Year-End Lists

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Category: 2017 Books

Verso: Best Books of 2017

Hot Milk - Deborah Levy

Verso: Best Books of 2017 (some of which were published previously but were still “favourites of the year”)

Fiction

  • Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone – James Baldwin
  • The Corpse Exhibition: And Other Stories of Iraq – Hassan Blasim
  • The Gift – Barbara Browning
  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
  • The Debutante and Other Stories – Leonora Carrington
  • The Vet’s Daughter – Barbara Comyns
  • Segu – Maryse Conde
  • The Doll’s Alphabet – Camilla Grudova
  • The Secret Life of Saeed: The Pessoptimist – Emile Habiby
  • Darker With the Lights On – David Hayden
  • Hot Milk – Deborah Levy
  • Her Body and Other Parties – Carmen Maria Machado
  • Evening Primrose: a heart-wrenching novel for our times – Kopano Matlwa
  • First Love – Gwendoline Riley
  • Conversations with Friends – Sally Rooney
  • Love Story – Erich Segal
  • We That Are Young – Preti Taneja
  • Attrib. and other stories – Eley Williams
  • The Hoke Moseley Detective Series – Charles Willeford
  • The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead

Nonfiction

  • Morbid Symptoms: Relapse in the Arab Uprising – Gilbert Achcar
  • After Kathy Acker – Chris Kraus
  • Under My Thumb: Songs That Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them – Edited by Rhian Jones and Eli Davies
  • Cosmic Society: Towards a Sociology of the Universe – Peter Dickens and James Ormrod
  • The Greeks and the Irrational – E.R. Dodds
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? – Mark Fisher
  • No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity – Sarah Haley
  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself – Harriet Ann Jacobs
  • Spheres of Existence: Selected Writings – C.L.R. James
  • Hell’s Destruction: An Exploration of Christ’s Descent to the Dead – Catherine Ella Laufer
  • Your Silence Will Not Protect You – Audre Lorde
  • Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel – Carl Safina
  • Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States – James C. Scott
  • The Black Pacific: Anti-Colonial Struggles and Oceanic Connections – Robbie Shilliam
  • Marx’s Inferno: The Political Theory of Capital – William Clare Roberts
  • Storming Heaven: Class Composition and Struggle in Italian Autonomist Marxism – Steve Wright

Memoir

  • Living for Change: An Autobiography – Grace Lee Boggs
  • Close to the Knives: A Memoir of Disintegration – David Wojnarowicz

Library Journal: 10 Best Books of 2017

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me - Sherman Alexie

Library Journal: 10 Best Books of 2017

  1. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me – Sherman Alexie
  2. Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century – Jessica Bruder
  3. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body – Roxane Gay
  4. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – David Grann
  5. Ginny Moon – Benjamin Ludwig
  6. The Ninth Hour – Alice McDermott
  7. Ghost of the Innocent Man: A True Story of Trial and Redemption – Benjamin Rachlin
  8. Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  9. Lucky Boy – Shanthi Sekaran
  10. Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie

Entropy: Best Books of 2017

Afterglow (a dog memoir) - Eileen Myles

Entropy: Best Books of 2017, divided into fiction and nonfiction (numbered but “in no particular order”)

Fiction

  1. Isadora – Amelia Gray
  2. The Book of Joan – Lidia Yuknavitch
  3. Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
  4. Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
  5. Sour Heart – Jenny Zhang
  6. The Changeling – Victor LaValle
  7. The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington – Leonora Carrington
  8. Down Below – Leonora Carrington
  9. Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  10. Motherest – Kristen Iskandrian
  11. No One Can Pronounce My Name – Rakesh Satyal
  12. The Dark Dark – Samantha Hunt
  13. The Red Barn – Nat Baldwin
  14. Silk Flowers – Meghan Lamb
  15. The Disintegrations – Alistair McCartney
  16. The Protester Has Been Released – Janet Sarbanes
  17. Sorry to Disrupt the Peace – Patty Yumi Cottrell
  18. The Golden House – Salman Rushdie
  19. Made for Love – Alissa Nutting
  20. The Complete Ballet: A Fictional Essay in Five Acts – John Haskell
  21. Her Body and Other Parties – Carmen Maria Machado
  22. Homesick for Another World – Ottessa Moshfegh
  23. Tales of Falling and Flying – Ben Loory
  24. Sonata in K – Karen An-hwei Lee
  25. Enfermario – Gabriela Torres Olivares
  26. The Secret Room – Kazim Ali
  27. The Ladies – Sara Veglahn
  28. The Idiot – Elif Batuman
  29. The Leavers – Lisa Ko
  30. Genevieves – Henry Hoke
  31. Frontier – Can Xue
  32. Assisted Living – Gary Lutz
  33. The Grip of It – Jac Jemc
  34. The Golden Cockerel & Other Writings – Juan Rulfo
  35. Not One Day – Anne Garréta
  36. An Occasional History – Laura Davenport
  37. The Truth About Me – Louise Marburg
  38. The Week – Joanna Ruocco
  39. Houses of Ravicka – Renee Gladman
  40. New People – Danzy Senna
  41. Before Everything – Victoria Redel
  42. Wait Till You See Me Dance – Deb Olin Unferth
  43. Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie
  44. The World Goes On – László Krasznahorkai
  45. Stephen Florida – Gabe Habash
  46. Empty Set – Verónica Gerber Bicecci
  47. My Heart Hemmed In – Marie NDiaye
  48. Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
  49. Buckskin Cocaine – Erika T. Wurth
  50. Man’s Wars and Wickedness: A Book of Proposed Remedies and Extreme Formulations for Curing Hositlity, Rivalry, and Ill-Will – Amanda Ackerman & Harold Abramowitz
  51. Large Animals – Jess Arndt
  52. Is God Is – Aleshea Harris
  53. Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
  54. Modern Love – Constance DeJong
  55. Things We Lost in the Fire – Mariana Enriquez
  56. Notes of a Crocodile – Qiu Miaojin
  57. Ice: 50th Anniversary Edition – Anna Kavan
  58. Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative Writing 1977-1997 – Edited by Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian
  59. The Passion of Woo & Isolde – Jennifer Tseng
  60. A Small Revolution – Jimin Han

Nonfiction

  1. Afterglow (a dog memoir) – Eileen Myles
  2. After Kathy Acker – Chris Kraus
  3. 300 Arguments – Sarah Manguso
  4. They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us – Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib
  5. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body – Roxane Gay
  6. Sunshine State – Sarah Gerard
  7. Why Poetry – Matthew Zapruder
  8. Irradiated Cities – Mariko Nagai
  9. The Book of Disquiet: The Complete Edition – Fernando Pessoa
  10. Of Sphere – Karla Kelsey
  11. Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit – Aisha Sabatini Sloan
  12. Autumn – Karl Ove Knausgaard
  13. Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life – Yiyun Li
  14. Being a Beast: Adventures Across the Species Divide – Charles Foster
  15. You, Me, and the Violence – Catherine Taylor
  16. We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  17. The Misfit’s Manifesto – Lidia Yuknavitch
  18. The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story – Edwidge Danticat
  19. Swallow the Fish – Gabrielle Civil
  20. Blind Spot – Teju Cole
  21. like a solid to a shadow – Janice Lobo Sapigao
  22. Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds – adrienne maree brown
  23. Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen – various authors
  24. Final Fantasy V – Chris Kohler
  25. Book of Mutter – Kate Zambreno
  26. Dying – Cory Taylor
  27. Caca Dolce: Essays from a Lowbrow Life – Chelsea Martin
  28. The Letters of Sylvia Plath Volume 1: 1940-1956 – Sylvia Plath
  29. Living a Feminist Life – Sara Ahmed
  30. Ideal Suggestions: Essays in Divinatory Poetics – Selah Saterstrom
  31. Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation – Kyo Maclear
  32. From Our Hearts to Yours: New Narrative as Contemporary Practice – Edited by Rob Halpern and Robin Tremblay-McGaw
  33. The Sarah Book – Scott McClanahan
  34. Long Shot: The Triumphs and Struggles of an NBA Freedom Fighter – Craig Hodges
  35. A Woman Is a Woman Until She Is a Mother – Anna Prushinskaya
  36. We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. – Samantha Irby
  37. No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need – Naomi Klein
  38. How to Keep You Alive – Ella Longpre
  39. Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News – Kevin Young
  40. A TransPacific Poetics – Edited by Lisa Samuels and Sawako Nakayasu

Entertainment Weekly: 10 Best Books of 2017

Entertainment Weekly: 10 Best Books of 2017

  1. Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
  2. Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  3. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – David Grann
  4. Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
  5. Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
  6. My Favorite Thing Is Monsters – Emil Ferris
  7. Goodbye, Vitamin – Rachel Khong
  8. The Power – Naomi Alderman
  9. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
  10. The Rules Do Not Apply – Ariel Levy

Chicago Tribune: 10 Best Books of 2017

They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us - Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

Chicago Tribune: 10 Best Books of 2017

Fiction

  1. Stay with Me – Ayobami Adebayo
  2. Electric Arches – Eve L. Ewing
  3. Her Body and Other Parties – Carmen Maria Machado
  4. Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  5. Autumn – Ali Smith

Nonfiction

  1. They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us – Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib
  2. The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia – Masha Gessen
  3. We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. – Samantha Irby
  4. Priestdaddy – Patricia Lockwood
  5. Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City – Julia Wertz

John Freeman: 22 Best Fiction Books of 2017

John Freeman: 22 Best Fiction Books of 2017 (as published by The Boston Globe)

  • Borne – Jeff VanderMeer
  • Blameless – Claudio Magris
  • The Burning Girl – Claire Messud
  • The City Always Wins – Omar Robert Hamilton
  • Cockfosters – Helen Simpson
  • The End of Eddy – Édouard Louis
  • Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
  • Fever Dream – Samanta Schweblin
  • Frontier – Can Xue
  • Go, Went, Gone – Jenny Erpenbeck
  • Her Body and Other Parties – Carmen Maria Machado
  • Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie
  • House of Names – Colm Toibin
  • Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  • The Lonely Hearts Hotel – Heather O’Neill
  • The Ministry of Utmost Happiness – Arundhati Roy
  • My Cat Yugoslavia – Pajtim Statovci
  • Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
  • The Power – Naomi Alderman
  • Savage Theories – Pola Oloixarac
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
  • Things We Lost in the Fire – Mariana Enriquez

Kate Tuttle: 19 Best Nonfiction Books of 2017

Kate Tuttle: 19 Best Nonfiction Books of 2017 (as published by The Boston Globe)

  • American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land – Monica Hesse
  • The Blood of Emmett Till – Timothy B. Tyson
  • Calder: The Conquest of Time: The Early Years: 1898-1940 – Jed Perl
  • The Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick – Elizabeth Hardwick
  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America – Richard Rothstein
  • Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast – Megan Marshall
  • The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It – Joanna Scutts
  • The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia – Masha Gessen
  • Grant – Ron Chernow
  • Janesville: An American Story – Amy Goldstein
  • The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek – Howard Markel
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – David Grann
  • Nine Continents: A Memoir In and Out of China – Xiaolu Guo
  • Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder – Caroline Fraser
  • Priestdaddy – Patricia Lockwood
  • Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character – Kay Redfield Jamison
  • We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • What Happened – Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me – Sherman Alexie

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) [see also 2016, 2015, 2011]

  • 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