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More Best of the Year







Top picks keep piling up. Slate’s Laura Miller selects her “10 Favorite Books of 2017,” leading with Age of Anger: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: Macmillan), writing “Of all the books I read in 2017, this is the one I thought of most often when trying to make sense of our current political mess.”

Her coworker at Slate, Katy Waldman, picks her top 10 too. She leads with Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (Scribner: Simon & Schuster).

Finally, Maureen Corrigan of NPR picks her books to “To Close Out a Chaotic 2017.” Corrigan leads with Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner: Simon & Schuster).

Briefly Noted

The NYT reviews two books related to the current fires in California. The paper also reviews the new biography, Avedon: Something Personal by Norma Stevens and Steven M. L. Aronson (Spiegel & Grau: Random House), writing, “It’s a good time, this book. There’s a feeling of arriving at a party where everyone is at least two drinks (and who knows what else) ahead of you, and the hostess has you by the arm and is barreling you into the thick of things, talking a mile a minute, catching you up on everyone’s hidden agendas, all before you’ve even shucked off your coat.”

The Washington Post reviews They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib (Two Dollar Radio), calling it “a breathtaking collection of largely music-focused essays.” They also consider Balancing Acts: Behind the Scenes at London’s National Theatre by Nicholas Hytner (Knopf: Random House), calling it “shrewd and engaging.” Finally, they offer a list of “Books to get you ready for Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding.”

Feminism” is the word of the year according to Merriam-Webster, meaning, says The Washington Post, “it is the most-searched word on Merriam-Webster’s website.”

Authors on Air

Hannah Kent’s debut novel Burial Rites (Little, Brown: Hachette) is heading to the big screen reports Deadline Hollywood. Jennifer Lawrence is set to star and produce.

NPR’s Morning Edition features Yotam Ottolenghi, co-author of Sweet: Desserts from London’s Ottolenghi with Helen Goh (Ten Speed Press: Random House).

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