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Most Page-Turning Nonfiction of 2017

  • NONFICTION

    THE GULF

    MARCH 14, 2017

HISTORY

THE GULF

by Jack E. Davis

An elegant narrative braced by a fierce, sobering environmental conviction. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    PRIESTDADDY

    MAY 2, 2017

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

PRIESTDADDY

by Patricia Lockwood

A linguistically dexterous, eloquently satisfying narrative debut. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    IMAGINE WANTING ONLY THIS

    APRIL 18, 2017

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

IMAGINE WANTING ONLY THIS

by Kristen Radtke illustrated by Kristen Radtke

Powerfully illustrated and incisively written—a subtle dazzler of a debut. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    RAPTOR

    APRIL 3, 2017

NONFICTION

RAPTOR

by James Macdonald Lockhart

This illuminating book serves as homage to a brilliant naturalist and extraordinary birds. If you loved H Is for Hawk, put... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON

    APRIL 18, 2017

HISTORY

KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON

by David Grann

Dogged original research and superb narrative skills come together in this gripping account of pitiless evil. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    I CAN'T BREATHE

    OCT. 24, 2017

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

I CAN'T BREATHE

by Matt Taibbi

Sure to be a fixture on any reading list or curriculum regarding the woeful state of the American criminal justice system. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    I HEAR SHE'S A REAL BITCH

    SEPT. 12, 2017

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

I HEAR SHE'S A REAL BITCH

by Jen Agg

An inspiring, graphic, and funny memoir from an entrepreneur unafraid to tell it like it is. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    TENEMENTS, TOWERS & TRASH

    OCT. 3, 2017

HISTORY

TENEMENTS, TOWERS & TRASH

by Julia Wertz illustrated by the author

A delight for New York aficionados. Every city needs a version of this artist and her book. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    GORILLA AND THE BIRD

    SEPT. 26, 2017

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

GORILLA AND THE BIRD

by Zack McDermott

If the Joads were tanked up on Bud Light and Haldol and Steinbeck were under Hunter S. Thompson’s influence, this might be... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    A MOONLESS, STARLESS SKY

    OCT. 3, 2017

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

A MOONLESS, STARLESS SKY

by Alexis Okeowo

Cleareyed, lyrical, observant, and compassionate—reportage at its finest. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    NOMADLAND

    SEPT. 26, 2017

  • NONFICTION

    BORDER

    SEPT. 5, 2017

NONFICTION

BORDER

by Kapka Kassabova

A dreamlike account that subtly draws readers into the author’s ambivalent experience of a homeland that has changed almost... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE SEEDS OF LIFE

    JUNE 6, 2017

HISTORY

THE SEEDS OF LIFE

by Edward Dolnick

The best sort of science history, explaining not only how great men made great discoveries, but why equally great men,... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME

    JUNE 13, 2017

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME

by Sherman Alexie

Despite some repetition, this is a powerful, brutally honest memoir about a mother and the son who loved her. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    EVERYTHING IS FLAMMABLE

    APRIL 18, 2017

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

EVERYTHING IS FLAMMABLE

by Gabrielle Bell illustrated by Gabrielle Bell

A provocative, moving, and darkly funny book that seems almost worth the crises that it chronicles. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    BLITZED

    MARCH 7, 2017

HISTORY

BLITZED

by Norman Ohler translated by Shaun Whiteside

Written with dramatic flair (Ohler has published several novels in Germany), this book adds significantly to our... Full review >

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