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The 10 Best Books of the Year So Far
Graphic novels, gripping true stories, and standout literary fiction from newcomers and Pulitzer Prize winners alike: our picks for the books that have already made 2017 great.
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Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Hamid's magic-tinged tale of two young refugees in love is both timeless and topical, brutal and tender—and at a brisk, luminous 231 pages, a quiet marvel of narrative economy and insight. Buy it here!
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Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Grann makes meticulously researched history read like a Western: a blazing campfire tale of greed, murder, and manifest destiny on the Oklahoma plains. Buy it here!
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Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
A wildly inventive ghost story inspired by the paternal grief of one of America's most beloved presidents, and born from the dazzling puzzle-box brain of one of its finest living writers. Buy it here!
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Chemistry by Weike Wang
A spiky, sparkling slip of a novel narrated by a nameless Harvard grad student with a singular take on love, lab science, and existential crises. Buy it here!
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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Traversing the greased balance beam of young black womanhood with frank wit and hard-earned wisdom, first-time novelist Thomas delivers a more-than-YA winner. Buy it here!
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Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
There are no small lives, only undiscovered ones, in the Olive Kitteridge author's deeply resonant latest. Buy it here!
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The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy
The New Yorker staff writer turns the nadir of her life—a brutal stillbirth, a shipwrecked marriage—into a galvanizing portrait of self-discovery. Buy it here!
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The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker
Two art-school misfits become stars of the cartoon underground in a rough-cut tragi-comic gem that reads like the literary godchild of alt-icons R. Crumb and Lynda Barry. Buy it here!
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The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
A notorious 1992 child murder leads a lawyer-turned-writer to her own long-buried family secrets in a high-wire fusion of autobiography and true crime. Buy it here!
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My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
Ferris' gorgeous comic opus is a beast: a wild riot of color and character as richly imagined as any "serious" fiction. Buy it here!