What books to read in 2017: 26 titles to start the year – Washington Post

The literary landscape of 2017 is bright. Coretta Scott King, Joyce Carol Oates, Paul Auster, Philip Kerr and Elizabeth Strout are just a few of the authors with books hitting the shelves in the first few months of the year. Here are some of the titles we’re looking forward to — with more to come.


4321 , by Paul Auster (Henry Holt)

From the author of “The Music of Chance,” an inventive tale of one man’s life as it unfolds in four different plots.

The Big Stick , by Eliot Cohen (Basic)

A case for the use of military force in American foreign policy.

Dark at the Crossing , by Elliot Ackerman (Knopf)

A timely novel about the conflict in Syria, told from the perspective of an Arab American interpreter trapped in Turkey.

Difficult Women , by Roxane Gay (Grove)

A story collection by the provocative author of “Bad Feminist.”

My Life, My Love, My Legacy , by Coretta Scott King (Henry Holt)

The 89-year-old activist and wife of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. looks back on her life.

Selection Day , by Aravind Adiga (Scribner)

A portrait of modern India through the fictional tale of two brothers raised to be cricket champions.

Tears We Cannot Stop , by Michael Eric Dyson (St. Martin’s)

From the professor and radio host, “a sermon to white America” on the racial divide.

Transit , by Rachel Cusk (FSG)

A writer faces difficult life changes in this sequel to her 2015 novel “Outline.”


Age of Anger , by Pankaj Mishra (FSG)

A deep look at the roots of our current global upheavals.

Autumn , by Ali Smith (Pantheon)

Set in post-Brexit England, Smith’s novel toys with our notion of time.

A Book of American Martyrs , by Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco)

Two families on opposite sides of the abortion debate are brought together by tragedy.

Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast , by Megan Marshall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

A biography of the poet that draws on a newly discovered cache of letters.

High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic , by Glenn Frankel (Bloomsbury)

The story and politics behind the celebrated Gary Cooper film.

A Horse Walks Into a Bar , by David Grossman (Knopf)

The latest from the celebrated Israeli author of “To the End of the Land.”

Lincoln in the Bardo , by George Saunders (Random House)

From the master short story writer, a long-awaited first novel, an imaginative tale featuring our 16th president.

The One Inside , by Sam Shepard (Knopf)

The first work of long fiction from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, with a foreword by Patti Smith.

The Refugees , by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove)

The author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel “The Sympathizer” returns to themes of immigration and identity in this story collection.

The Schooldays of Jesus , by J.M. Coetzee (Viking)

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, a coming of age novel by the Nobel laureate.


Exit West , by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead)

A love story set in an unnamed country on the brink of war.

Phenomena : The Secret History of the U.S. Government’s Investigations Into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis, by Annie Jacobsen (Little, Brown)

The Gulf , by Jack E. Davis (Liveright)

A comprehensive history of the Gulf of Mexico.

Women Who Work , by Ivanka Trump (Portfolio)

Advice for women on success, by the entrepreneur and daughter of the president-elect.


The Shadow Land , by Elizabeth Kostova (Ballantine)

A beguiling mystery in an exotic setting, from the best-selling author of “The Historian.”

Prussian Blue , by Philip Kerr (Marian Wood)

It’s 1956 but detective Bernie Gunther is still haunted by the war in the latest installment of Kerr’s atmospheric series.

Last Hope Island , by Lynne Olson (Random House)

How Britain became a refuge for exiled leaders during World War II.

Anything Is Possible , By Elizabeth Strout (Random House)

The continued tale of characters from “My Name Is Lucy Barton.”


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