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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!