Barnes and Noble Names 2017’s Best Books

NEW YORK– Barnes & Noble, which operates the nation’s largest chain of book stores, has named the best books of 2017 as chosen by the Company’s expert staff.

The carefully curated list is broken out by genre and comes just in time to help customers across the country find the perfect gifts for the holiday season. All titles are available at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide and online. The list features the best of 2017 in fiction, nonfiction, teens, kids, mysteries & thrillers, and history, biography and memoir.

“2017 was a great year in books, with some of the biggest authors in the industry coming out with highly anticipated new works and some new, remarkable authors coming onto the scene,” said Liz Harwell, Senior Director of Merchandising, Trade Books at Barnes & Noble. “This year more than ever the best books list represents a diverse range of genres and interests, making it another great resource for customers across the country looking to find the perfect gift this holiday season.”

The best books of 2017 according to Barnes & Noble’s booksellers, and categorized by genre, are:

Fiction

  • In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
  • Origin by Dan Brown
  • The Late Show by Michael Connelly
  • Manhattan Beach: A Novel by Jennifer Egan
  • Future Home of the Living God: A Novel by Louise Erdrich
  • A Column of Fire by Ken Follett
  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  • The Rooster Bar by John Grisham
  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  • Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks
  • Strange Weather: Four Short Novels by Joe Hill
  • The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
  • Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
  • Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King
  • A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carré
  • Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker (Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition) by Gregory Maguire
  • The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • Glass Houses (Chief Inspector Gamache Series #13) by Louise Penny
  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
  • The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
  • Sourdough by Robin Sloan
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  • Artemis by Andy Weir
  • Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Nonfiction

  • You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
  • Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose by Joe Biden
  • Grant by Ron Chernow
  • Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West by Tom Clavin
  • We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
  • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
  • Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
  • Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly
  • Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit by Chris Matthews
  • The American Spirit: Who We Are & What We Stand For by David McCullough
  • Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World by Eric Metaxas
  • The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore
  • Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy
  • Everything All at Once: How to Unleash Your Inner Nerd, Tap into Radical Curiosity and Solve Any Problem by Bill Nye
  • Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom by Condoleezza Rice
  • Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom by Thomas E. Ricks
  • Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
  • Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977 – 2002 by David Sedaris
  • Basketball (and Other Things): A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated (B&N Exclusive Edition) by Shea Serrano
  • Where the Past Begins by Amy Tan
  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True by Gabrielle Union

Teens

  • King’s Cage (Red Queen Series #3) by Victoria Aveyard
  • The Twisted Ones (Five Nights at Freddy’s Series #2) (Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition) by Scott Cawthon and Kira Bree-Wrisley
  • The Bone Witch (Bone Witch Series #1) by Rin Chupeco
  • Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices Series #2) by Cassandra Clare
  • Alex and Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz
  • Once and for All (Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition) by Sarah Dessen
  • The Final Spark (Michael Vey Series #7) by Richard Paul Evans
  • Caraval (Caraval Series #1) by Stephanie Garber
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  • My Life as Eva: The Struggle is Real by Eva Gutowski
  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Series #3) by Jenny Han
  • The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins
  • RoseBlood (Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition) by A.G. Howard
  • We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
  • Generation One (Lorien Legacies Reborn Series #1) (Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition) by Pittacus Lore
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin (Court of Thorns and Roses Series #3) by Sarah J. Maas
  • Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass Series #6) (Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition) by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Battlemage (Summoner Trilogy Series #3) (Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition) by Taran Matharu
  • One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
  • The End of Oz (Dorothy Must Die Series #4) (Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition) by Danielle Paige
  • Crazy House by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
  • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
  • The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Maddie Diaries: A Memoir by Maddie Ziegler

Kids

  • Minecraft: The Island by Max Brooks
  • She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton and illustrator Alexandra Boiger
  • It Takes a Village by Hillary Rodham Clinton and illustrator Marla Frazee
  • Worlds Collide (The Land of Stories Series #6) (Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition) by Chris Colfer
  • Rise of the Isle of the Lost (Descendants Series #3) (Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition) by Melissa de la Cruz
  • Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie by James Dean
  • Through Your Eyes: My Child’s Gift to Me by Ainsley Earhardt and illustrator Ji-Hyuk Kim
  • Everything is Mama by Jimmy Fallon
  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
  • Princesses Wear Pants by Savannah Guthrie, Allison Opphenheim and illustrator Eva Byrne
  • The Elements Book (Barnes & Noble Exclusive Poster Edition) by Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff
  • Spy School Secret Service (Spy School Series #5) (B&N Exclusive Edition) by Stuart Gibbs
  • The Getaway (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #12) (Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition) by Jeff Kinney
  • Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrator Brigette Barrager
  • The Magic Misfits (The Magic Misfits Series #1) by Neil Patrick Harris and illustrator Lissy Marlin
  • We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio
  • Big Nate: What’s a Little Noogie Between Friends? by Lincoln Peirce
  • Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties (Captain Underpants: Dog Man Series #3) by Dav Pilkey
  • The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Series #3) by Rick Riordan
  • Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel by Adam Rubin and illustrator Daniel Salmieri
  • Tales from a Not-So-Secret Crush Catastrophe (Dork Diaries Series #12) by Rachel Renée Russell
  • Runny Babbit Returns: Another Billy Sook by Shel Silverstein
  • Dream Big Dreams: Photographs from Barack Obama’s Inspiring and Historic Presidency by Pete Souza
  • The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine by Mark Twain, Philip C. Stead and illustrator Erin Stead
  • Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai and illustrator Kerascoët

Mysteries & Thrillers

  • The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey
  • End Game (Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition) by David Baldacci
  • Vicious Circle (Joe Pickett Series #17) by C.J. Box
  • Origin by Dan Brown
  • Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown
  • The Stolen Marriage: A Novel by Diane Chamberlain
  • The Midnight Line by Lee Child
  • Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben
  • Two Kinds of Truth (Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition) by Michael Connelly
  • The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille
  • The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld
  • Hardcore Twenty-Four (Stephanie Plum Series #24) by Janet Evanovich
  • Y is for Yesterday (Kinsey Millhone Series #25) by Sue Grafton
  • The Rooster Bar by John Grisham
  • Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
  • Mississippi Blood (Natchez Burning Series #3) by Greg Iles
  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye (Millennium Series #5) by David Lagercrantz
  • A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carré
  • Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
  • Earthly Remains (Guido Brunetti Series #26) by Donna Leon
  • The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
  • Glass Houses (Chief Inspector Gamache Series #13) by Louise Penny
  • Deep Freeze (Virgil Flowers Series #10) by John Sandford
  • Good Daughter: A Novel by Karin Slaughter
  • Heather, the Totality by Matthew Weiner

History, Biography and Memoir

  • You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
  • Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose by Joe Biden
  • Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam by Mark Bowden
  • Grant by Ron Chernow
  • Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West by Tom Clavin
  • It’s Not Yet Dark: A Memoir by Simon Fitzmaurice
  • The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
  • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
  • Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
  • The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God’s Holy Warriors by Dan Jones
  • The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home by Denise Kiernan
  • The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir by Ariel Levy
  • Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit by Chris Matthews
  • The American Spirit: Who We Are & What We Stand For by David McCullough
  • Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World by Eric Metaxas
  • The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore
  • Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy
  • Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War by Lynne Olson
  • The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston
  • Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, Russia, 1917 – A World on the Edge by Helen Rappaport
  • Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom by Thomas E. Ricks
  • The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War by Doug Stanton
  • Where the Past Begins by Amy Tan
  • We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True by Gabrielle Union