – Jo Nesbo
  19. American War – Omar El Akkad
  20. Ill Will – Dan Chaon
  21. The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry
  22. Waking Gods – Sylvain Neuvel
  23. What We Lose – Zinzi Clemmons
  24. Universal Harvester – John Darnielle
  25. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

Nonfiction

  1. Priestdaddy – Patricia Lockwood
  2. The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South – Michael Twitty
  3. The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia – Masha Gessen
  4. We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  5. A Disappearance in Damascus: Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War – Deborah Campbell
  6. How to Murder Your Life – Cat Marnell
  7. Grown-Up Anger: The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and the Calumet Massacre of 1913 – Daniel Wolff
  8. The Blood of Emmett Till – Timothy B. Tyson
  9. Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011 – Lizzy Goodman
  10. They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us – Hanif Abdurraqib
  11. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body – Roxane Gay
  12. Sunshine State – Sarah Gerard
  13. The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone In-Between – Abigail Marsh
  14. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – David Grann
  15. One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter – Scaachi Koul
  16. The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South – John T. Edge
  17. Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life – Jonathan Gould
  18. Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America – Edited by Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding
  19. The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983 – 1992 – Tina Brown
  20. Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate – Zoe Quinn

Katy Waldman: 10 Favorite Books of 2017

Manhattan Beach - Jennifer Egan

Katy Waldman: 10 Favorite Books of 2017 (as published by Slate)

  • Manhattan Beach – Jennifer Egan
  • Conversations with Friends – Sally Rooney
  • What Happened – Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Volume 1) – Philip Pullman
  • Her Body and Other Parties – Carmen Maria Machado
  • Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  • Priestdaddy – Patricia Lockwood
  • The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography – Edmund Gordon
  • The Odyssey – Homer, translated by Emily Wilson
  • The Idiot – Elif Batuman

Maureen Corrigan: 10 Best Books of 2017

Maureen Corrigan: 10 Best Books of 2017 (as aired on NPR’s Fresh Air)

  • Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
  • Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  • The Ninth Hour – Alice McDermott
  • Manhattan Beach – Jennifer Egan
  • Golden Hill: A Novel of Old New York – Francis Spufford
  • Between Them: Remembering My Parents – Richard Ford
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – David Grann
  • What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories – Laura Shapiro
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter – Erika L. Sánchez
  • The Big Book of the Continental Op – Dashiell Hammett

Publishers Weekly: 10 Best Books of 2017

Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India - Sujatha Gidla

Publishers Weekly: 10 Best Books of 2017

  • Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India – Sujatha Gidla
  • White Tears – Hari Kunzru
  • The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln’s Ghost – Peter Manseau
  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America – Richard Rothstein
  • Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change – Ashley Dawson
  • Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics – Kim Phillips-Fein
  • Ill Will – Dan Chaon
  • In the Distance – Hernan Diaz
  • Grief Cottage – Gail Godwin
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward

Time: Top 20 Books of 2017

Time Magazine: Best Fiction and Nonfiction Books of 2017

Fiction

  1. Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
  2. White Tears – Hari Kunzru
  3. Transit – Rachel Cusk
  4. Manhattan Beach – Jennifer Egan
  5. Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  6. Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
  7. The Changeling – Victor LaValle
  8. The Ninth Hour – Alice McDermott
  9. Days Without End – Sebastian Barry
  10. New People – Danzy Senna

Nonfiction

  1. What Happened – Hillary Rodham Clinton
  2. We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  3. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – David Grann
  4. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow – Yuval Harari
  5. The Rules Do Not Apply – Ariel Levy
  6. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body – Roxane Gay
  7. Blind Spot – Teju Cole
  8. The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own – Veronica Chambers
  9. The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America – Frances FitzGerald
  10. The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983 – 1992 – Tina Brown

Christian Lorentzen: 10 Best Books of 2017

Christian Lorentzen: 10 Best Books of 2017 (as published by New York Magazine’s Vulture)

  1. So Much Blue – Percival Everett
  2. Priestdaddy – Patricia Lockwood
  3. The Idiot – Elif Batuman
  4. The Schooldays of Jesus – J.M. Coetzee
  5. Sour Heart – Jenny Zhang
  6. The Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick – Elizabeth Hardwick
  7. Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine – Joe Hagan
  8. Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World – Suzy Hansen
  9. Moving Kings – Joshua Cohen
  10. The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography – Edmund Gordon

Christian Science Monitor: 30 Best Books of 2017

Christian Science Monitor: 30 Best Books of 2017

Fiction

  • Dark at the Crossing – Elliot Ackerman
  • Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  • The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
  • Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor
  • The Golden Legend – Nadeem Aslam
  • The Leavers – Lisa Ko
  • Salt Houses – Hala Alyan
  • The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories – Penelope Lively
  • Anything Is Possible – Elizabeth Strout
  • The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry
  • The Ministry of Utmost Happiness – Arundhati Roy
  • Glass Houses – Louise Penny
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward

Nonfiction

  • The New Odyssey: The Story of the Twenty-First Century Refugee Crisis – Patrick Kingsley
  • The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao – Ian Johnson
  • Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War – Daniel J. Sharfstein
  • I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad – Souad Mekhennet
  • Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam – Mark Bowden
  • Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans – James Stavridis
  • Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls’ Escape from Slavery to Union Hero – Cate Lineberry
  • Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship – Michelle Kuo
  • Henry David Thoreau: A Life – Laura Dassow Walls
  • An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic – Daniel Mendelsohn
  • The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia – Masha Gessen
  • Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II – Liza Mundy
  • The Gourmands’ Way: Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy – Justin Spring
  • Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary – Walter Stahr
  • Grant – Ron Chernow
  • Lenin: The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror – Victor Sebestyen
  • Calder: The Conquest of Time: The Early Years: 1898-1940 – Jed Perl

New York Times: 100 Notable Books of 2017

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

Megan O’Grady: 10 Best Books of 2017

Megan O’Grady: 10 Best Books of 2017 (as published by Vogue)

  • Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
  • What We Lose – Zinzi Clemmons
  • Go, Went, Gone – Jenny Erpenbeck
  • The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World – Maya Jasanoff
  • The Burning Girl – Claire Messud
  • The Rules Do Not Apply – Ariel Levy
  • The Idiot – Elif Batuman
  • Conversations with Friends – Sally Rooney
  • The Answers – Catherine Lacey

Guardian: 31 Best Fiction Books of 2017

The Guardian: 31 Best Fiction Books of 2017

  • Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  • Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
  • Reservoir 13 – Jon McGregor
  • H(A)PPY – Nicola Barker
  • House of Names – Colm Toibin
  • Mrs. Osmond – John Banville
  • The Golden House – Salman Rushdie
  • The Sparsholt Affair – Alan Hollinghurst
  • Manhattan Beach – Jennifer Egan
  • The Ministry of Utmost Happiness – Arundhati Roy
  • Birdcage Walk – Helen Dunmore
  • Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie
  • Dunbar – Edward St. Aubyn
  • We That Are Young – Preti Taneja
  • When I Hit You or a Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife – Meena Kandasamy
  • The End of Eddy – Édouard Louis
  • First Love – Gwendoline Riley
  • Fever Dream – Samanta Schweblin
  • Such Small Hands – Andrés Barba
  • Flights – Olga Tokarczuk
  • The Lie of the Land – Amanda Craig
  • Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
  • My Absolute Darling – Gabriel Tallent
  • Conversations with Friends – Sally Rooney
  • Spoils – Brian Van Reet
  • The President’s Gardens – Muhsin Al-Ramli
  • Madame Zero: 9 Stories – Sarah Hall
  • Room Little Darker – June Caldwell
  • Attrib. and other stories – Eley Williams
  • Midwinter Break – Bernard MacLaverty
  • Winter – Ali Smith