They can be books you’ve read in 2017 or - preferably - books published in 2017. NYT (Nazi York Times) has come out with their annual list!

Here are mine:

FICTION

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. A love story of 2 refugees. Kept thinking it was based in Syria, but the author hinted on Fresh Air that the unnamed country was modeled on his homeland of Pakistan. This was the first magical realism book I’ve ever read, I’m pretty sure, and I LOVED it.

Mrs. Fletcher by the always solid Tom Perrotta (author of The Leftovers, basis for the series). He never lets me down! A great, character-driven novel about sexuality and privilege in 2017. Honestly it’s just a comfy book to read. Perrotta is so good at drawing fully-formed characters, women and men, young and old. I’m just astounded by his ability to do this.

Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner. The second in a new series about a detective outside of London. Highly recommend reading the previous installment, Missing, Presumed. A man is killed in a park in the London suburbs, and Det. Manon Bradshaw’s family is embroiled in the investigation. I can’t tell you anything more! A rare compelling mystery that isn’t about a crazy sex murder targeting women, as is my next suggestion!

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz. SO MUCH FUN. It’s a mystery-within-a-mystery about the author of Agatha Christie-style detective novels. Word of caution - both Mom and I skipped the “Editor’s Note” at first, but that’s part of the story!

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NONFICTION

American Fire, by Monica Hesse. A great true crime caper that examines the socioeconomic underpinnings of a series of crazy fires in Virginia. Unusual for a true crime book in that you know the identity of the perpetrator right away, but still manages to be compelling!

American Heiress, by Jeffrey Toobin. I ALWAYS love Toobin - his OJ book, The Run of His Life, is one of my favorite true crime books ever and well worth reading even though we’re all OJ’d out. (It has a ton of details that get lost in the current examination of the crime.) This is the story of Patty Hearst’s kidnapping, time as a fugitive, and subsequent trial. It’s absolutely fascinating. The question remains - was she into it or not? I still haven’t decided! (OOPS - published 2016, but I’ll leave it here anyway.)

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After the Eclipse, by Sarah Perry. Heavy book and really well-written. Sarah Perry’s mother, Crystal, was murdered when she was 12. The book alternates between “Before” and “After,” fleshing out the story of their lives before the murder and the investigation afterward. The crime went unsolved for a long time so there’s an element of suspense, but the main appeal is seeing into the lives of people victimized in a widely publicized case.

Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann. I went on and on about this to y’all when I read it. It’s the story of murders in the Osage Nation and the FBI investigation into the killings. Both a fascinating examination of the tensions in the American West surrounding native populations and an incredibly suspenseful mystery. READ IT NOW, then give it to all your relatives for Christmas. I’m serious - easily my favorite book of the year.

All right, y’all! Please post your own 2017 favorites below! Happy Sunday and I hope everyone is prepared for post-vacay Monday!