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Shelf Awareness 2017 Best Books of the Year

You'd think it would be difficult to narrow down the year's best books. And it was. We promise, though, that no Shelf Awareness staffers were injured in the making of this list, so enjoy! Shelf Awareness picks for Best Books of the Year include both Fiction and Non-Fiction audiobooks in no particular order.

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

A Novel
By Balli Kaur Jaswal
Narrated by Meera Syal /  10 hours 34 minutes

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

“Full of fun and Drama! The women in Erotic Stories for Punjabi Women shake up their community with their racy story writing - and solve a mystery! This book is full of surprises. I loved it. A delight! The narration of the audiobook was well done and greatly added to the story.”

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A Really Big Lunch

By Jim Harrison & Mario Batali
Narrated by Joe Barrett /  8 hours 47 minutes

Jim Harrison's legendary gourmandise is on full display in A Really Big Lunch. From the titular New Yorker piece about a French lunch that went to thirty-seven courses to pieces from Brick, Playboy, Kermit Lynch's newsletter, and others, from the relationship between hunter and prey to the obscure language of wine reviews, A Really Big Lunch is... Read More »

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Exit West

A Novel
By Mohsin Hamid
Narrated by Mohsin Hamid /  4 hours 41 minutes

Exit West

“Exit West will take your breath away as it magically weaves together a story of falling in love while the world falls apart. Spirited Nadia captures the heart of the thoughtful Saeed, but as their different paths in life converge, ordinary life gives way to the insults of war. Mohsin Hamid conveys the story of these young refugees with tenderness, humanizing the horrors that we too often see as merely headlines. As chaos touches so many lives around the globe, Hamid writes eloquently of the beauty found in our struggle to survive. This is more than a timely story; this is a remarkable work of art.”

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Ghost of the Innocent Man

A True Story of Trial and Redemption
By Benjamin Rachlin
Narrated by Ron Butler /  12 hours 34 minutes

One of the Best Books of 2017: National Public Radio, San Francisco Chronicle, Library Journal, Shelf Awareness

"Remarkable . . . Captivating . . . Rachlin is a skilled storyteller." --New York Times Book Review
"A gripping legal-thriller mystery . . . Profoundly elevates good-cause advocacy to greater heights--to where innocent lives are...
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Sour Heart

Stories
By Jenny Zhang
Narrated by Greta Jung, Jenny Zhang & Various /  9 hours 59 minutes

A sly debut story collection that conjures the experience of adolescence through the eyes of Chinese American girls growing up in New York City—for readers of Zadie Smith, Helen Oyeyemi, and Junot Díaz

A fresh new voice emerges with the arrival of Sour Heart, establishing Jenny Zhang as a frank and subversive interpreter of the immigrant... Read More »

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Give a Girl a Knife

A Memoir
By Amy Thielen
Narrated by Amy Thielen /  10 hours 9 minutes

A beautifully written food memoir chronicling one woman’s journey from her rural Midwestern hometown to the intoxicating world of New York City fine dining—and back again—in search of her culinary roots
 
Before Amy Thielen frantically plated rings of truffled potatoes in some of New York City’s finest kitchens—for chefs David Bouley, Daniel... Read More »

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South Pole Station

A Novel
By Ashley Shelby
Narrated by Rebecca Gibel /  12 hours 42 minutes

Do you have digestion problems due to stress? Do you have problems with authority? How many alcoholic drinks do you consume in a week? Would you rather be a florist or a truck driver? These are some of the questions used to determine if you have what it takes to survive at South Pole Station, a place with an average temperature of -54 F and no... Read More »

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Hunger

A Memoir of (My) Body
By Roxane Gay
Narrated by Roxane Gay /  5 hours 57 minutes

Hunger

“Man oh man. Roxane Gay never fails to disappoint, even if she might disagree. This is a powerful, raw memoir, narrated by the author. Her truth is so relatable, and even when it’s not, Gay’s writing is empathetic. This audiobook was so engrossing, I actively looked for excuses to step away from what I was doing and listen to it. I highly recommend listening to or reading this book—for EVERYONE. This will challenge how you look at fat people, and women especially, and if you’re like me, how you look at yourself. Do yourself a favor and read this book.”

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Stay with Me

A novel
By Ayobami Adebayo
Narrated by Adjoa Andoh /  7 hours 59 minutes

A New York Times Notable Book
The New York Times’ Critics’ Top Books of the Year
Named a Best Book of the Year by San Francisco Chronicle, National Public Radio, The Economist, Buzzfeed, Paste Magazine, Southern Living, HelloGiggles, and Shelf Awareness
Huffington Post’s Best Feminist Books of the Year
The New York Post’s Most Thrilling and...
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Killers of the Flower Moon

The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
By David Grann
Narrated by Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee & Danny Campbell /  9 hours 4 minutes

Killers of the Flower Moon

“In "Killers of the Flower Moon", David Grann recounts the tragic tale of the Osage Indian Nations decimation and deceit at the hands of their government appointed guardians. Motivated by money, morally corrupt and masterfully manipulative, the true role of these benevolent benefactors, perpetrators of mass murder, is still a mystery today. Granns detailed, yet deeply disturbing detective work, back to the birth of the FBI and the rise of J. Edgar Hoover, unveils an unimaginable injustice overlooked for 85 years. Let’s not allow this atrocious act against the Osage to slip back into obscurity ever again.”

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The Bear and the Nightingale

A Novel
Winternight Trilogy: Book #1
By Katherine Arden
Narrated by Kathleen Gati /  11 hours 47 minutes

The Bear and the Nightingale

“The Bear and the Nightingale is an enchanting mix of fairy tale, fantasy, and historical fiction set in medieval Russia. Nestled between the northern wilderness and civilization is a village where old and new traditions live side by side. Vasya, the last daughter of Pyotr and Marina, is born on the howling winds of autumn. Different from the others in her village, she is destined to be like her grandmother and is gifted with powers by birthright. As time goes by, Vasya is tested. Caught in the conflict between the old spirits and the new religion, Vasya must do everything in her power to save her family and village. Arden's novel is the rich, mesmerizing fairy tale you've been waiting for!”

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No One Cares About Crazy People

The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America
By Ron Powers
Narrated by Ron Powers /  14 hours 49 minutes

No One Cares About Crazy People

“In "No One Cares About Crazy People," Ron Powers explores the insidious treatment of the mentally ill throughout history and the social injustice perpetrated against their desperate families. Stigmatized by societies indifference towards the insane, Powers personal account of son Kevin’s slow descent into schizophrenia showcases the incredibly painful process faced while fighting for faster medical treatment. Based on the misunderstanding that schizophrenia can be cured with medication and the choice to cut government funding by misinformed legislators, institutions were closed, forcing the unstable into the streets and, inevitably, on the road to prison, punishment and certain death. Powers account is unfathomable as his oldest son Dean also descends into the dark recesses of the mentally ill. A painful, powerful book, "No One Cares About Crazy People" is sure to impact the way we see the insane, not as monsters determined to destroy society as we know it, but, as victims of government cutbacks and medical bureaucracy, continually faced with an overall attitude of unworthiness by all who witness their downfall.”

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The Marsh King's Daughter

By Karen Dionne
Narrated by Emily Rankin /  9 hours 54 minutes

The Marsh King's Daughter

“After a childhood in the wilds of Northern Michigan, where her rugged, brutal father was the center of her world, Helena has made a new life with a family who doesn't know her past. Now she and her father are hunting each other and Helena must use all the skills he taught her to survive. Fascinating, dark, and disturbing, The Marsh King's Daughter is a psychological thriller most compelling in its rich descriptions of the survivalist training of a very tough little girl.”

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The Year of the Comet

By Sergei Lebedev & Antonina W. Bouis
Narrated by Daniel Gamburg /  8 hours 55 minutes

An idyllic childhood takes a sinister turn. Rumors of a serial killer haunt the neighborhood, families pack up and leave town without a word of warning, and the country begins to unravel. Policemen stand by as protesters overtake the streets, knowing that the once awe-inspiring symbols of power they wear on their helmets have become devoid of... Read More »

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The Lost City of the Monkey God

A True Story
By Douglas Preston
Narrated by Bill Mumy /  10 hours 29 minutes

The Lost City of the Monkey God

“This true account of the search for the fabled Ciudad Blanca in the remote rain forests of Honduras, is part archeology adventure, part history, and part treatise on pandemics of the past, present, and future. It reads like a novel, and is highly recommended for anyone who loves great narrative nonfiction like Devil in the White City, Shadow Divers, or In the Heart of the Sea. ”

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What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky

Stories
By Lesley Nneka Arimah
Narrated by Adjoa Andoh /  5 hours 19 minutes

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky

“Intense, haunting, and exquisitely rendered, the stories in Lesley Nneka Arimah's debut collection exist in a category of their own. They are individual worlds linked together by familiar themes - self-discovery, yearnings to love and be loved, generational divides, and the meanings of home and place - refashioned in a fresh, new light. Arimah shines in this debut, whose magic will surely live with you beyond the final page. Absolutely stunning.”

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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

A Memoir
By Sherman Alexie
Narrated by Sherman Alexie /  12 hours 8 minutes


The Instant New York Times Bestseller


Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

A searing, deeply moving memoir about family, love, loss, and forgiveness from the critically acclaimed, bestselling National Book Award-winning author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

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White Tears

A novel
By Hari Kunzru
Narrated by Lincoln Hoppe, Danny Campbell & Dominic Hoffman /  10 hours 15 minutes

White Tears

“An unsettling, grungy, gorgeous tale of white appropriations of black culture, legacy, and memory, of the harrowing effects of racism through the years, of a haunting that resonates through generations through a blues song that should have been stamped on vinyl, that maybe was but never was. This is a story of the costs of a lack of reparations, of money and power and powerlessness, all tied up in the viscerally kinetic prose of an author writing about obsession. Beautiful, ugly, indelible writing makes this a book I won't soon forget.”

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