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

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“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!

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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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  • Chicago Tribune
  • LA Times
  • North Shore News
  • Noted
  • Paste
  • The New York Times

“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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  • BookRiot
  • Chicago Review Of Books
  • Dallas News
  • Electric Lit
  • Entroopy
  • LA Times
  • NPR Books
  • 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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  • Amber Sparks
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Entroopy
  • Hudson Booksellers
  • King County Library
  • 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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  • Book Riot 2
  • Boston Globe
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Electric Lit
  • Multnomah County
  • 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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  • Book Riot 2
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  • Island Books
  • King County Library
  • LA Times
  • Multnomah County
  • NPR Books
  • Shelf Awareness
  • The Washington Post
  • 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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  • Book Riot 2
  • Boston Globe
  • Electric Lit
  • Entroopy
  • Goodreads
  • Island Books
  • King County Library
  • LA Times
  • MPR News
  • Multnomah County
  • Paste
  • The New York Times
  • Time

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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  • Book Riot 2
  • Electric Lit
  • Entroopy
  • Indigo
  • King County Library
  • LA Times
  • Large Hearted Boy
  • Multnomah County
  • Noted
  • NPR Books
  • Paste
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Readings
  • Shelf Awareness
  • The Globe
  • Time
  • 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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  • Amazon
  • Amber Sparks
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  • Boston Globe
  • Electric Lit
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  • Island Books
  • King County Library
  • LA Times
  • MPR News
  • North Shore News
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  • Paste
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Readings
  • Shelf Awareness
  • The Globe
  • The New York Times
  • The Washington Post
  • Time
  • 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



 

#BooksAuthorLists
(Titles Appear On 3 Lists Each)
37300 ArgumentsSarah MangusoBookRiot
Electric Lit
Entroopy
38After Kathy Acker: A Literary BiographyChris KrausEntroopy
NPR Books
The Portable Infinite
39Afterglow (a dog memoir)Eileen MylesEntroopy
The Globe
Thrillist
40American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk RoadNick BiltonAmazon
Sit Tableside
The Globe
41Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern IndiaSujatha GidlaPublishers Weekly
Shelf Awareness
Marginal Revolution
42Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand AloneBrené BrownAmazon
Indigo
Sit Tableside
43Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War IILiza MundyBarnes & Noble
King County Library
The Washington Post
44Dreaming The Beatles: The Love Story Of One Band And The Whole WorldRob SheffieldMarginal Revolution
Multnomah County
NPR Books
45Ghost Of The Innocent Man: A True Story Of Trial And RedemptionBenjamin RachlinMultnomah County
NPR Books
Shelf Awareness
46Gorbachev: His Life And TimesWilliam TaubmannMarginal Revolution
NPR Books
The Washington Post
47GrantRon ChernowBarnes & Noble
Boston Globe
The New York Times
48High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American ClassicGlenn FrankelDallas News
LA Times
The Washington Post
49Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First CenturyJessica BruderKing County Library
Multnomah County
The New York Times
50Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding JoySheryl SandbergBarnes & Noble
Goodreads
Indigo
51Otis Redding: An Unfinished LifeJonathan GouldNorth Shore News
NPR Books
Paste
52Somebody With A Little Hammer: EssaysMary GaitskillElectric Lit
Marginal Revolution
The Portable Infinite
53Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone MagazineJoe HaganThe Spinoff
North Shore News
Thrillist
54Tenements, Towers and Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History Of New York CityJulia WertzChicago Tribune
NPR Books
The New York Times
55The Death and Life of the Great LakesDan EganMPR News
Multnomah County
The New York Times
56The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape AmericaFrances FitzGeraldThe New York Times
The Washington Post
Time
57The Invention of Angela CarterEdmund GordonAmber Sparks
The New York Times
The Portable Infinite
58The Potlikker Papers: A Food History Of The Modern SouthJohn T. EdgeNPR Books
Paste
Publishers Weekly
59The Radium Girls: The Dark Story Of America’s Shining WomenKate MooreBarnes & Noble
King County Library
NPR Books
60The Retreat of Western LiberalismEdward LuceAmazon
Noted
The Washington Post
61Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)David SedarisBarnes & Noble
NPR Books
The Spinoff
62Too Much And Not The Mood: EssaysDurga Chew-BoseChicago Review Of Books
NPR Books
The Globe
63What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their StoriesLaura ShapiroMultnomah County
NPR Books
The Washington Post
64Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About RaceReni Eddo-LodgeNPR Books
Readings
Shelf Awareness
65Why PoetryMatthew ZapruderEntroopy
LA Times
The Washington Post
66Word by Word: The Secret Life of DictionariesKory StamperAmazon
Goodreads
Publishers Weekly
(Titles Appear On 2 Lists Each)
67A Woman is a Woman Until She is a MotherAnna PrushinskayaAmber Sparks
Entroopy
68Affluence Without Abundance: The Disappearing World Of The BushmenJames SuzmanNPR Books
The Washington Post
69An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business And How You Can Take It BackElisabeth RosenthalNPR Books
The Washington Post
70AutumnKarl Ove KnausgaardEntroopy
NPR Books
71BasketballShea SerranoBarnes & Noble
NPR Books
72Between Them: Remembering My ParentsRichard FordNPR Books
The Globe
73Birds Art Life: A Year of ObservationKyo MaclearEntroopy
The Globe
74Blind SpotTeju ColeEntroopy
Time
75Body HorrorAnne Elizabeth MooreBookRiot
1Chicago Review Of Books
76Book of MutterKate ZambrenoElectric Lit
Entroopy
77Border: A Journey to the Edge of EuropeKapka KassabovaBookRiot
Noted
78Born a CrimeTrevor NoahMultnomah County
The New York Times
79Calder: The Conquest of Time: The Early Years, 1898-1940Jed PerlBoston Globe
LA Times
80Chester B. Himes: A BiographyLawrence P. JacksonNPR Books
The Washington Post
81Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for FreedomThomas E. RicksBarnes & Noble
The New York Times
82Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among The Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, And Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me To Live For TasteBianca BoskerMultnomah County
NPR Books
83Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.Danielle AllenShelf Awareness
The Washington Post
84Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your LifeYiyun LiAmber Sparks
Entroopy
85Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, And The Storming Of The PresidencyJoshua GreenNPR Books
The New York Times
86Draft No. 4: On The Writing ProcessJohn McPheeAmazon
NPR Books
87Dying: A MemoirCory TaylorAmber Sparks
Entroopy
88Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for BreakfastMegan MarshallBoston Globe
The Washington Post
89Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity PoliticsKim Phillips-FeinAmazon
Publishers Weekly
90Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political LifeRobert DallekNPR Books
The Washington Post
91Ghosts of Seattle Past: An Anthology of Lost Seattle PlacesJaimee GarbacikKing County Library
Multnomah County
92Ghosts Of The Tsunami: Death And Life In Japan’s Disaster ZoneRichard Lloyd ParryAmazon
NPR Books
93Good Booty: Love And Sex, Black And White, Body And Soul In American MusicAnn PowersVol.1 Brooklyn
NPR Books
94Grown-Up Anger: The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and the Calumet Massacre of 1913Daniel WolffPaste
Thrillist
95Henry David Thoreau: A LifeLaura Dassow WallsPublishers Weekly
The New York Times
96HostageGuy DelisleMultnomah County
NPR Books
97How to Murder Your LifeCat MarnellPaste
The Spinoff
98Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in VietnamMark BowdenHudson Booksellers
The Washington Post
99I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of JihadSouad MekhennetMPR News
Publishers Weekly
100Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and MeBill HayesReadings
Shelf Awareness
101Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant RebelJohn StubbsLA Times
The Washington Post
102Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-RightAngela NagleNPR Books
The Spinoff
103Letterman: The Last Giant of Late NightJason ZinomanThe New York Times
The Washington Post
104Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey Of Ellen Johnson SirleafHelene CooperNPR Books
The Washington Post
105Mozart’s StarlingLyanda Lynn HauptMultnomah County
NPR Books
106No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in AmericaRon PowersThe Washington Post
Shelf Awareness
107October: The Story of the Russian RevolutionChina MievilleMultnomah County
Publishers Weekly
108On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth CenturyTimothy SnyderIndigo
The Washington Post
109Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls WilderCaroline FraserBoston Globe
The New York Times
110Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah VaughanElaine M. HayesPublishers Weekly
The Washington Post
111Ranger GamesBen BlumMPR News
Indigo
112Richard Nixon: The LifeJohn A. FarrellNPR Books
The Washington Post
113Rising Star: The Making of Barack ObamaDavid GarrowZocalo
Marginal Revolution
114Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A study of Genius, Mania, and CharacterKay Redfield JamisonBoston Globe
The Washington Post
115South and West: From a NotebookJoan DidionNorth Shore News
NPR Books
116Sting-Ray Afternoons: A memoirSteve RushinMPR News
Multnomah County
117The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, And The Man Who Captured Lincoln’s GhostPeter ManseauNPR Books
Publishers Weekly
118The Bright Hour: A Memoir Of Living And DyingNina RiggsMultnomah County
NPR Books
119The Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick’Darryl PinckneyThe New York Times
Boston Globe
120The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History In The Old SouthMichael W. TwittyNPR Books
Paste
121THE DAWN WATCH: Joseph Conrad in a Global WorldMaya JasanoffDallas News
The New York Times
122The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World — And Us.Richard O. PrumMarginal Revolution
The New York Times
123The Gulf: The Making of An American SeaJack E. DavisNPR Books
The New York Times
124The High Road: A Journey to the New Frontier of CannabisColin HoggNoted
The Spinoff
125The Letters of Sylvia Plath: Volume 1: 1940-1956Sylvia Plath. Edited by Peter K. Steinberg and Karen V. KukilEntroopy
The Washington Post
126The Misfit’s ManifestoLidia YuknavitchMultnomah County
Entroopy
127The Mother Of All QuestionsRebecca SolnitNPR Books
1The Spinoff
128The New Analog: Listening And Reconnecting In A Digital WorldDamon KrukowskiNPR Books
The Portable Infinite
129The Rules Do Not Apply: A MemoirAriel LevyNPR Books
Time
130The Undoing ProjectMichael LewisHudson Booksellers
The New York Times
131The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating DiseaseMeredith WadmanPublishers Weekly
The Washington Post
132The Vanity Fair DiariesTina BrownTime
Paste
133The Wrong Way to Save Your LifeMegan StielstraChicago Review Of Books
Vol.1 Brooklyn
134Who Thought This Was A Good Idea?Alyssa MastromonacoKing County Library
Multnomah County
135Why We Sleep: Unlocking The Power Of Sleep And DreamsMatthew WalkerMultnomah County
NPR Books
136Wild Things: The Joy Of Reading Children’s Literature As An AdultBruce HandyKing County Library
NPR Books
137You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed MessagesCarina ChocanoVol.1 Brooklyn
Amazon
138You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis KahnWendy LesserThe New York Times
The Washington Post
(Titles Appear On 1 Lists Each)
13918 And Life On Skid RowSebastian BachNPR Books
140A Cage of ShadowsTurnaround
141A COLONY IN A NATIONChris Hayes
The New York Times
142A Disappearance in Damascus: Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of WarDeborah CampbellPaste
143A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in AfricaAlexis OkeowoThrillist
144A Passion for ChinaTurnaround
145A Really Big Lunch: Meditations on Food and Life from the Roving GourmandJim Harrison
Shelf Awareness
146A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black SunAngela Jackson
Chicago Review Of Books
147A TransPacific Poetics EditedLisa Samuels & Sawako NakayasuEntroopy
148A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her WorkBernadette BrennanReadings
149A Year in the Wilderness: Bearing Witness in the Boundary WatersAmy and Dave Freeman
Multnomah County
150About to HappenCecilia VicuñaEntroopy
151AckerDouglas A. Martin
The Portable Infinite
152Admissions: Life as a Brain SurgeonHenry MarshThrillist
153Adult FantasyBriohny DoyleReadings
154Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States.James C. Scott
Marginal Revolution
155Al Franken Giant of the Senate
Hudson Booksellers
156American WolfNate Blakeslee
King County Library
157An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, And An EpicDaniel MendelsohnNPR Books
158And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy: Stories From The Byways Of American Women And ReligionAdrian ShirkNPR Books
159Apollo in the Age of Aquarius.Neil M. Maher
Marginal Revolution
160Arabia Felix: The Danish Expedition Of 1761-1767Thorkild Hansen, translatedNPR Books
161Arrival: The Story of CanLit,Nick MountThe Globe
162ARS BOTANICATIM TARANTOBookRiot
163Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the AnthropoceneAnna Tsing, Heather Swanson, Elaine Gan and Nils Bubandt
Shelf Awareness
164At The Lightning FieldLaura RaicovichNPR Books
165Baseball Life Advice: Loving the Game That Saved Me,Stacey May FowlesThe Globe
166Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and WorstRobert M. Sapolsky
Barnes & Noble
167Being a Beast: Adventures Across the Species DivideCharles FosterEntroopy
168Being Elvis: A Lonely LifeRay Connolly
The Portable Infinite
169Bellevue: Three Centuries Of Medicine And Mayhem At America’s Most Storied HospitalDavid OshinskyNPR Books
170Big CapitalAnna Minton
Chicago Review Of Books
171Birding Without BordersNoah Strycker
Multnomah County
172Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street,Sheelah KolhatkarThe Globe
173Blood, Sweat, and Fear: The Story of Inspector Vance, Vancouver’s First Forensic InvestigatorEve Lazarus
North Shore News
174Bloodlines: The True Story of a Drug Cartel, the FBI, and the Battle for a Horse-Racing DynastyMelissa del BosqueThrillist
175Bobby KennedyChris Matthews
Barnes & Noble
176Botox Nation: Changing The Face Of AmericaDana BerkowitzNPR Books
177BrolliologyTurnaround
178Capitalism Without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy.Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake
Marginal Revolution
179Carole Boston WeatherfordCarole Boston Weatherford, illus. by Eric Velasquez. Candlewick
School Library Journal
180Charles Darwin: Victorian MythmakerA N WilsonThe Spinoff
181Cheech Is Not My Real Name … But Don’t Call Me Chong!Zocalo
182Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name: The Change of Worlds for the Native People and Settlers on Puget SoundDavid M. Buerge
Island Books
183Chokehold: Policing Black MenPaul Butler
The Washington Post
184Chris HarrisChris Harris, illus. by Lane Smith. Little, Brown
School Library Journal
185Chuck D presents This day in rap and hip-hop historyChuck D
Multnomah County
186Cinemaps: An Atlas Of 35 Great MoviesAndrew DeGraff, with essaysNPR Books
187Clashing Over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy.Douglas Irwin
Marginal Revolution
188Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50 Year Relationship on and off the CourtKareem Abdul-JabbarLA Times
189Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture CookAlice Waters
Publishers Weekly
190Conversation With Edwidge DanticatMaxine Lavon Montgomery (editor)
The Portable Infinite
191Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online HateZoe QuinnPaste
192Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race,Naben RuthnumThe Globe
193Cynthia Levinson & Sanford LevinsonCynthia Levinson & Sanford Levinson. Peachtree
School Library Journal
194DadlandKeggie CarewNPR Books
195Dare Not Linger: The Presidential YearsNelson Mandela and Mandla LangaNPR Books
196Daring to DriveManal Sharif
King County Library
197Dashka SlaterDashka Slater. Farrar
School Library Journal
198Dave EggersDave Eggers, illus. by Shawn Harris. Chronicle
School Library Journal
199David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LBGT MusicDarryl W. BullockThrillist
200David Bowie: A LifeDylan Jones
Multnomah County
201Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of ConfusionChris Barton
Multnomah County
202Deborah HeiligmanDeborah Heiligman. Holt
School Library Journal
203Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for AmericaNancy MacLean
Publishers Weekly
204Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to FreedomCondoleezza Rice
Barnes & Noble
205DESTINED FOR WAR: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?Graham Allison
The New York Times
206Dinner: Changing the GameMelissa Clark
Multnomah County
207Dishing Up the Dirt: Simple Recipes for Cooking Through the SeasonsAndrea Bemis
Multnomah County
208Do I Make Myself Clear?: Why Writing Well MattersHarold EvansNPR Books
209Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American WestTom Clavin
Barnes & Noble
210Draw Your WeaponsTurnaround
211Dreaming of Ramadi in DetroitAisha Sabatini SloanEntroopy
212Driving to TreblinkaDiana WichtelThe Spinoff
213Easternization: Asia’s Rise And America’s Decline From Obama To Trump And BeyondGideon RachmanNPR Books
214editorKen Gormley
Marginal Revolution
215editor. A New Literary History of Modern China.David Der-Wei Wang
Marginal Revolution
216Elizabeth RuschElizabeth Rusch, photos by Karin Anderson. HMH
School Library Journal
217Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing WorldsAdrienne Maree BrownEntroopy
218Emma OtheguyEmma Otheguy, illus. by Beatriz Vidal. Children’s Pr./Lee & Low
School Library Journal
219Empty Branch, Finding Hope Through LamentMarilyn Weisenburg
Multnomah County
220Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of DiscoveryScott Kelly
Barnes & Noble
221Ernest Hemingway: A BiographyMary V. Dearborn
The Washington Post
222Everything All at Once: How to Unleash Your Inner Nerd, Tap into Radical Curiosity and Solve Any ProblemBill Nye
Barnes & Noble
223Everything Is CombustibleRichard Lloyd
The Portable Infinite
224Everything Is FlammableGabrielle BellNPR Books
225Extreme Cities: The Perils and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate ChangeAshley Dawson
Publishers Weekly
226F*ck LoveMichael and Sarah Bennett
Multnomah County
227False RiverPaula MorrisThe Spinoff
228Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year HistoryKurt AndersenNoted
229Farewell To The Muse: Love, War, and the Women of SurrealismWhitney Chadwick
The Portable Infinite
230Fashion Jewelry: A beginner’s guide to jewelry makingCourtney Legenhausen
Multnomah County
231FASTING AND FEASTING: The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience GrayAdam Federman
The New York Times
232Fifty Inventions that Shaped the Modern Economy.Tim Harford
Marginal Revolution
233Final Fantasy VChris KohlerEntroopy
234Fire!!: The Zora Neale Hurston StoryPeter BaggeNPR Books
235FLÂNEUSE: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and LondonLauren Elkin
The New York Times
236Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers SoaredAlison Wilgus
Multnomah County
237Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred YearsTurnaround
238Fred Korematsu Speaks UpLaura Atkins and Stan Yogi
Multnomah County
239FRIENDS DIVIDED: John Adams and Thomas JeffersonGordon S. Wood
The New York Times
240From Holmes to Sherlock: The Story of the Men and Women Who Created an IconMattias Bostrom. Translated from the Swedish by Michael Gallagher
The Washington Post
241From Our Hearts to Yours: New Narrative as Contemporary Practice EditedRob Halpern & Robin Tremblay-McGawEntroopy
242Game Change: The Life and Death of Steve Montador, and the Future of Hockey,Ken DrydenThe Globe
243GENERATION REVOLUTION: On the Front Line Between Tradition and Change in the Middle EastRachel Aspden
The New York Times
244Generation WealthLauren Greenfield
Multnomah County
245Get well soon: History’s worst plagues and the heroes who fought themJennifer Wright
Multnomah County
246Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool CatsTurnaround
247Give a Girl a KnifeAmy Thielen
Shelf Awareness
248Goethe: Life as a Work of ArtRudiger Safranski
The Portable Infinite
249Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New YorkRoz Chast
Multnomah County
250Good-bye Maoriland: The Songs and Sounds of New Zealand’s Great WarChris BourkeThe Spinoff
251Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer CodeLaurie Wallmark
Multnomah County
252Gutenberg’s Fingerprint: Paper, Pixels and the Lasting Impression of Books,Merilyn SimondsThe Globe
253Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering MercyAnne LamottGoodreads
254HAMLET GLOBE TO GLOBE: Two Years, 190,000 Miles, 197 Countries, One PlayDominic Dromgoole
The New York Times
255He Calls Me by Lightning: The Life of Caliph Washington and the Forgotten Saga of Jim Crow, Southern Justice, and the Death PenaltyS. Jonathan Bass
The Washington Post
256Heart of Europe: A History of the Holy Roman Empire.Peter H. Wilson
Marginal Revolution
257HEATING & COOLING: 52 MICRO-MEMOIRSBETH ANN FENNELLYBookRiot
258Hello! My Name is Tasty: Global Diner Favorites from Portland’s Tasty RestaurantsLiz Crain and John Gorham
Multnomah County
259Hit So Hard: A MemoirPatty Schemel
The Portable Infinite
260Home and Away: Writing the Beautiful GameKarl Ove Knausgaard and Fredrik EkelandMPR News
261Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times,Kenneth WhyteThe Globe
262Hourglass: Time, Memory, MarriageDani ShapiroMPR News
263How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering LifeLilly SinghGoodreads
264How To Be an ElephantKatherine Roy
Multnomah County
265How To Keep You AliveElla LongpreEntroopy
266How to Read a DressLydia Edwards
Multnomah County
267I Am The Wolf: Lyrics and WritingsMark Lanegan
The Portable Infinite
268I Couldn’t Even Imagine That They Would Kill Us: An Oral History of the Attacks Against the Students of AyotzinapaJohn Gibler
Publishers Weekly
269I Hear She’s A Real Bitch,Jen AggThe Globe
270I’m Just No Good at RhymingChris Harris
Multnomah County
271Ideal Suggestions: Essays in Divinatory PoeticsSelah SaterstromEntroopy
272iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids are Growing Up Less RebelliousJean M. Twenge
Marginal Revolution
273Imagine Wanting Only ThisKristen RadtkeElectric Lit
274Insane Clown PresidentMatt TaibbiThe Spinoff
275Inside Studio 54Mark FleischmanNPR Books
276Instant Pot ObsessionJanet Zimmerman
Multnomah County
277Irradiated CitiesMariko NagaiEntroopy
278Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us HookedAdam AlterAmazon
279Jason ChinJason Chin, illus. by author. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks.
School Library Journal
280Jefferson: Architect of American LibertyJohn B. Boles
The Washington Post
281Joni: The Anthology EditedBarney Hoskyns
North Shore News
282Juliet’s Answer: One Man’s Search for Love and the Elusive Cure for Heartbreak,Glenn DixonThe Globe
283Kadian JournalThomas HardingMPR News
284Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Raymond ObstfeldKareem Abdul-Jabbar & Raymond Obstfeld. Little, Brown
School Library Journal
285Katherine RoyKatherine Roy, illus. by author. Roaring Brook/David Macaulay Studio
School Library Journal
286Keeping On Keeping OnAlan BennettNPR Books
287Kelly JensenKelly Jensen, ed, illus. by Laura Palese. Algonquin
School Library Journal
288Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle Over Civil RightsSteven Levingston
The Washington Post
289Koh-I-Noor: The History of the World’s Most Infamous DiamondWilliam Dalrymple and Anita Anand
Multnomah County
290KRAZY: George Herriman, a Life in Black and WhiteMichael Tisserand
The New York Times
291L’Appart: The Delights And Disasters Of Making My Paris HomeDavid LebovitzNPR Books
292Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout HistoryTori TelferNPR Books
293Late EssaysJM CoetzeeThe Spinoff
294LENIN: The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of TerrorVictor Sebestyen
The New York Times
295Lesa Cline-RansomeLesa Cline-Ransome, illus. by James E. Ransome. Holiday House
School Library Journal
296Life on the Ground Floor,James MaskalykThe Globe
297Light the DarkTurnaround
298Like a Solid to a ShadowJanice Lobo SapigaoEntroopy
299Lisa Charleyhorse & Mary Beth LeatherdaleLisa Charleyhorse & Mary Beth Leatherdale, eds. Annick
School Library Journal
300Literary Witches: A Celebration Of Magical Women WritersTaisia Kitaiskaia, illustratedNPR Books
301Literature Class, Berkeley 1980Julio Cortázar , translatedNPR Books
302Living a Feminist LifeSara AhmedEntroopy
303Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform.John F. Pfaff
Marginal Revolution
304Lonely BoySteve Jones
The Portable Infinite
305Long Shot: The Triumphs and Struggles of an NBA Freedom FighterCraig HodgesEntroopy
306LOOKING FOR “THE STRANGER”: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary ClassicAlice Kaplan
The New York Times
307Loree Griffin BurnsLoree Griffin Burns. HMH
School Library Journal
308Lou Reed: A LifeAnthony DeCurtis
The Portable Infinite
309Love and Trouble: A Midlife ReckoningClaire Dederer
Island Books
310Make TroubleJohn Waters
King County Library
311Māori at Home: An Everyday Guide to Learning the Māori LanguageScotty & Stacey MorrisonThe Spinoff
312Marc Aronson & Marina BudhosMarc Aronson & Marina Budhos. Holt
School Library Journal
313Margarita EngleMargarita Engle, illus. by Rafael López. Holt
School Library Journal
314Martin Luther: Renegade and ProphetLyndal Roper
Multnomah County
315Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the WorldEric Metaxas
Barnes & Noble
316Martin W. SandlerMartin W. Sandler. Candlewick
School Library Journal
317Marvellous Thieves: Secret Authors of the Arabian NightsPaulo Lemos Horta
North Shore News
318Mary LosureMary Losure. Candlewick
School Library Journal
319MEANMYRIAM GURBABookRiot
320Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of FlameMichael KodasAmazon
321Memory’s Last Breath: Field Notes On My DementiaGerda SaundersNPR Books
322Mid-Life Ex-WifeStella Grey
Multnomah County
323Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy WatersMichael Mahin
Multnomah County
324MUTE: A Visual DocumentTerry Burrows
The Portable Infinite
325My Back PagesSteven Moore
Multnomah County
326My Lesbian Experience With LonelinessNagata KabiNPR Books
327My LifeLouis Kenoyer
Multnomah County
328My Life With BobPamela Paul
Multnomah County
329My Life, My Love, My LegacyCoretta Scott King, as told to Barbara ReynoldsNPR Books
330My Soul Looks BackJessica B. HarrisMPR News
331My Soul Looks BackJessica B. Harris
Vol.1 Brooklyn
332Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve: What The Numbers Reveal About The Classics, Bestsellers, And Our Own WritingBen BlattNPR Books
333Narrow River, Wide SkyJenny Forrester
Multnomah County
334Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America editedSamhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate HardingPaste
335New Zealand’s Prime Ministers: From Dick Seddon to John KeyMichael BassettNoted
336Night ThoughtsWallace Shawn
Publishers Weekly
337Nikau Café CookbookKelda Hains & Paul SchraderThe Spinoff
338Nikki GrimesNikki Grimes, illus. by various. Bloomsbury
School Library Journal
339Nine Continents: A Memoir In and Out of ChinaXiaolu Guo
Boston Globe
340Norse MythologyNeil Gaiman
King County Library
341NOTES ON A FOREIGN COUNTRY: An American Abroad in a Post-American WorldSuzy Hansen
The New York Times
342Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious LifeJen HatmakerGoodreads
343Of SpheresKarla KelseyEntroopy
344Once We Were SistersSheila Kohler
Multnomah County
345One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration CampsZocalo
346One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet DeportedE.J. Dionne Jr., Norman J. Ornstein and Thomas E. Mann
The Washington Post
347One, Two, Three, MoreHelen LevittNPR Books
348Out Standing in the Field: A MemoirCanada’s First Female Infantry Officer,The Globe
349Over and Under the PondKate Messner
Multnomah County
350
Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World
Zocalo
351Patricia McKissackPatricia McKissack, illus. by Brian Pinkney. Random/Schwartz & Wade
School Library Journal
352Playing With FireLawrence O’Donnell
King County Library
353Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and PurposeJoe Biden
Barnes & Noble
354
Purpose and Desire: What Makes Something “Alive” and Why Modern Darwinism Has Failed to Explain It
Zocalo
355Qatar: Securing the Global Ambitions of a City-State.David B. Roberts
Marginal Revolution
356Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. PatPatricia Williams with Jeannine Amber
Multnomah County
357Radical Candor
Hudson Booksellers
358Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni MitchellDavid Yaffe
The Washington Post
359Rose City Vice: Portland in the ’70s–dirty cops and dirty robbersPhil Stanford
Multnomah County
360Run For It: Stories Of Slaves Who Fought For Their FreedomMarcelo D’SaleteNPR Books
361Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood,Pauline DakinThe Globe
362Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. Vs. InequalityJonah Winter
Multnomah County
363Saga LandRichard Fidler & Kári GíslasonReadings
364Scars of IndependenceHolger Hoock
Dallas News
365Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making A LivingManjula Martin, ed.
Multnomah County
366Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the CityDavid B. Williams
Island Books
367Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It’s Doing to UsWill StorrNoted
368Shana CoreyShana Corey, illus. by R. Gregory Christie. NorthSouth
School Library Journal
369Shannon HaleShannon Hale, illus. by LeUyen Pham. First Second
School Library Journal
370Shark DrunkMorten StroksnesMPR News
371Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed CampaignJonathan Allen and Amie ParnesNPR Books
372Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted LifeRuth FranklinLA Times
373Shopping MallMatthew Newton
Vol.1 Brooklyn
374Sin Bravely: A Memoir Of Spiritual DisobedienceMaggie RoweNPR Books
375Six Seasons: A New Way With VegetablesJoshua McFadden
Multnomah County
376So Much Things To Say: The Oral History of Bob MarleyRoger Steffans
The Portable Infinite
377Sons And Soldiers
Hudson Booksellers
378Sorry to Disrupt the PeacePatty Yumi Cottrell
Amber Sparks
379SpinelessJuli Berwald
Multnomah County
380Spoiler Alert: The Hero DiesMichael AusielloElectric Lit
381Stanton: Lincoln’s War SecretaryWalter StahrNPR Books
382Strange Beautiful Excitement: Katherine Mansfield’s Wellington 1888-1903Redmer YskaThe Spinoff
383Street of Eternal HappinessRob SchmitzNoted
384Substance: Inside New OrderPeter Hook
The Portable Infinite
385Susan Goldman RubinSusan Goldman Rubin. Abrams
School Library Journal
386Swallow the FishGabrielle CivilEntroopy
387Tale As Old As TimeTurnaround
388Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided NationJohn Freeman, ed.
Multnomah County
389Tales of Wonder: Retelling Fairy Tales through Picture PostcardsJack ZipesMPR News
390Teeth: The Story Of Beauty, Inequality, And The Struggle For Oral Health In AmericaMary OttoNPR Books
391The 57 BusDashka Slater
Multnomah County
392The Acid Watchers’ Diet: A 28-day Reflux Prevention ProgramJonathan Aviv
Multnomah County
393The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand ForDavid McCullough
Barnes & Noble
394The Art of Death: Writing the Final StoryEdwidge DandicatEntroopy
395The Art of MisdiagnosisGayle Brandeis
Large Hearted Boy
396The Beautiful Country And The Middle Kingdom: America And China, 1776 To The PresentJohn PomfretNPR Books
397The Best of Us: A MemoirJoyce Maynard
Island Books
398The Bettencourt Affair: The World’s Richest Woman And The Scandal That Rocked ParisTom SanctonNPR Books
399The Big PushTurnaround
400The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied TerritoriesIlan Pappe
Publishers Weekly
401The Book of Disquiet: The Complete EditionFernando PessoaEntroopy
402The Book of MutterKate Zambreno
Amber Sparks
403The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian MedicineLindsey FitzharrisNPR Books
404The Card Catalog
King County Library
405The Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of Time and Money.Bryan Caplan
Marginal Revolution
406The Chicago Cubs: Story of a CurseRich CohenAmazon
407The Clitoral TruthTurnaround
408The Comfort Food Diaries: My Quest For The Perfect Dish To Mend A Broken HeartEmily NunnNPR Books
409THE CRISIS OF THE MIDDLE-CLASS CONSTITUTION: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our RepublicGanesh Sitaraman
The New York Times
410The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a PresidentBandy X. Lee
The Washington Post
411The Dawn of Eurasia. Technically this doesn’t come out until JanuaryBruno Maçães
Marginal Revolution
412The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it MattersThomas M. NicholsAmazon
413The DoublesScott Esposito
Vol.1 Brooklyn
414The Drive: Searching for Lost Memories on the Pan-American HighwayTeresa Bruce
Multnomah County
415The Exile: The Stunning Inside Story of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda in FlightCathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy
Publishers Weekly
416The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like ItJoanna Scutts
Boston Globe
417THE FACT OF A BODY: A MURDER AND A MEMOIRAlexandria Marzano-LesnevichBook Riot 2
418The Family Imprint: A Daughter’s Portrait Of Love And LossNancy BorowickNPR Books
419
The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone In-Betweenby Abigail Marsh
Paste
420The Ghost: A Cultural HistoryZocalo
421THE GLASS UNIVERSE: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the StarsDava Sobel
The New York Times
422The Gourmands’ Way: Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New GastronomyJustin Spring
Publishers Weekly
423The Great Nadar: The Man Behind the CameraAdam Begley
North Shore News
424The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the PlanetHenry FountainLA Times
425The Handover: How Bigwigs and Bureaucrats Transferred Canada’s Best Publisher and the Best Part of Our Literary Heritage to a Foreign Multinational,Elaine DewarThe Globe
426The Hello Girls: America’s First Women SoldiersZocalo
427The Hero’s BodyTurnaround
428THE HOUSE OF GOVERNMENT: A Saga of the Russian RevolutionYuri Slezkine
The New York Times
429The Ideas Industry: How PessimistsDaniel W. Drezner
Marginal Revolution
430The Impossible Revolution: Making Sense of the Syrian Tragedy.Yassin Al-Haj Saleh
Marginal Revolution
431The Infidel and the Professor: David HumeDennis C. Rasmussen
Marginal Revolution
432The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, And The Power Of SeeingDamion SearlsNPR Books
433The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle CreekHoward Markel
Boston Globe
434The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest HomeDenise KiernanAmazon
435The Last Word: Reviving the Dying Art of Eulogy,Julia CooperThe Globe
436The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the RoadFinn Murphy
Island Books
437The Madeleine ProjectTurnaround
438The Man Who Ate Lincoln RoadSteve BrauniasThe Spinoff
439The Meaning of MichelleVeronica ChambersTime
440The Music of Life: Bartolomeo Cristofori & the Invention of the PianoElizabeth Rusch
Multnomah County
441The New Odyssey: The Story Of The Twenty-First Century Refugee CrisisPatrick KingsleyNPR Books
442The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone.Brian Merchant
Marginal Revolution
443The Other Side of Impossible: Ordinary People Who Faced Daunting Medical Challenges and Refused to Give UpSusannah Meadows
Multnomah County
444The Perils of ‘Privilege’: Why Injustice Can’t Be Solved by Accusing Others of AdvantagePhoebe Maltz Bovy
The Washington Post
445The Photo ArkJoel Sartore
King County Library
446The Poetry of PopAdam Bradley
The Washington Post
447The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women WritersHollis Robbins and Henry Louis Gates Jr. (editors)NPR Books
448The President’s Keepers: Those Keeping Zuma In Power And Out Of PrisonJacques PauwNPR Books
449The Push: A climber’s journey of endurance, risk, and going beyond limitsTommy Caldwell
Multnomah County
450The Quest for Z: The True Story of Explorer Percy Fawcett and a Lost City in the AmazonGreg Pizzoli
Multnomah County
451The Reconciliation Manifesto: Recovering the Land, Rebuilding the Economy,Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald DerricksonThe Globe
452The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States During Reconstruction and the Gilded AgeRichard White
Marginal Revolution
453The River of ConsciousnessOliver SacksThe Globe
454The Road to JonestownJeff Guinn
Dallas News
455The Robin: A BiographyStephen MossThe Spinoff
456The Saboteur: The Aristocrat Who Became France’s Most Daring Anti-Nazi CommandoPaul KixThrillist
457The Sarah BookScott McClanahanEntroopy
458The Scent Of Jasmine: Coming Of Age In Jerusalem And DamascusAnan AmeriNPR Books
459The Science of Orphan BlackTurnaround
460The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict was Fought and Won.Victor Davis Hanson
Marginal Revolution
461The Secret Life of FatSylvia Tara
Multnomah County
462The Secret Life: Three True Stories of the Digital AgeAndrew O’Hagan
Publishers Weekly
463The Secret Lives Of ColorKassia St. ClairNPR Books
464The Shadow in the Garden: A Biographer’s TaleJames Atlas
Publishers Weekly
465The Social Life of Books: Reading Together in the Eighteenth-Century HomeAbigail Williams
The Washington Post
466THE SONGS WE KNOW BEST: John Ashbery’s Early LifeKarin Roffman
The New York Times
467The State Of Affairs: Rethinking InfidelityEsther PerelNPR Books
468The Storm Before The Storm: The Beginning Of The End Of The Roman RepublicMike DuncanNPR Books
469The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good LifeMark MansonThe Spinoff
470THE SUN AND HER FLOWERSRupi KaurIndigo
471The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search For Human HappinessPaula PoundstoneNPR Books
472The Trauma CleanerSarah KrasnosteinReadings
473The Unfinished Dollhouse: A Memoir of Gender and Identity,Michelle AlfanoThe Globe
474The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized WorldJeff Goodell
The Washington Post
475The Way Of The HareMarianne TaylorNPR Books
476The Whisky King: The Remarkable True Story of Canada’s Most Infamous Bootlegger and the Undercover Mountie on his Trail,Trevor ColeThe Globe
477The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story Of Love, Spies, And The Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s EnemiesJason FagoneNPR Books
478The World Broke In Two: Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster, And The Year That Changed LiteratureBill GoldsteinNPR Books
479
The Written Word: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization unpacks
Zocalo
480The Year I Was Peter The Great: 1956 – Khrushchev, Stalin’s Ghost, and a Young American in RussiaMarvin KalbNPR Books
481These Two HandsRenéeThe Spinoff
482This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle ClassElizabeth Warren
Multnomah County
483This Is Just My Face: Try Not To StareGabourey SidibeNPR Books
484
Thursday Night Lights: The Story of Black High School Football in Texas
Zocalo
485TinderboxTurnaround
486TO SIRI WITH LOVE: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of MachinesJudith Newman
The New York Times
487Tonya BoldenTonya Bolden. Abrams
School Library Journal
488Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise And Reign Of The Unruly WomanAnne Helen PetersenNPR Books
489TrackerAlexis WrightReadings
490Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked ProtestZeynep Tufekci
The Washington Post
491Two and Two: McSorley’s, My Dad, and MeRafe BartholomewThrillist
492Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American HistoryKaty TurThrillist
493Unfuck Your BrainTurnaround
494Unseen LondonTurnaround
495Utopia for RealistsRutger BregmanReadings
496Vacationland: True Stories from Painful BeachesJohn Hodgman
Multnomah County
497Vanishing New YorkJeremiah Moss
Vol.1 Brooklyn
498Vinyl, album, cover, art: The Complete Hipgnosis CatalogueAubrey Powell
The Portable Infinite
499Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship CanalHistorylink, David B. Williams, Jennifer Ott
Island Books
500We Need To Talk: How To Have Conversations That MatterCeleste HeadleeNPR Books
501We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and TrueGabrielle Union
Barnes & Noble
502What Customers CraveNicholas J. Webb
Multnomah County
503What Does This Button Do?Bruce DickinsonThrillist
504What Makes a Monster?Jess Keating
Multnomah County
505When A Bully Is PresidentMaya Gonzalez
Multnomah County
506When the Heart Waits
Sit Tableside
507Where India Goes: Abandoned ToiletsDiane Coffey and Dean Spears
Marginal Revolution
508Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s MemoirAmy Tan
Barnes & Noble
509Where The Water Goes: Life And Death Along The Colorado RiverDavid OwenNPR Books
510Who Reads PoetryDon Share and Fred Sasaki
Chicago Review Of Books
511Why We March
King County Library
512Women & Power: A ManifestoMary BeardThe Spinoff
513Wrestling with His Angel: The Political Life of Lincoln, Vol. IISidney BlumenthalLA Times
514Yayoi Kusama: Infinity MirrorsMika Yoshitake, ed.
Multnomah County
515You & A Bike & A RoadEleanor DavisNPR Books
516You Are A Badass At Making MoneyJen Sincero
Multnomah County
517You, Me, and the ViolenceCatherine TaylorEntroopy
518You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women’s FriendshipsDeborah Tannen
The Washington Post


40 Best Nonfiction Book Sources/Lists Of 2017



SourceArticle
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