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NPR’s Book Concierge: A Guide To 2017’s Great Reads

Cover art from Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
Cover art from Salt Houses by Hala Alyan. "... cosmic, foreboding and titillating all at once"

The team at National Public Radio has just shared their top reads for 2017, and it’s a bumper crop. The recommendations come in the form of a web app called the Book Concierge, which lets you sort and filter the selected titles by multiple, sometimes quirky, subject categories.

NPR Book Concierge's funky filters
NPR Book Concierge’s funky filters

Here’s a selection of NPR’s top picks for 2017, but go ahead and visit the Book Concierge and binge on the full range of 2017’s great reads.

  1. Between Them: Remembering My Parents, By Richard Ford
  2. Salt Houses, By Hala Alyan
  3. Greater Gotham: A History Of New York City From 1898 To 1919, By Mike Wallace
  4. Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among The Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, And Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me To Live For Taste, By Bianca Bosker
  5. Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, And Fake News, By Kevin Young
  6. Sour Heart, Stories By Jenny Zhang
  7. White Fur: A Novel, By Jardine Libaire
  8. Autumn, By Karl Ove Knausgaard
  9. I Believe In A Thing Called Love, By Maurene Goo
  10. Now, By Antoinette Portis
  11. Sing, Unburied, Sing, By Jesmyn Ward
  12. Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions, By Amy Stewart
  13. Tell Me How it Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions, By Valeria Luiselli

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