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2017 List


Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue Christodora: a novel by Tim Murphy Homegoing: a novel by Yaa Gyasi I'm Thinking of Ending Things: a novel by Iain Reid The Nix: a novel by Nathan Hill The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan To the Bright Edge of the World: a novel by Eowyn Ivey The Underground RAilroad by Colson Whitehead The Unseen World by Liz Moore 

Grief is the Thing with Feathers: a novel by Max Porter

Missile Paradise by Ron Tanner

An Unrestored Woman by Shaoba Rao


Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? b yFrans De Waal At the Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails by Sarah Bakewell Blood at the Root: a Racial Clensing in America yb Patrick Phillips The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland by Dan Barry Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship by Pauli Murray The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of hte Black Women Mathemeticians who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams by Louisa Thomas Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick

Shirley Jackson: a Rather Haunted Life by Rugh Franklin


The Rain in Portugal: Poems by Billy Collins

Cannibal by Safiya Sinclair

About the list

Since 1944, the goal of the Notable Books Council has been to make available to the nation’s readers a list of 25 very good, very readable, and at times very important fiction, nonfiction, and poetry books for the adult reader.