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Notable Books of 2017

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American War

El Akkad, Omar


A story that asks what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons upon itself.

Anything Is Possible

Strout, Elizabeth


Short story collection explores the whole range of human emotion through the intimate dramas of people struggling to understand themselves and others.

Exit West

Hamid, Mohsin


A love story that unfolds in a world being irrevocably transformed by migration.


Greer, Andrew


You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. What could possibly go wrong?

Lincoln in the Bardo

Saunders, George


Set over the course of that one night and populated by ghosts of the recently passed and the long dead: a thrilling exploration of death, grief, and the powers of good and evil.

Manhattan Beach

Egan, Jennifer


Egan's first historical novel is a masterpiece, a deft, startling, intimate exploration of a transformative moment in the lives of women and men, America and the world.


Lee, Min Jin


A new tour de force from the bestselling author of Free Food for Millionaires, for readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone.

Sing, Unburied Sing

Ward, Jesmyn


Journeys through Mississippiís past and present examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story.

Stay With Me

Ayobami, Adebayo


A novel about a married Nigerian couple who must grapple with staggering levels of loss and betrayal in their quest to create a family for themselves

Little Fires Everywhere

Ng, Celeste


In a quiet Ohio town, who started the fire and why?

Bear Town

Backman, Fredrik


A poignant, charming novel about a forgotten town fractured by scandal, and the amateur hockey team that might just change everything.

The Heartís Invisible Furies

Boyne, John


Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbackednun, Cyril is adrift in the world.

Ginny Moon

Ludwig, Benjamin


Ginny Moon, an autistic teen, was taken from her abusive birth mother and after several foster families she has found a home with a family.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Roy, Arundhati


A richly moving new novel--the first since the author's Booker Prize-winning, internationally celebrated debut, The God of Small Things, went on to become a beloved best seller and enduring classic.


Gregory, Daryl


A generations-spanning family of psychics--both blessed and burdened by their abilities--must use their powers to save themselves from the CIA, the local mafia, and a skeptic hell-bent on discrediting them.

The Bear and the Nightingale

Arden, Katherine


After Vasilisa's stepmother forbids the family from honoring the household spirits, Vasilisa senses more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows. She must call on gifts she has long concealed in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse's most frightening tales.

The Weight of Ink

Kadish, Rachel


A sophisticated work of historical fiction about women separated by centuries, and the choices and sacrifices they must make in order to reconcile the life of the heart and mind

A Legacy of Spies

Lecarre, John


The undisputed master returns with a riveting new book--his first Smiley novel in more than twenty-five years.

Savage Country

Olmstead, Robert


A bankrupt widow embarks on a buffalo hunt to try to save her late husband's land.

Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk

Rooney, Kathleen


A love letter to city life in all its guts and grandeur,painting a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America.

Reservoir 13

McGregor, Jon



A teenage girl has gone missing and everyone is called upon to join the search. The villagers fan out across the English moors as the police set up roadblocks and news reporters descend.

Christmas Days

Winterson, Jeanette

808.8 WIN

For years Jeanette Winterson has written a new story at Christmastime and here she brings together twelve of her tales, along with twelve recipes for the twelve days of Christmas.

Devilís Bargain

Green, Joshua

324.973 GRE

Based on interviews, Green spins the master narrative of the 2016.


Chernow, Ron

92 GRA

Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood, but Ron Chernow shows in his masterful biography a general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.

Killers of the Flower Moon

Grann, David



Presents a true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

The Lost City of the Monkey God

Preston, Douglas

972.85 PRE

Preston takes readers on an adventure deep into the Honduran jungle in this riveting, danger-filled true story about the discovery of an ancient lost civilization.

What Happened

Clinton, Hillary

328.73 CLI

The former secretary of state relates her experiences as the first woman candidate nominated for president by a major party and reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history

Option B

Sandberg, Sheryl

155.937 SAN

Apowerfulbook about building resilience and moving forward after life's inevitable setbacks.


Williams, Patricia

92 WIL

The popular comedian traces her youth in Atlanta's most troubled neighborhood at the height of the crack epidemic.

Leonardo Da Vinci

Isaacson, Walter

92 LEO

He was history's most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us?

The Bright Hour

Riggs, Nina

362.196 RIG

An exquisite memoir about how to live--and love--every day with 'death in the room,' from poet Nina Riggs.

Ranger Games

Blum, Ben

364.155 BLU

Documents the story of an aspiring U.S. Army Ranger who inexplicably participated in an armed robbery hours before being deployed to Iraq.


Kelly, Scott

92 KEL

The veteran of four space flights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have.