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Laura Miller’s 10 Favorite Books of 2017

Pankaj Mishra’s urgent political analysis, Ali Smith’s blissful prose, and David Grann’s latest journo-thriller.

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Dec. 12 2017 12:24 PMKaty Waldman’s 10 Favorite Books of 2017A reimagined Odyssey, Hillary Clinton’s reckoning, and fairy tales about sexual horror.
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Dec. 4 2017 8:30 AMThe Return of the Cartoonist Studio PrizeThis spring, two cartoonists will follow in the footsteps of Chris Ware, Noelle Stevenson, and Eleanor Davis.
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Nov. 30 2017 12:07 PMFakebookKevin Young explores bullshitters from P.T. Barnum to Donald Trump in his brilliant Bunk.
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Nov. 29 2017 7:17 AMThe Audio Book Club Goes to Manhattan BeachSlate critics discuss Jennifer Egan’s mysterious historical novel, set in World War II–era Brooklyn, about divers and gangsters.
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Nov. 27 2017 5:50 AMThe Year in Best-SellersWhat Happened to 2017? A Gentleman in Moscow, perhaps.
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Nov. 14 2017 9:00 AMThe Occasional DateWhy you should read the 700-page collected diaries of British playwright Alan Bennett.
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Nov. 8 2017 9:00 AMShell GameIs there anything underneath the surface of Matthew Weiner’s first novel?
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Oct. 31 2017 12:24 PMWhat HappenedSlate critics discuss Hillary Clinton’s gutting memoir about the 2016 election.
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Oct. 18 2017 7:00 PMThe Book of Dust, Volume 1Fall in love with Philip Pullman’s imagination all over again.
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Oct. 13 2017 3:37 PMThe Most Shocking Thing About Ivana Trump’s New Parenting MemoirIt’s good.
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Oct. 12 2017 4:31 PMBernie Sanders, King of YA LitHow did his latest political manifesto become a young adult best-seller?
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Oct. 2 2017 9:00 AMGive Me Grant: An American MusicalWith his new biography of Ulysses S. Grant, Ron Chernow turns the life of yet another misunderstood figure from U.S. currency into narrative gold.
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Sept. 29 2017 6:45 PMThanks, ObamaThis memoir by a former White House speechwriter (and joke writer) is irresistibly charming. It also feels like the setup for a grim cosmic punch line.
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Sept. 21 2017 11:50 AMAmerica the SupervillainSalman Rushdie’s new novel sets out to skewer our political landscape and ends up crushed by the weight of its own hyperbole.
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Sept. 18 2017 7:45 AMTraumatized GhostsJesmyn Ward’s new novel is like a modern Beloved, with the cruelty of the criminal justice system swapped in for the torments of slavery.
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Dec. 7 2017 10:44 AMThese Happy Golden YearsA new biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder untangles her story from the American myths her novels helped create.
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Dec. 4 2017 5:45 AMDr. Strangelove Was a DocumentaryDaniel Ellsberg’s new memoir would be an urgent warning about the monumental danger of nuclear weapons—even if Trump weren’t president.
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Nov. 29 2017 10:06 AMThe Poet-HistorianFederico García Lorca has often been criticized for exoticizing marginalized groups, but this translation finds new depth in his handling of race.
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Nov. 28 2017 7:41 AMMan OnA beautiful, evocative novel explores masculinity through the life of a gay footballer in the English second division.
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Nov. 22 2017 7:42 AMGourmand, à l’AméricaineAmericans in Paris like Julia Child and M.F.K. Fisher are famous for educating their compatriots about quality cooking. But did they miss its raison d’être?
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Nov. 8 2017 11:26 AMIs Trump Crazy?Two new books set out to assess Trump’s mental health and end up with equally terrifying but totally opposite results.
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Nov. 7 2017 6:03 PMBad ImpressionAlec Baldwin’s satirical Trump memoir captures what is tiring about his Trump portrayal—and most Trump-related comedy in general.
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Oct. 23 2017 12:15 PMOne Path for the Impersonal EssayFrancis Spufford’s curious, erudite essays are a reminder of what the form can do when it isn’t about confessing anything.
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Oct. 16 2017 12:52 PMGrimm Meets Law and Order: Special Victims Unit Each era has its own fairy tales to teach kids what a princess looks like and what monsters to fear. The stories in this stunning debut collection are ours.
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Oct. 13 2017 3:26 PMTurtles All the Way DownJohn Green is telling a story, and the story is telling him.
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Oct. 10 2017 10:33 AMOriginality Is OverratedJennifer Egan’s first novel since Goon Squad is very conventional World War II historical fiction. It’s spectacular.
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Oct. 2 2017 5:55 AMWe Made Ta-Nehisi Coates Into a SymbolNow his new book forces us to consider him as a writer, nothing more and nothing less.
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Sept. 26 2017 2:00 PMThe Audio Book Club Converses With FriendsSlate critics discuss Sally Rooney’s astute, chatty, painful debut novel about love and friendship.
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Sept. 20 2017 9:00 AMBFFsTwo new novels approach the pleasures and perils of female friendship in strikingly different ways.
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Sept. 14 2017 6:50 PMWhy Isn’t Hillary Clinton Even Angrier?In What Happened, Clinton takes on the obsessive demand that she assume responsibility for the 2016 election. But we can’t move on.

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