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The Best Nonfiction Books of 2017 (A Year-End List Aggregation)

December 28, 2017

“What are the best Nonfiction books of 2017?” We aggregated 40 year-end lists and ranked the 518 unique titles by how many times they appeared in an attempt to answer that very question!

There are thousands of year-end lists released every year and like we do in our weekly Best Book articles, we wanted to see which books appear the most. The top 36 books, all of which appeared on 4 or more best Nonfiction lists, are ranked below with images, summaries, and links for more information or to purchase. The remaining 500+ books, as well as the top book lists, are at the bottom of the page.

Make sure to take a look at our other Best of 2017 book lists:

You can also take a look at our Best Nonfiction books from last year as well as all the other Best 2016 articles!

Happy Scrolling!

 



Top 36 Nonfiction Books Of 2017



36 .) Abandon Me by Melissa Febos

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookRiot
  • Electric Lit
  • Large Hearted Boy
  • Vol.1 Brooklyn

In her dazzling Abandon Me, Febos captures the intense bonds of love and the need for connection — with family, lovers, and oneself. First, her birth father, who left her with only an inheritance of addiction and Native American blood, its meaning a mystery. As Febos tentatively reconnects, she sees how both these lineages manifest in her own life, marked by compulsion and an instinct for self-erasure. Meanwhile, she remains closely tied to the sea captain who raised her, his parenting ardent but intermittent as his work took him away for months at a time. Woven throughout is the hypnotic story of an all-consuming, long-distance love affair with a woman, marked equally by worship and withdrawal. In visceral, erotic prose, Febos captures their mutual abandonment to passion and obsession — and the terror and exhilaration of losing herself in another.

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35 .) Age Of Anger: A History Of the Present by Pankaj Mishra

Lists It Appears On:

  • NPR Books
  • The Globe
  • The New York Times
  • Zocalo

“How can we explain the origins of the great wave of paranoid hatreds that seem inescapable in our close-knit world―from American shooters and ISIS to Donald Trump, from a rise in vengeful nationalism across the world to racism and misogyny on social media? In Age of Anger, Pankaj Mishra answers our bewilderment by casting his gaze back to the eighteenth century before leading us to the present.

He shows that as the world became modern, those who were unable to enjoy its promises―of freedom, stability, and prosperity―were increasingly susceptible to demagogues. The many who came late to this new world―or were left, or pushed, behind―reacted in horrifyingly similar ways: with intense hatred of invented enemies, attempts to re-create an imaginary golden age, and self-empowerment through spectacular violence. It was from among the ranks of the disaffected that the militants of the nineteenth century arose―angry young men who became cultural nationalists in Germany, messianic revolutionaries in Russia, bellicose chauvinists in Italy, and anarchist terrorists internationally.”

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34 .) Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig

Lists It Appears On:

  • MPR News
  • NPR Books
  • The Washington Post
  • Thrillist

“He was the wittiest, the prettiest, the strongest, the bravest, and, of course, the greatest (as he told us himself). Muhammad Ali was one of the twentieth century’s most fantastic figures and arguably the most famous man on the planet.

But until now, he has never been the subject of a complete, unauthorized biography. Jonathan Eig, hailed by Ken Burns as one of America’s master storytellers, radically reshapes our understanding of the complicated man who was Ali. Eig had access to all the key people in Ali’s life, including his three surviving wives and his managers. He conducted more than 500 interviews and uncovered thousands of pages of previously unreleased FBI and Justice Department files, as well dozens of hours of newly discovered audiotaped interviews from the 1960s. Collectively, they tell Ali’s story like never before—the story of a man who was flawed and uncertain and brave beyond belief.”

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33 .) Animals Strike Curious Poses by Elena Passarello

Lists It Appears On:

  • Large Hearted Boy
  • Multnomah County
  • Publishers Weekly
  • The New York Times

Beginning with Yuka, a 39,000 year old mummified woolly mammoth recently found in the Siberian permafrost, each of the 16 essays in Animals Strike Curious Poses investigates a different famous animal named and immortalized by humans. Modeled loosely after a medieval bestiary, these witty, playful, whipsmart essays traverse history, myth, science, and more, bringing each beast vibrantly to life.

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32 .) Caca Dolce by Chelsea Martin

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amber Sparks
  • Electric Lit
  • Entroopy
  • Large Hearted Boy

Funny, candid, and searchingly self-aware, this essay collection tells the story of Chelsea Martin’s coming of age as an artist. We are with Chelsea as an eleven-year-old atheist, trying to will an alien visitation to her neighborhood; fighting with her stepfather and grappling with a Tourette’s diagnosis as she becomes a teenager; falling under the sway of frenemies and crushes in high school; going into debt to afford what might be a meaningless education at an expensive art college; navigating the messy process of falling in love with a close friend; and struggling for independence from her emotionally manipulative father and from the family and friends in the dead-end California town that has defined her upbringing. This is a book about relationships, class, art, sex, money, and family―and about growing up weird, and poor, in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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31 .) Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Indigo
  • Multnomah County
  • NPR Books

“A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie’s letter of response.
Here are fifteen invaluable suggestions–compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive–for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. From encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about clothes, makeup, and sexuality; debunking the myth that women are somehow biologically arranged to be in the kitchen making dinner, and that men can “”allow”” women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century. It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.”

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30 .) From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Goodreads
  • MPR News
  • NPR Books

“Fascinated by our pervasive fear of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty set out to discover how other cultures care for the dead. From Here to Eternity is an immersive global journey that introduces compelling, powerful rituals almost entirely unknown in America.

In rural Indonesia, she watches a man clean and dress his grandfather’s mummified body, which has resided in the family home for two years. In La Paz, she meets Bolivian natitas (cigarette-smoking, wish-granting human skulls), and in Tokyo she encounters the Japanese kotsuage ceremony, in which relatives use chopsticks to pluck their loved-ones’ bones from cremation ashes.

With boundless curiosity and gallows humor, Doughty vividly describes decomposed bodies and investigates the world’s funerary history. She introduces deathcare innovators researching body composting and green burial, and examines how varied traditions, from Mexico’s Días de los Muertos to Zoroastrian sky burial help us see our own death customs in a new light.”

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29 .) Greater Gotham: A History Of New York City From 1898 To 1919 by Mike Wallace

Lists It Appears On:

  • Marginal Revolution
  • NPR Books
  • Publishers Weekly
  • The New York Times

“In this utterly immersive volume, Mike Wallace captures the swings of prosperity and downturn, from the 1898 skyscraper-driven boom to the Bankers’ Panic of 1907, the labor upheaval, and violent repression during and after the First World War. Here is New York on a whole new scale, moving from national to global prominence — an urban dynamo driven by restless ambition, boundless energy, immigrant dreams, and Wall Street greed.

Within the first two decades of the twentieth century, a newly consolidated New York grew exponentially. The city exploded into the air, with skyscrapers jostling for prominence, and dove deep into the bedrock where massive underground networks of subways, water pipes, and electrical conduits sprawled beneath the city to serve a surging population of New Yorkers from all walks of life. New York was transformed in these two decades as the world’s second-largest city and now its financial capital, thriving and sustained by the city’s seemingly unlimited potential. “

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28 .) Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Indigo
  • Publishers Weekly
  • The Washington Post

“Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.

He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history’s most creative genius.

His creativity, like that of other great innovators, came from having wide-ranging passions. He peeled flesh off the faces of cadavers, drew the muscles that move the lips, and then painted history’s most memorable smile. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper. Isaacson also describes how Leonardo’s lifelong enthusiasm for staging theatrical productions informed his paintings and inventions.

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27 .) Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.

Lists It Appears On:

  • King County Library
  • NPR Books
  • Publishers Weekly
  • The New York Times

“In recent years, America’s criminal justice system has become the subject of an increasingly urgent debate. Critics have assailed the rise of mass incarceration, emphasizing its disproportionate impact on people of color. As James Forman, Jr., points out, however, the war on crime that began in the 1970s was supported by many African American leaders in the nation’s urban centers. In Locking Up Our Own, he seeks to understand why.

Forman shows us that the first substantial cohort of black mayors, judges, and police chiefs took office amid a surge in crime and drug addiction. Many prominent black officials, including Washington, D.C. mayor Marion Barry and federal prosecutor Eric Holder, feared that the gains of the civil rights movement were being undermined by lawlessness―and thus embraced tough-on-crime measures, including longer sentences and aggressive police tactics. In the face of skyrocketing murder rates and the proliferation of open-air drug markets, they believed they had no choice. But the policies they adopted would have devastating consequences for residents of poor black neighborhoods.”

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26 .) Meet Me In The Bathroom: Rebirth And Rock And Roll In New York City 2001-2011 by Lizzy Goodman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Multnomah County
  • NPR Books
  • Paste
  • The Portable Infinite

“Joining the ranks of the classics Please Kill Me, Our Band Could Be Your Life, and Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, an intriguing oral history of the post-9/11 decline of the old-guard music industry and rebirth of the New York rock scene, led by a group of iconoclastic rock bands.
In the second half of the twentieth-century New York was the source of new sounds, including the Greenwich Village folk scene, punk and new wave, and hip-hop. But as the end of the millennium neared, cutting-edge bands began emerging from Seattle, Austin, and London, pushing New York further from the epicenter. The behemoth music industry, too, found itself in free fall, under siege from technology. Then 9/11/2001 plunged the country into a state of uncertainty and war—and a dozen New York City bands that had been honing their sound and style in relative obscurity suddenly became symbols of glamour for a young, web-savvy, forward-looking generation in need of an anthem.”

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25 .) No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need by Naomi Klein

Lists It Appears On:

  • Entroopy
  • King County Library
  • Noted
  • Publishers Weekly

Acclaimed journalist, activist, and bestselling author Naomi Klein has spent two decades studying political shocks, climate change, and “brand bullies.” From this unique perspective, she argues that Trump is not an aberration but a logical extension of the worst, most dangerous trends of the past half-century—the very conditions that have unleashed a rising tide of white nationalism the world over. It is not enough, she tells us, to merely resist, to say “no.” Our historical moment demands more: a credible and inspiring “yes,” a roadmap to reclaiming the populist ground from those who would divide us—one that sets a bold course for winning the fair and caring world we want and need.

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24 .) Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions by Valeria Luiselli

Lists It Appears On:

  • Island Books
  • MPR News
  • NPR Books
  • Vol.1 Brooklyn

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23 .) The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui

Lists It Appears On:

  • King County Library
  • Multnomah County
  • NPR Books
  • Shelf Awareness

“This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.

At the heart of Bui’s story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent—the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through. With haunting, poetic writing and breathtaking art, she examines the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the meaning of home.”

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22 .) The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

Lists It Appears On:

  • Boston Globe
  • NPR Books
  • Publishers Weekly
  • The New York Times

“In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation―that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, The Color of Law incontrovertibly makes clear that it was de jure segregation―the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments―that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day.

Through extraordinary revelations and extensive research that Ta-Nehisi Coates has lauded as “”brilliant”” (The Atlantic), Rothstein comes to chronicle nothing less than an untold story that begins in the 1920s, showing how this process of de jure segregation began with explicit racial zoning, as millions of African Americans moved in a great historical migration from the south to the north.

As Jane Jacobs established in her classic The Death and Life of Great American Cities, it was the deeply flawed urban planning of the 1950s that created many of the impoverished neighborhoods we know. Now, Rothstein expands our understanding of this history, showing how government policies led to the creation of officially segregated public housing and the demolition of previously integrated neighborhoods. While urban areas rapidly deteriorated, the great American suburbanization of the post–World War II years was spurred on by federal subsidies for builders on the condition that no homes be sold to African Americans. Finally, Rothstein shows how police and prosecutors brutally upheld these standards by supporting violent resistance to black families in white neighborhoods.”

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21 .) The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II by Svetlana Alexievich

Lists It Appears On:

  • MPR News
  • Multnomah County
  • NPR Books
  • The Washington Post

“For more than three decades, Svetlana Alexievich has been the memory and conscience of the twentieth century. When the Swedish Academy awarded her the Nobel Prize, it cited her invention of “a new kind of literary genre,” describing her work as “a history of emotions . . . a history of the soul.”

In The Unwomanly Face of War, Alexievich chronicles the experiences of the Soviet women who fought on the front lines, on the home front, and in the occupied territories. These women—more than a million in total—were nurses and doctors, pilots, tank drivers, machine-gunners, and snipers. They battled alongside men, and yet, after the victory, their efforts and sacrifices were forgotten.

Alexievich traveled thousands of miles and visited more than a hundred towns to record these women’s stories. Together, this symphony of voices reveals a different aspect of the war—the everyday details of life in combat left out of the official histories.”

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20 .) World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech by Franklin Foer

Lists It Appears On:

  • LA Times
  • NPR Books
  • The Globe
  • The New York Times

“Over the past few decades there has been a revolution in terms of who controls knowledge and information. This rapid change has imperiled the way we think. Without pausing to consider the cost, the world has rushed to embrace the products and services of four titanic corporations. We shop with Amazon; socialize on Facebook; turn to Apple for entertainment; and rely on Google for information. These firms sell their efficiency and purport to make the world a better place, but what they have done instead is to enable an intoxicating level of daily convenience. As these companies have expanded, marketing themselves as champions of individuality and pluralism, their algorithms have pressed us into conformity and laid waste to privacy. They have produced an unstable and narrow culture of misinformation, and put us on a path to a world without private contemplation, autonomous thought, or solitary introspection—a world without mind. In order to restore our inner lives, we must avoid being coopted by these gigantic companies, and understand the ideas that underpin their success.

Elegantly tracing the intellectual history of computer science—from Descartes and the enlightenment to Alan Turing to Stuart Brand and the hippie origins of today’s Silicon Valley—Foer exposes the dark underpinnings of our most idealistic dreams for technology. The corporate ambitions of Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon, he argues, are trampling longstanding liberal values, especially intellectual property and privacy. This is a nascent stage in the total automation and homogenization of social, political, and intellectual life. By reclaiming our private authority over how we intellectually engage with the world, we have the power to stem the tide.”

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19 .) Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Island Books
  • The Washington Post
  • Time

“Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity’s future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark style—thorough, yet riveting—famine, plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals put together. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda.

What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century—from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.”

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18 .) Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein

Lists It Appears On:

  • Boston Globe
  • MPR News
  • NPR Books
  • The New York Times
  • The Washington Post

“This is the story of what happens to an industrial town in the American heartland when its main factory shuts down—but it’s not the familiar tale. Most observers record the immediate shock of vanished jobs, but few stay around long enough to notice what happens next when a community with a can-do spirit tries to pick itself up.

Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Amy Goldstein spent years immersed in Janesville, Wisconsin, where the nation’s oldest operating General Motors assembly plant shut down in the midst of the Great Recession. Now, with intelligence, sympathy, and insight into what connects and divides people in an era of economic upheaval, Goldstein shows the consequences of one of America’s biggest political issues. Her reporting takes the reader deep into the lives of autoworkers, educators, bankers, politicians, and job re-trainers to show why it’s so hard in the twenty-first century to recreate a healthy, prosperous working class.”

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17 .) Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Hudson Booksellers
  • Indigo
  • King County Library
  • The Portable Infinite
  • Thrillist

“What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.

But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.”

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16 .) The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Goodreads
  • North Shore News
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Shelf Awareness
  • The New York Times

“Since the days of conquistador Hernán Cortés, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders, and they warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die. In 1940, swashbuckling journalist Theodore Morde returned from the rainforest with hundreds of artifacts and an electrifying story of having found the Lost City of the Monkey God-but then committed suicide without revealing its location.

Three quarters of a century later, bestselling author Doug Preston joined a team of scientists on a groundbreaking new quest. In 2012 he climbed aboard a rickety, single-engine plane carrying the machine that would change everything: lidar, a highly advanced, classified technology that could map the terrain under the densest rainforest canopy. In an unexplored valley ringed by steep mountains, that flight revealed the unmistakable image of a sprawling metropolis, tantalizing evidence of not just an undiscovered city but an enigmatic, lost civilization.”

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15 .) The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Indigo
  • King County Library
  • Multnomah County
  • Noted
  • The Globe

Could you leave behind all that you know and live in solitude for three decades? This is the extraordinary story of the last true hermit – Christopher Knight. ‘This was a breath-taking book to read and many weeks later I am still thinking about the implications for our society and – by extension – for my own life’ Sebastian Junger, bestselling author of The Perfect Storm ‘A wry meditation on one man’s attempt to escape life’s distractions and look inwards, to find meaning not by doing, but by being’Martin Sixsmith, bestselling author of Philomena and Ayesha’s Gift ‘Not all heroes wear capes. My latest one is a man called Christopher Knight – a silent idol for anyone who has felt the urge to just sack it all off and live the life of a hermit’ Lucy Mangan, Stylist ‘An extraordinary story about solitude, community, identity and freedom’ Guardian In 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods.He would not speak to another human being until three decades later when he was arrested for stealing food. Christopher survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store food and water in order to avoid freezing to death in his tent during the harsh Maine winters. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothes, reading material and other provisions, taking only what he needed. In the process, he unwittingly terrified a community unable to solve the mysterious burglaries. Myths abounded amongst the locals eager to find this legendary hermit. Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of his secluded life and the challenges he faced returning to the world. The Stranger in the Woods is a riveting story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude and what makes for a good life.Above all, this is a deeply moving portrait of a man determined to live life his own way.

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14 .) They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chicago Tribune
  • Electric Lit
  • Entroopy
  • NPR Books
  • Paste
  • Vol.1 Brooklyn

“In an age of confusion, fear, and loss, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib’s is a voice that matters. Whether he’s attending a Bruce Springsteen concert the day after visiting Michael Brown’s grave, or discussing public displays of affection at a Carly Rae Jepsen show, he writes with a poignancy and magnetism that resonates profoundly.

In the wake of the nightclub attacks in Paris, he recalls how he sought refuge as a teenager in music, at shows, and wonders whether the next generation of young Muslims will not be afforded that opportunity now. While discussing the everyday threat to the lives of black Americans, Willis-Abdurraqib recounts the first time he was ordered to the ground by police officers: for attempting to enter his own car.”

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13 .) American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Boston Globe
  • Island Books
  • NPR Books
  • The New York Times
  • The Washington Post
  • Thrillist

“The arsons started on a cold November midnight and didn’t stop for months. Night after night, the people of Accomack County waited to see which building would burn down next, regarding each other at first with compassion, and later suspicion. Vigilante groups sprang up, patrolling the rural Virginia coast with cameras and camouflage. Volunteer firefighters slept at their stations. The arsonist seemed to target abandoned buildings, but local police were stretched too thin to surveil them all. Accomack was desolate―there were hundreds of abandoned buildings. And by the dozen they were burning.

The culprit, and the path that led to these crimes, is a story of twenty-first century America. Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse first drove down to the reeling county to cover a hearing for Charlie Smith, a struggling mechanic who upon his capture had promptly pleaded guilty to sixty-seven counts of arson. But as Charlie’s confession unspooled, it got deeper and weirder. He wasn’t lighting fires alone; his crimes were galvanized by a surprising love story. Over a year of investigating, Hesse uncovered the motives of Charlie and his accomplice, girlfriend Tonya Bundick, a woman of steel-like strength and an inscrutable past. Theirs was a love built on impossibly tight budgets and simple pleasures. They were each other’s inspiration and escape…until they weren’t.”

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12 .) One Day We’ll All Be Dead And None Of This Will Matter: Essays by Scaachi Koul

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Book Riot 2
  • Chicago Review Of Books
  • Electric Lit
  • NPR Books
  • Paste
  • The Globe

In One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, Scaachi Koul deploys her razor-sharp humor to share all the fears, outrages, and mortifying moments of her life. She learned from an early age what made her miserable, and for Scaachi anything can be cause for despair. Whether it’s a shopping trip gone awry; enduring awkward conversations with her bikini waxer; overcoming her fear of flying while vacationing halfway around the world; dealing with Internet trolls, or navigating the fears and anxieties of her parents. Alongside these personal stories are pointed observations about life as a woman of color: where every aspect of her appearance is open for critique, derision, or outright scorn; where strict gender rules bind in both Western and Indian cultures, leaving little room for a woman not solely focused on marriage and children to have a career (and a life) for herself.

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11 .) Sunshine State by Sarah Gerard

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amber Sparks
  • Chicago Review Of Books
  • Electric Lit
  • Entroopy
  • NPR Books
  • Paste
  • Vol.1 Brooklyn

“Sarah Gerard follows her breakout novel, Binary Star, with the dynamic essay collection Sunshine State, which explores Florida as a microcosm of the most pressing economic and environmental perils haunting our society.

In the collection’s title essay, Gerard volunteers at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, a world renowned bird refuge. There she meets its founder, who once modeled with a pelican on his arm for a Dewar’s Scotch campaign but has since declined into a pit of fraud and madness. He becomes our embezzling protagonist whose tales about the birds he “rescues” never quite add up. Gerard’s personal stories are no less eerie or poignant: An essay that begins as a look at Gerard’s first relationship becomes a heart-wrenching exploration of acquaintance rape and consent. An account of intimate female friendship pivots midway through, morphing into a meditation on jealousy and class.”

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10 .) The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Boston Globe
  • King County Library
  • LA Times
  • NPR Books
  • Paste
  • The New York Times
  • The Washington Post

In 1955, white men in the Mississippi Delta lynched a fourteen-year-old from Chicago named Emmett Till. His murder was part of a wave of white terrorism in the wake of the 1954 Supreme Court decision that declared public school segregation unconstitutional. Only weeks later, Rosa Parks thought about young Emmett as she refused to move to the back of a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Five years later, Black students who called themselves “the Emmett Till generation” launched sit-in campaigns that turned the struggle for civil rights into a mass movement. Till’s lynching became the most notorious hate crime in American history.

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9 .) What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Lists It Appears On:

  • Boston Globe
  • LA Times
  • NPR Books
  • The Globe
  • The New York Times
  • The Washington Post
  • Time

“For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.

In these pages, she describes what it was like to run against Donald Trump, the mistakes she made, how she has coped with a shocking and devastating loss, and how she found the strength to pick herself back up afterward. With humor and candor, she tells readers what it took to get back on her feet—the rituals, relationships, and reading that got her through, and what the experience has taught her about life. She speaks about the challenges of being a strong woman in the public eye, the criticism over her voice, age, and appearance, and the double standard confronting women in politics.”

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8 .) The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen

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“Award-winning journalist Masha Gessen’s understanding of the events and forces that have wracked Russia in recent times is unparalleled. In The Future Is History, Gessen follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their own–as entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers, and writers, sexual and social beings.

Gessen charts their paths against the machinations of the regime that would crush them all, and against the war it waged on understanding itself, which ensured the unobstructed reemergence of the old Soviet order in the form of today’s terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state. Powerful and urgent, The Future Is History is a cautionary tale for our time and for all time.”

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7 .) Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, And Fake News by Kevin Young

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  • LA Times
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  • The New York Times
  • Vol.1 Brooklyn

“Award-winning poet and critic Kevin Young tours us through a rogue’s gallery of hoaxers, plagiarists, forgers, and fakers―from the humbug of P. T. Barnum and Edgar Allan Poe to the unrepentant bunk of JT LeRoy and Donald J. Trump. Bunk traces the history of the hoax as a peculiarly American phenomenon, examining what motivates hucksters and makes the rest of us so gullible. Disturbingly, Young finds that fakery is woven from stereotype and suspicion, race being the most insidious American hoax of all. He chronicles how Barnum came to fame by displaying figures like Joice Heth, a black woman whom he pretended was the 161-year-old nursemaid to George Washington, and What Is It?, an African American man Barnum professed was a newly discovered missing link in evolution.

Bunk then turns to the hoaxing of history and the ways that forgers, plagiarists, and journalistic fakers invent backstories and falsehoods to sell us lies about themselves and about the world in our own time, from pretend Native Americans Grey Owl and Nasdijj to the deadly imposture of Clark Rockefeller, from the made-up memoirs of James Frey to the identity theft of Rachel Dolezal. In this brilliant and timely work, Young asks what it means to live in a post-factual world of “truthiness” where everything is up for interpretation and everyone is subject to a pervasive cynicism that damages our ideas of reality, fact, and art.”

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6 .) We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby

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  • Large Hearted Boy
  • Multnomah County
  • NPR Books
  • Vol.1 Brooklyn

With We Are Never Meeting in Real Life., “bitches gotta eat” blogger and comedian Samantha Irby turns the serio-comic essay into an art form. Whether talking about how her difficult childhood has led to a problem in making “adult” budgets, explaining why she should be the new Bachelorette—she’s “35-ish, but could easily pass for 60-something”—detailing a disastrous pilgrimage-slash-romantic-vacation to Nashville to scatter her estranged father’s ashes, sharing awkward sexual encounters, or dispensing advice on how to navigate friendships with former drinking buddies who are now suburban moms—hang in there for the Costco loot—she’s as deft at poking fun at the ghosts of her past self as she is at capturing powerful emotional truths.

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5 .) Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

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  • Electric Lit
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  • Paste
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Shelf Awareness
  • The New York Times
  • Vol.1 Brooklyn

“Father Greg Lockwood is unlike any Catholic priest you have ever met—a man who lounges in boxer shorts, loves action movies, and whose constant jamming on the guitar reverberates “like a whole band dying in a plane crash in 1972.” His daughter is an irreverent poet who long ago left the Church’s country. When an unexpected crisis leads her and her husband to move back into her parents’ rectory, their two worlds collide.

In Priestdaddy, Lockwood interweaves emblematic moments from her childhood and adolescence—from an ill-fated family hunting trip and an abortion clinic sit-in where her father was arrested to her involvement in a cultlike Catholic youth group—with scenes that chronicle the eight-month adventure she and her husband had in her parents’ household after a decade of living on their own. Lockwood details her education of a seminarian who is also living at the rectory, tries to explain Catholicism to her husband, who is mystified by its bloodthirstiness and arcane laws, and encounters a mysterious substance on a hotel bed with her mother. “

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4 .) You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie

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  • Boston Globe

Family relationships are never simple. But Sherman Alexie’s bond with his mother Lillian was more complex than most. She plunged her family into chaos with a drinking habit, but shed her addiction when it was on the brink of costing her everything. She survived a violent past, but created an elaborate facade to hide the truth. She selflessly cared for strangers, but was often incapable of showering her children with the affection that they so desperately craved. She wanted a better life for her son, but it was only by leaving her behind that he could hope to achieve it. It’s these contradictions that made Lillian Alexie a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated, and very human woman.

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3 .) We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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But the story of these present-day eight years is not just about presidential politics. This book also examines the new voices, ideas, and movements for justice that emerged over this period—and the effects of the persistent, haunting shadow of our nation’s old and unreconciled history. Coates powerfully examines the events of the Obama era from his intimate and revealing perspective—the point of view of a young writer who begins the journey in an unemployment office in Harlem and ends it in the Oval Office, interviewing a president.

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2 .) Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

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  • Large Hearted Boy
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  • Vol.1 Brooklyn

New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and bodies, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she casts an insightful and critical eye on her childhood, teens, and twenties—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and brings readers into the present and the realities, pains, and joys of her daily life.

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1 .) Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

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  • Vol.1 Brooklyn

“In this last remnant of the Wild West—where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the “Phantom Terror,” roamed—many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection. Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating.”

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The 500+ Additional Best Nonfiction Books Of 2017



 

# Books Author Lists
(Titles Appear On 3 Lists Each)
37 300 Arguments Sarah Manguso BookRiot
Electric Lit
Entroopy
38 After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography Chris Kraus Entroopy
NPR Books
The Portable Infinite
39 Afterglow (a dog memoir) Eileen Myles Entroopy
The Globe
Thrillist
40 American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road Nick Bilton Amazon
Sit Tableside
The Globe
41 Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India Sujatha Gidla Publishers Weekly
Shelf Awareness
Marginal Revolution
42 Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone Brené Brown Amazon
Indigo
Sit Tableside
43 Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II Liza Mundy Barnes & Noble
King County Library
The Washington Post
44 Dreaming The Beatles: The Love Story Of One Band And The Whole World Rob Sheffield Marginal Revolution
Multnomah County
NPR Books
45 Ghost Of The Innocent Man: A True Story Of Trial And Redemption Benjamin Rachlin Multnomah County
NPR Books
Shelf Awareness
46 Gorbachev: His Life And Times William Taubmann Marginal Revolution
NPR Books
The Washington Post
47 Grant Ron Chernow Barnes & Noble
Boston Globe
The New York Times
48 High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic Glenn Frankel Dallas News
LA Times
The Washington Post
49 Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century Jessica Bruder King County Library
Multnomah County
The New York Times
50 Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy Sheryl Sandberg Barnes & Noble
Goodreads
Indigo
51 Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life Jonathan Gould North Shore News
NPR Books
Paste
52 Somebody With A Little Hammer: Essays Mary Gaitskill Electric Lit
Marginal Revolution
The Portable Infinite
53 Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine Joe Hagan The Spinoff
North Shore News
Thrillist
54 Tenements, Towers and Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History Of New York City Julia Wertz Chicago Tribune
NPR Books
The New York Times
55 The Death and Life of the Great Lakes Dan Egan MPR News
Multnomah County
The New York Times
56 The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America Frances FitzGerald The New York Times
The Washington Post
Time
57 The Invention of Angela Carter Edmund Gordon Amber Sparks
The New York Times
The Portable Infinite
58 The Potlikker Papers: A Food History Of The Modern South John T. Edge NPR Books
Paste
Publishers Weekly
59 The Radium Girls: The Dark Story Of America’s Shining Women Kate Moore Barnes & Noble
King County Library
NPR Books
60 The Retreat of Western Liberalism Edward Luce Amazon
Noted
The Washington Post
61 Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) David Sedaris Barnes & Noble
NPR Books
The Spinoff
62 Too Much And Not The Mood: Essays Durga Chew-Bose Chicago Review Of Books
NPR Books
The Globe
63 What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories Laura Shapiro Multnomah County
NPR Books
The Washington Post
64 Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race Reni Eddo-Lodge NPR Books
Readings
Shelf Awareness
65 Why Poetry Matthew Zapruder Entroopy
LA Times
The Washington Post
66 Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries Kory Stamper Amazon
Goodreads
Publishers Weekly
(Titles Appear On 2 Lists Each)
67 A Woman is a Woman Until She is a Mother Anna Prushinskaya Amber Sparks
Entroopy
68 Affluence Without Abundance: The Disappearing World Of The Bushmen James Suzman NPR Books
The Washington Post
69 An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business And How You Can Take It Back Elisabeth Rosenthal NPR Books
The Washington Post
70 Autumn Karl Ove Knausgaard Entroopy
NPR Books
71 Basketball Shea Serrano Barnes & Noble
NPR Books
72 Between Them: Remembering My Parents Richard Ford NPR Books
The Globe
73 Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation Kyo Maclear Entroopy
The Globe
74 Blind Spot Teju Cole Entroopy
Time
75 Body Horror Anne Elizabeth Moore BookRiot
1 Chicago Review Of Books
76 Book of Mutter Kate Zambreno Electric Lit
Entroopy
77 Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe Kapka Kassabova BookRiot
Noted
78 Born a Crime Trevor Noah Multnomah County
The New York Times
79 Calder: The Conquest of Time: The Early Years, 1898-1940 Jed Perl Boston Globe
LA Times
80 Chester B. Himes: A Biography Lawrence P. Jackson NPR Books
The Washington Post
81 Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom Thomas E. Ricks Barnes & Noble
The New York Times
82 Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among The Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, And Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me To Live For Taste Bianca Bosker Multnomah County
NPR Books
83 Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. Danielle Allen Shelf Awareness
The Washington Post
84 Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life Yiyun Li Amber Sparks
Entroopy
85 Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, And The Storming Of The Presidency Joshua Green NPR Books
The New York Times
86 Draft No. 4: On The Writing Process John McPhee Amazon
NPR Books
87 Dying: A Memoir Cory Taylor Amber Sparks
Entroopy
88 Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast Megan Marshall Boston Globe
The Washington Post
89 Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics Kim Phillips-Fein Amazon
Publishers Weekly
90 Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life Robert Dallek NPR Books
The Washington Post
91 Ghosts of Seattle Past: An Anthology of Lost Seattle Places Jaimee Garbacik King County Library
Multnomah County
92 Ghosts Of The Tsunami: Death And Life In Japan’s Disaster Zone Richard Lloyd Parry Amazon
NPR Books
93 Good Booty: Love And Sex, Black And White, Body And Soul In American Music Ann Powers Vol.1 Brooklyn
NPR Books
94 Grown-Up Anger: The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and the Calumet Massacre of 1913 Daniel Wolff Paste
Thrillist
95 Henry David Thoreau: A Life Laura Dassow Walls Publishers Weekly
The New York Times
96 Hostage Guy Delisle Multnomah County
NPR Books
97 How to Murder Your Life Cat Marnell Paste
The Spinoff
98 Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam Mark Bowden Hudson Booksellers
The Washington Post
99 I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad Souad Mekhennet MPR News
Publishers Weekly
100 Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me Bill Hayes Readings
Shelf Awareness
101 Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel John Stubbs LA Times
The Washington Post
102 Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-Right Angela Nagle NPR Books
The Spinoff
103 Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night Jason Zinoman The New York Times
The Washington Post
104 Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey Of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Helene Cooper NPR Books
The Washington Post
105 Mozart’s Starling Lyanda Lynn Haupt Multnomah County
NPR Books
106 No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America Ron Powers The Washington Post
Shelf Awareness
107 October: The Story of the Russian Revolution China Mieville Multnomah County
Publishers Weekly
108 On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century Timothy Snyder Indigo
The Washington Post
109 Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder Caroline Fraser Boston Globe
The New York Times
110 Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan Elaine M. Hayes Publishers Weekly
The Washington Post
111 Ranger Games Ben Blum MPR News
Indigo
112 Richard Nixon: The Life John A. Farrell NPR Books
The Washington Post
113 Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama David Garrow Zocalo
Marginal Revolution
114 Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A study of Genius, Mania, and Character Kay Redfield Jamison Boston Globe
The Washington Post
115 South and West: From a Notebook Joan Didion North Shore News
NPR Books
116 Sting-Ray Afternoons: A memoir Steve Rushin MPR News
Multnomah County
117 The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, And The Man Who Captured Lincoln’s Ghost Peter Manseau NPR Books
Publishers Weekly
118 The Bright Hour: A Memoir Of Living And Dying Nina Riggs Multnomah County
NPR Books
119 The Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick’ Darryl Pinckney The New York Times
Boston Globe
120 The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History In The Old South Michael W. Twitty NPR Books
Paste
121 THE DAWN WATCH: Joseph Conrad in a Global World Maya Jasanoff Dallas News
The New York Times
122 The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World — And Us. Richard O. Prum Marginal Revolution
The New York Times
123 The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea Jack E. Davis NPR Books
The New York Times
124 The High Road: A Journey to the New Frontier of Cannabis Colin Hogg Noted
The Spinoff
125 The Letters of Sylvia Plath: Volume 1: 1940-1956 Sylvia Plath. Edited by Peter K. Steinberg and Karen V. Kukil Entroopy
The Washington Post
126 The Misfit’s Manifesto Lidia Yuknavitch Multnomah County
Entroopy
127 The Mother Of All Questions Rebecca Solnit NPR Books
1 The Spinoff
128 The New Analog: Listening And Reconnecting In A Digital World Damon Krukowski NPR Books
The Portable Infinite
129 The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir Ariel Levy NPR Books
Time
130 The Undoing Project Michael Lewis Hudson Booksellers
The New York Times
131 The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease Meredith Wadman Publishers Weekly
The Washington Post
132 The Vanity Fair Diaries Tina Brown Time
Paste
133 The Wrong Way to Save Your Life Megan Stielstra Chicago Review Of Books
Vol.1 Brooklyn
134 Who Thought This Was A Good Idea? Alyssa Mastromonaco King County Library
Multnomah County
135 Why We Sleep: Unlocking The Power Of Sleep And Dreams Matthew Walker Multnomah County
NPR Books
136 Wild Things: The Joy Of Reading Children’s Literature As An Adult Bruce Handy King County Library
NPR Books
137 You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages Carina Chocano Vol.1 Brooklyn
Amazon
138 You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn Wendy Lesser The New York Times
The Washington Post
(Titles Appear On 1 Lists Each)
139 18 And Life On Skid Row Sebastian Bach NPR Books
140 A Cage of Shadows Turnaround
141 A COLONY IN A NATION Chris Hayes
The New York Times
142 A Disappearance in Damascus: Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War Deborah Campbell Paste
143 A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa Alexis Okeowo Thrillist
144 A Passion for China Turnaround
145 A Really Big Lunch: Meditations on Food and Life from the Roving Gourmand Jim Harrison
Shelf Awareness
146 A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun Angela Jackson
Chicago Review Of Books
147 A TransPacific Poetics Edited Lisa Samuels & Sawako Nakayasu Entroopy
148 A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work Bernadette Brennan Readings
149 A Year in the Wilderness: Bearing Witness in the Boundary Waters Amy and Dave Freeman
Multnomah County
150 About to Happen Cecilia Vicuña Entroopy
151 Acker Douglas A. Martin
The Portable Infinite
152 Admissions: Life as a Brain Surgeon Henry Marsh Thrillist
153 Adult Fantasy Briohny Doyle Readings
154 Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States. James C. Scott
Marginal Revolution
155 Al Franken Giant of the Senate
Hudson Booksellers
156 American Wolf Nate Blakeslee
King County Library
157 An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, And An Epic Daniel Mendelsohn NPR Books
158 And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy: Stories From The Byways Of American Women And Religion Adrian Shirk NPR Books
159 Apollo in the Age of Aquarius. Neil M. Maher
Marginal Revolution
160 Arabia Felix: The Danish Expedition Of 1761-1767 Thorkild Hansen, translated NPR Books
161 Arrival: The Story of CanLit, Nick Mount The Globe
162 ARS BOTANICA TIM TARANTO BookRiot
163 Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene Anna Tsing, Heather Swanson, Elaine Gan and Nils Bubandt
Shelf Awareness
164 At The Lightning Field Laura Raicovich NPR Books
165 Baseball Life Advice: Loving the Game That Saved Me, Stacey May Fowles The Globe
166 Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst Robert M. Sapolsky
Barnes & Noble
167 Being a Beast: Adventures Across the Species Divide Charles Foster Entroopy
168 Being Elvis: A Lonely Life Ray Connolly
The Portable Infinite
169 Bellevue: Three Centuries Of Medicine And Mayhem At America’s Most Storied Hospital David Oshinsky NPR Books
170 Big Capital Anna Minton
Chicago Review Of Books
171 Birding Without Borders Noah Strycker
Multnomah County
172 Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street, Sheelah Kolhatkar The Globe
173 Blood, Sweat, and Fear: The Story of Inspector Vance, Vancouver’s First Forensic Investigator Eve Lazarus
North Shore News
174 Bloodlines: The True Story of a Drug Cartel, the FBI, and the Battle for a Horse-Racing Dynasty Melissa del Bosque Thrillist
175 Bobby Kennedy Chris Matthews
Barnes & Noble
176 Botox Nation: Changing The Face Of America Dana Berkowitz NPR Books
177 Brolliology Turnaround
178 Capitalism Without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy. Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake
Marginal Revolution
179 Carole Boston Weatherford Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by Eric Velasquez. Candlewick
School Library Journal
180 Charles Darwin: Victorian Mythmaker A N Wilson The Spinoff
181 Cheech Is Not My Real Name … But Don’t Call Me Chong! Zocalo
182 Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name: The Change of Worlds for the Native People and Settlers on Puget Sound David M. Buerge
Island Books
183 Chokehold: Policing Black Men Paul Butler
The Washington Post
184 Chris Harris Chris Harris, illus. by Lane Smith. Little, Brown
School Library Journal
185 Chuck D presents This day in rap and hip-hop history Chuck D
Multnomah County
186 Cinemaps: An Atlas Of 35 Great Movies Andrew DeGraff, with essays NPR Books
187 Clashing Over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy. Douglas Irwin
Marginal Revolution
188 Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50 Year Relationship on and off the Court Kareem Abdul-Jabbar LA Times
189 Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook Alice Waters
Publishers Weekly
190 Conversation With Edwidge Danticat Maxine Lavon Montgomery (editor)
The Portable Infinite
191 Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate Zoe Quinn Paste
192 Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race, Naben Ruthnum The Globe
193 Cynthia Levinson & Sanford Levinson Cynthia Levinson & Sanford Levinson. Peachtree
School Library Journal
194 Dadland Keggie Carew NPR Books
195 Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years Nelson Mandela and Mandla Langa NPR Books
196 Daring to Drive Manal Sharif
King County Library
197 Dashka Slater Dashka Slater. Farrar
School Library Journal
198 Dave Eggers Dave Eggers, illus. by Shawn Harris. Chronicle
School Library Journal
199 David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LBGT Music Darryl W. Bullock Thrillist
200 David Bowie: A Life Dylan Jones
Multnomah County
201 Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion Chris Barton
Multnomah County
202 Deborah Heiligman Deborah Heiligman. Holt
School Library Journal
203 Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America Nancy MacLean
Publishers Weekly
204 Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom Condoleezza Rice
Barnes & Noble
205 DESTINED FOR WAR: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap? Graham Allison
The New York Times
206 Dinner: Changing the Game Melissa Clark
Multnomah County
207 Dishing Up the Dirt: Simple Recipes for Cooking Through the Seasons Andrea Bemis
Multnomah County
208 Do I Make Myself Clear?: Why Writing Well Matters Harold Evans NPR Books
209 Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West Tom Clavin
Barnes & Noble
210 Draw Your Weapons Turnaround
211 Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit Aisha Sabatini Sloan Entroopy
212 Driving to Treblinka Diana Wichtel The Spinoff
213 Easternization: Asia’s Rise And America’s Decline From Obama To Trump And Beyond Gideon Rachman NPR Books
214 editor Ken Gormley
Marginal Revolution
215 editor. A New Literary History of Modern China. David Der-Wei Wang
Marginal Revolution
216 Elizabeth Rusch Elizabeth Rusch, photos by Karin Anderson. HMH
School Library Journal
217 Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds Adrienne Maree Brown Entroopy
218 Emma Otheguy Emma Otheguy, illus. by Beatriz Vidal. Children’s Pr./Lee & Low
School Library Journal
219 Empty Branch, Finding Hope Through Lament Marilyn Weisenburg
Multnomah County
220 Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery Scott Kelly
Barnes & Noble
221 Ernest Hemingway: A Biography Mary V. Dearborn
The Washington Post
222 Everything All at Once: How to Unleash Your Inner Nerd, Tap into Radical Curiosity and Solve Any Problem Bill Nye
Barnes & Noble
223 Everything Is Combustible Richard Lloyd
The Portable Infinite
224 Everything Is Flammable Gabrielle Bell NPR Books
225 Extreme Cities: The Perils and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change Ashley Dawson
Publishers Weekly
226 F*ck Love Michael and Sarah Bennett
Multnomah County
227 False River Paula Morris The Spinoff
228 Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History Kurt Andersen Noted
229 Farewell To The Muse: Love, War, and the Women of Surrealism Whitney Chadwick
The Portable Infinite
230 Fashion Jewelry: A beginner’s guide to jewelry making Courtney Legenhausen
Multnomah County
231 FASTING AND FEASTING: The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray Adam Federman
The New York Times
232 Fifty Inventions that Shaped the Modern Economy. Tim Harford
Marginal Revolution
233 Final Fantasy V Chris Kohler Entroopy
234 Fire!!: The Zora Neale Hurston Story Peter Bagge NPR Books
235 FLÂNEUSE: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London Lauren Elkin
The New York Times
236 Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared Alison Wilgus
Multnomah County
237 Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years Turnaround
238 Fred Korematsu Speaks Up Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi
Multnomah County
239 FRIENDS DIVIDED: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson Gordon S. Wood
The New York Times
240 From Holmes to Sherlock: The Story of the Men and Women Who Created an Icon Mattias Bostrom. Translated from the Swedish by Michael Gallagher
The Washington Post
241 From Our Hearts to Yours: New Narrative as Contemporary Practice Edited Rob Halpern & Robin Tremblay-McGaw Entroopy
242 Game Change: The Life and Death of Steve Montador, and the Future of Hockey, Ken Dryden The Globe
243 GENERATION REVOLUTION: On the Front Line Between Tradition and Change in the Middle East Rachel Aspden
The New York Times
244 Generation Wealth Lauren Greenfield
Multnomah County
245 Get well soon: History’s worst plagues and the heroes who fought them Jennifer Wright
Multnomah County
246 Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats Turnaround
247 Give a Girl a Knife Amy Thielen
Shelf Awareness
248 Goethe: Life as a Work of Art Rudiger Safranski
The Portable Infinite
249 Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York Roz Chast
Multnomah County
250 Good-bye Maoriland: The Songs and Sounds of New Zealand’s Great War Chris Bourke The Spinoff
251 Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code Laurie Wallmark
Multnomah County
252 Gutenberg’s Fingerprint: Paper, Pixels and the Lasting Impression of Books, Merilyn Simonds The Globe
253 Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy Anne Lamott Goodreads
254 HAMLET GLOBE TO GLOBE: Two Years, 190,000 Miles, 197 Countries, One Play Dominic Dromgoole
The New York Times
255 He Calls Me by Lightning: The Life of Caliph Washington and the Forgotten Saga of Jim Crow, Southern Justice, and the Death Penalty S. Jonathan Bass
The Washington Post
256 Heart of Europe: A History of the Holy Roman Empire. Peter H. Wilson
Marginal Revolution
257 HEATING & COOLING: 52 MICRO-MEMOIRS BETH ANN FENNELLY BookRiot
258 Hello! My Name is Tasty: Global Diner Favorites from Portland’s Tasty Restaurants Liz Crain and John Gorham
Multnomah County
259 Hit So Hard: A Memoir Patty Schemel
The Portable Infinite
260 Home and Away: Writing the Beautiful Game Karl Ove Knausgaard and Fredrik Ekeland MPR News
261 Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times, Kenneth Whyte The Globe
262 Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage Dani Shapiro MPR News
263 How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life Lilly Singh Goodreads
264 How To Be an Elephant Katherine Roy
Multnomah County
265 How To Keep You Alive Ella Longpre Entroopy
266 How to Read a Dress Lydia Edwards
Multnomah County
267 I Am The Wolf: Lyrics and Writings Mark Lanegan
The Portable Infinite
268 I Couldn’t Even Imagine That They Would Kill Us: An Oral History of the Attacks Against the Students of Ayotzinapa John Gibler
Publishers Weekly
269 I Hear She’s A Real Bitch, Jen Agg The Globe
270 I’m Just No Good at Rhyming Chris Harris
Multnomah County
271 Ideal Suggestions: Essays in Divinatory Poetics Selah Saterstrom Entroopy
272 iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids are Growing Up Less Rebellious Jean M. Twenge
Marginal Revolution
273 Imagine Wanting Only This Kristen Radtke Electric Lit
274 Insane Clown President Matt Taibbi The Spinoff
275 Inside Studio 54 Mark Fleischman NPR Books
276 Instant Pot Obsession Janet Zimmerman
Multnomah County
277 Irradiated Cities Mariko Nagai Entroopy
278 Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked Adam Alter Amazon
279 Jason Chin Jason Chin, illus. by author. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks.
School Library Journal
280 Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty John B. Boles
The Washington Post
281 Joni: The Anthology Edited Barney Hoskyns
North Shore News
282 Juliet’s Answer: One Man’s Search for Love and the Elusive Cure for Heartbreak, Glenn Dixon The Globe
283 Kadian Journal Thomas Harding MPR News
284 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Raymond Obstfeld Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Raymond Obstfeld. Little, Brown
School Library Journal
285 Katherine Roy Katherine Roy, illus. by author. Roaring Brook/David Macaulay Studio
School Library Journal
286 Keeping On Keeping On Alan Bennett NPR Books
287 Kelly Jensen Kelly Jensen, ed, illus. by Laura Palese. Algonquin
School Library Journal
288 Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle Over Civil Rights Steven Levingston
The Washington Post
289 Koh-I-Noor: The History of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond William Dalrymple and Anita Anand
Multnomah County
290 KRAZY: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White Michael Tisserand
The New York Times
291 L’Appart: The Delights And Disasters Of Making My Paris Home David Lebovitz NPR Books
292 Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History Tori Telfer NPR Books
293 Late Essays JM Coetzee The Spinoff
294 LENIN: The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror Victor Sebestyen
The New York Times
295 Lesa Cline-Ransome Lesa Cline-Ransome, illus. by James E. Ransome. Holiday House
School Library Journal
296 Life on the Ground Floor, James Maskalyk The Globe
297 Light the Dark Turnaround
298 Like a Solid to a Shadow Janice Lobo Sapigao Entroopy
299 Lisa Charleyhorse & Mary Beth Leatherdale Lisa Charleyhorse & Mary Beth Leatherdale, eds. Annick
School Library Journal
300 Literary Witches: A Celebration Of Magical Women Writers Taisia Kitaiskaia, illustrated NPR Books
301 Literature Class, Berkeley 1980 Julio Cortázar , translated NPR Books
302 Living a Feminist Life Sara Ahmed Entroopy
303 Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform. John F. Pfaff
Marginal Revolution
304 Lonely Boy Steve Jones
The Portable Infinite
305 Long Shot: The Triumphs and Struggles of an NBA Freedom Fighter Craig Hodges Entroopy
306 LOOKING FOR “THE STRANGER”: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic Alice Kaplan
The New York Times
307 Loree Griffin Burns Loree Griffin Burns. HMH
School Library Journal
308 Lou Reed: A Life Anthony DeCurtis
The Portable Infinite
309 Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning Claire Dederer
Island Books
310 Make Trouble John Waters
King County Library
311 Māori at Home: An Everyday Guide to Learning the Māori Language Scotty & Stacey Morrison The Spinoff
312 Marc Aronson & Marina Budhos Marc Aronson & Marina Budhos. Holt
School Library Journal
313 Margarita Engle Margarita Engle, illus. by Rafael López. Holt
School Library Journal
314 Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet Lyndal Roper
Multnomah County
315 Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World Eric Metaxas
Barnes & Noble
316 Martin W. Sandler Martin W. Sandler. Candlewick
School Library Journal
317 Marvellous Thieves: Secret Authors of the Arabian Nights Paulo Lemos Horta
North Shore News
318 Mary Losure Mary Losure. Candlewick
School Library Journal
319 MEAN MYRIAM GURBA BookRiot
320 Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame Michael Kodas Amazon
321 Memory’s Last Breath: Field Notes On My Dementia Gerda Saunders NPR Books
322 Mid-Life Ex-Wife Stella Grey
Multnomah County
323 Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters Michael Mahin
Multnomah County
324 MUTE: A Visual Document Terry Burrows
The Portable Infinite
325 My Back Pages Steven Moore
Multnomah County
326 My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness Nagata Kabi NPR Books
327 My Life Louis Kenoyer
Multnomah County
328 My Life With Bob Pamela Paul
Multnomah County
329 My Life, My Love, My Legacy Coretta Scott King, as told to Barbara Reynolds NPR Books
330 My Soul Looks Back Jessica B. Harris MPR News
331 My Soul Looks Back Jessica B. Harris
Vol.1 Brooklyn
332 Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve: What The Numbers Reveal About The Classics, Bestsellers, And Our Own Writing Ben Blatt NPR Books
333 Narrow River, Wide Sky Jenny Forrester
Multnomah County
334 Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America edited Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding Paste
335 New Zealand’s Prime Ministers: From Dick Seddon to John Key Michael Bassett Noted
336 Night Thoughts Wallace Shawn
Publishers Weekly
337 Nikau Café Cookbook Kelda Hains & Paul Schrader The Spinoff
338 Nikki Grimes Nikki Grimes, illus. by various. Bloomsbury
School Library Journal
339 Nine Continents: A Memoir In and Out of China Xiaolu Guo
Boston Globe
340 Norse Mythology Neil Gaiman
King County Library
341 NOTES ON A FOREIGN COUNTRY: An American Abroad in a Post-American World Suzy Hansen
The New York Times
342 Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life Jen Hatmaker Goodreads
343 Of Spheres Karla Kelsey Entroopy
344 Once We Were Sisters Sheila Kohler
Multnomah County
345 One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps Zocalo
346 One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported E.J. Dionne Jr., Norman J. Ornstein and Thomas E. Mann
The Washington Post
347 One, Two, Three, More Helen Levitt NPR Books
348 Out Standing in the Field: A Memoir Canada’s First Female Infantry Officer, The Globe
349 Over and Under the Pond Kate Messner
Multnomah County
350
Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World
Zocalo
351 Patricia McKissack Patricia McKissack, illus. by Brian Pinkney. Random/Schwartz & Wade
School Library Journal
352 Playing With Fire Lawrence O’Donnell
King County Library
353 Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose Joe Biden
Barnes & Noble
354
Purpose and Desire: What Makes Something “Alive” and Why Modern Darwinism Has Failed to Explain It
Zocalo
355 Qatar: Securing the Global Ambitions of a City-State. David B. Roberts
Marginal Revolution
356 Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat Patricia Williams with Jeannine Amber
Multnomah County
357 Radical Candor
Hudson Booksellers
358 Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell David Yaffe
The Washington Post
359 Rose City Vice: Portland in the ’70s–dirty cops and dirty robbers Phil Stanford
Multnomah County
360 Run For It: Stories Of Slaves Who Fought For Their Freedom Marcelo D’Salete NPR Books
361 Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood, Pauline Dakin The Globe
362 Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. Vs. Inequality Jonah Winter
Multnomah County
363 Saga Land Richard Fidler & Kári Gíslason Readings
364 Scars of Independence Holger Hoock
Dallas News
365 Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making A Living Manjula Martin, ed.
Multnomah County
366 Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City David B. Williams
Island Books
367 Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It’s Doing to Us Will Storr Noted
368 Shana Corey Shana Corey, illus. by R. Gregory Christie. NorthSouth
School Library Journal
369 Shannon Hale Shannon Hale, illus. by LeUyen Pham. First Second
School Library Journal
370 Shark Drunk Morten Stroksnes MPR News
371 Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes NPR Books
372 Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life Ruth Franklin LA Times
373 Shopping Mall Matthew Newton
Vol.1 Brooklyn
374 Sin Bravely: A Memoir Of Spiritual Disobedience Maggie Rowe NPR Books
375 Six Seasons: A New Way With Vegetables Joshua McFadden
Multnomah County
376 So Much Things To Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley Roger Steffans
The Portable Infinite
377 Sons And Soldiers
Hudson Booksellers
378 Sorry to Disrupt the Peace Patty Yumi Cottrell
Amber Sparks
379 Spineless Juli Berwald
Multnomah County
380 Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies Michael Ausiello Electric Lit
381 Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary Walter Stahr NPR Books
382 Strange Beautiful Excitement: Katherine Mansfield’s Wellington 1888-1903 Redmer Yska The Spinoff
383 Street of Eternal Happiness Rob Schmitz Noted
384 Substance: Inside New Order Peter Hook
The Portable Infinite
385 Susan Goldman Rubin Susan Goldman Rubin. Abrams
School Library Journal
386 Swallow the Fish Gabrielle Civil Entroopy
387 Tale As Old As Time Turnaround
388 Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation John Freeman, ed.
Multnomah County
389 Tales of Wonder: Retelling Fairy Tales through Picture Postcards Jack Zipes MPR News
390 Teeth: The Story Of Beauty, Inequality, And The Struggle For Oral Health In America Mary Otto NPR Books
391 The 57 Bus Dashka Slater
Multnomah County
392 The Acid Watchers’ Diet: A 28-day Reflux Prevention Program Jonathan Aviv
Multnomah County
393 The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For David McCullough
Barnes & Noble
394 The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story Edwidge Dandicat Entroopy
395 The Art of Misdiagnosis Gayle Brandeis
Large Hearted Boy
396 The Beautiful Country And The Middle Kingdom: America And China, 1776 To The Present John Pomfret NPR Books
397 The Best of Us: A Memoir Joyce Maynard
Island Books
398 The Bettencourt Affair: The World’s Richest Woman And The Scandal That Rocked Paris Tom Sancton NPR Books
399 The Big Push Turnaround
400 The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories Ilan Pappe
Publishers Weekly
401 The Book of Disquiet: The Complete Edition Fernando Pessoa Entroopy
402 The Book of Mutter Kate Zambreno
Amber Sparks
403 The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine Lindsey Fitzharris NPR Books
404 The Card Catalog
King County Library
405 The Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of Time and Money. Bryan Caplan
Marginal Revolution
406 The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse Rich Cohen Amazon
407 The Clitoral Truth Turnaround
408 The Comfort Food Diaries: My Quest For The Perfect Dish To Mend A Broken Heart Emily Nunn NPR Books
409 THE CRISIS OF THE MIDDLE-CLASS CONSTITUTION: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic Ganesh Sitaraman
The New York Times
410 The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President Bandy X. Lee
The Washington Post
411 The Dawn of Eurasia. Technically this doesn’t come out until January Bruno Maçães
Marginal Revolution
412 The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters Thomas M. Nichols Amazon
413 The Doubles Scott Esposito
Vol.1 Brooklyn
414 The Drive: Searching for Lost Memories on the Pan-American Highway Teresa Bruce
Multnomah County
415 The Exile: The Stunning Inside Story of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda in Flight Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy
Publishers Weekly
416 The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It Joanna Scutts
Boston Globe
417 THE FACT OF A BODY: A MURDER AND A MEMOIR Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich Book Riot 2
418 The Family Imprint: A Daughter’s Portrait Of Love And Loss Nancy Borowick NPR Books
419
The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone In-Betweenby Abigail Marsh
Paste
420 The Ghost: A Cultural History Zocalo
421 THE GLASS UNIVERSE: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars Dava Sobel
The New York Times
422 The Gourmands’ Way: Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy Justin Spring
Publishers Weekly
423 The Great Nadar: The Man Behind the Camera Adam Begley
North Shore News
424 The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet Henry Fountain LA Times
425 The Handover: How Bigwigs and Bureaucrats Transferred Canada’s Best Publisher and the Best Part of Our Literary Heritage to a Foreign Multinational, Elaine Dewar The Globe
426 The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers Zocalo
427 The Hero’s Body Turnaround
428 THE HOUSE OF GOVERNMENT: A Saga of the Russian Revolution Yuri Slezkine
The New York Times
429 The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists Daniel W. Drezner
Marginal Revolution
430 The Impossible Revolution: Making Sense of the Syrian Tragedy. Yassin Al-Haj Saleh
Marginal Revolution
431 The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume Dennis C. Rasmussen
Marginal Revolution
432 The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, And The Power Of Seeing Damion Searls NPR Books
433 The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek Howard Markel
Boston Globe
434 The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home Denise Kiernan Amazon
435 The Last Word: Reviving the Dying Art of Eulogy, Julia Cooper The Globe
436 The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road Finn Murphy
Island Books
437 The Madeleine Project Turnaround
438 The Man Who Ate Lincoln Road Steve Braunias The Spinoff
439 The Meaning of Michelle Veronica Chambers Time
440 The Music of Life: Bartolomeo Cristofori & the Invention of the Piano Elizabeth Rusch
Multnomah County
441 The New Odyssey: The Story Of The Twenty-First Century Refugee Crisis Patrick Kingsley NPR Books
442 The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone. Brian Merchant
Marginal Revolution
443 The Other Side of Impossible: Ordinary People Who Faced Daunting Medical Challenges and Refused to Give Up Susannah Meadows
Multnomah County
444 The Perils of ‘Privilege’: Why Injustice Can’t Be Solved by Accusing Others of Advantage Phoebe Maltz Bovy
The Washington Post
445 The Photo Ark Joel Sartore
King County Library
446 The Poetry of Pop Adam Bradley
The Washington Post
447 The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers Hollis Robbins and Henry Louis Gates Jr. (editors) NPR Books
448 The President’s Keepers: Those Keeping Zuma In Power And Out Of Prison Jacques Pauw NPR Books
449 The Push: A climber’s journey of endurance, risk, and going beyond limits Tommy Caldwell
Multnomah County
450 The Quest for Z: The True Story of Explorer Percy Fawcett and a Lost City in the Amazon Greg Pizzoli
Multnomah County
451 The Reconciliation Manifesto: Recovering the Land, Rebuilding the Economy, Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson The Globe
452 The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States During Reconstruction and the Gilded Age Richard White
Marginal Revolution
453 The River of Consciousness Oliver Sacks The Globe
454 The Road to Jonestown Jeff Guinn
Dallas News
455 The Robin: A Biography Stephen Moss The Spinoff
456 The Saboteur: The Aristocrat Who Became France’s Most Daring Anti-Nazi Commando Paul Kix Thrillist
457 The Sarah Book Scott McClanahan Entroopy
458 The Scent Of Jasmine: Coming Of Age In Jerusalem And Damascus Anan Ameri NPR Books
459 The Science of Orphan Black Turnaround
460 The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict was Fought and Won. Victor Davis Hanson
Marginal Revolution
461 The Secret Life of Fat Sylvia Tara
Multnomah County
462 The Secret Life: Three True Stories of the Digital Age Andrew O’Hagan
Publishers Weekly
463 The Secret Lives Of Color Kassia St. Clair NPR Books
464 The Shadow in the Garden: A Biographer’s Tale James Atlas
Publishers Weekly
465 The Social Life of Books: Reading Together in the Eighteenth-Century Home Abigail Williams
The Washington Post
466 THE SONGS WE KNOW BEST: John Ashbery’s Early Life Karin Roffman
The New York Times
467 The State Of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity Esther Perel NPR Books
468 The Storm Before The Storm: The Beginning Of The End Of The Roman Republic Mike Duncan NPR Books
469 The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life Mark Manson The Spinoff
470 THE SUN AND HER FLOWERS Rupi Kaur Indigo
471 The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search For Human Happiness Paula Poundstone NPR Books
472 The Trauma Cleaner Sarah Krasnostein Readings
473 The Unfinished Dollhouse: A Memoir of Gender and Identity, Michelle Alfano The Globe
474 The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World Jeff Goodell
The Washington Post
475 The Way Of The Hare Marianne Taylor NPR Books
476 The Whisky King: The Remarkable True Story of Canada’s Most Infamous Bootlegger and the Undercover Mountie on his Trail, Trevor Cole The Globe
477 The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story Of Love, Spies, And The Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies Jason Fagone NPR Books
478 The World Broke In Two: Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster, And The Year That Changed Literature Bill Goldstein NPR Books
479
The Written Word: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization unpacks
Zocalo
480 The Year I Was Peter The Great: 1956 – Khrushchev, Stalin’s Ghost, and a Young American in Russia Marvin Kalb NPR Books
481 These Two Hands Renée The Spinoff
482 This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class Elizabeth Warren
Multnomah County
483 This Is Just My Face: Try Not To Stare Gabourey Sidibe NPR Books
484
Thursday Night Lights: The Story of Black High School Football in Texas
Zocalo
485 Tinderbox Turnaround
486 TO SIRI WITH LOVE: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines Judith Newman
The New York Times
487 Tonya Bolden Tonya Bolden. Abrams
School Library Journal
488 Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise And Reign Of The Unruly Woman Anne Helen Petersen NPR Books
489 Tracker Alexis Wright Readings
490 Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest Zeynep Tufekci
The Washington Post
491 Two and Two: McSorley’s, My Dad, and Me Rafe Bartholomew Thrillist
492 Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History Katy Tur Thrillist
493 Unfuck Your Brain Turnaround
494 Unseen London Turnaround
495 Utopia for Realists Rutger Bregman Readings
496 Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches John Hodgman
Multnomah County
497 Vanishing New York Jeremiah Moss
Vol.1 Brooklyn
498 Vinyl, album, cover, art: The Complete Hipgnosis Catalogue Aubrey Powell
The Portable Infinite
499 Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal Historylink, David B. Williams, Jennifer Ott
Island Books
500 We Need To Talk: How To Have Conversations That Matter Celeste Headlee NPR Books
501 We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True Gabrielle Union
Barnes & Noble
502 What Customers Crave Nicholas J. Webb
Multnomah County
503 What Does This Button Do? Bruce Dickinson Thrillist
504 What Makes a Monster? Jess Keating
Multnomah County
505 When A Bully Is President Maya Gonzalez
Multnomah County
506 When the Heart Waits
Sit Tableside
507 Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets Diane Coffey and Dean Spears
Marginal Revolution
508 Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir Amy Tan
Barnes & Noble
509 Where The Water Goes: Life And Death Along The Colorado River David Owen NPR Books
510 Who Reads Poetry Don Share and Fred Sasaki
Chicago Review Of Books
511 Why We March
King County Library
512 Women & Power: A Manifesto Mary Beard The Spinoff
513 Wrestling with His Angel: The Political Life of Lincoln, Vol. II Sidney Blumenthal LA Times
514 Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors Mika Yoshitake, ed.
Multnomah County
515 You & A Bike & A Road Eleanor Davis NPR Books
516 You Are A Badass At Making Money Jen Sincero
Multnomah County
517 You, Me, and the Violence Catherine Taylor Entroopy
518 You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women’s Friendships Deborah Tannen
The Washington Post


40 Best Nonfiction Book Sources/Lists Of 2017



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Amazon Best nonfiction of 2017
Amber Sparks Best (Subjective) Books of 2017
Barnes & Noble The Best Books of 2017: Nonfiction
Book Riot 2 THEFOLLOWINGAREBOOKRIOT’SBESTBOOKSOF2017.
BookRiot THE BEST GENRE-BENDING NONFICTION OF 2017
Boston Globe The best books of 2017
Chicago Review Of Books The Best Nonfiction Books of 2017
Chicago Tribune Best books of 2017: Fiction and nonfiction that moved literature forward
Dallas News From East Texas to Jonestown and beyond: Our culture critic names his 10 favorite books of 2017
Electric Lit Electric Literature’s 15 Best Nonfiction Books of 2017
Entroopy BEST OF 2017: NON-FICTION BOOKS
Goodreads Best Nonfiction
Hudson Booksellers Best Books of 2017
Indigo TOP 10 NON-FICTION OF 2017
Island Books Our Best of the Year 2017: Nonfiction
King County Library Best Nonfiction 2017
LA Times Best books of 2017: The best nonfiction
Large Hearted Boy Favorite Nonfiction of 2017
Marginal Revolution Best non-fiction books of 2017
MPR News The best books to give and get: Nonfiction picks of 2017
Multnomah County The Best Books of 2017
North Shore News Best books of 2017
Noted The 100 Best Books of 2017
NPR Books NPR’s Book Concierge Our Guide To 2017’s Great Reads
Paste The 20 Best Nonfiction Books of 2017
Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction
Readings The best non-fiction books of 2017
School Library Journal Best Of 2017 – Nonfiction
Shelf Awareness Our Best Adult Books of 2017
Sit Tableside Favorite Books of 2017
The Globe The Globe 100
The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2017
The Portable Infinite Best Books of 2017
The Spinoff The best books of 2017: the 20 best non-fiction books
The Washington Post 50 notable works of nonfiction in 2017
Thrillist THE BEST BOOKS OF 2017 TO GIVE TO ANYONE ON YOUR LIST
Time The Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2017
Turnaround 2017 Non-Fiction Favourites
Vol.1 Brooklyn Vol.1 Brooklyn’s 2017 Favorites: Nonfiction
Zocalo Ten Illuminating Books for Confusing Times

 

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