Best Books of 2017 - Adult Nonfiction

Monday, December 4, 2017

King County Librarians compiled lists of books and sent them through a committee to come up with the 25 best in category.

Best Adult Nonfiction Books 2017: (in order of author’s last name)

  1. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
  2. American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee
  3. Nomadland by Jessica Bruder
  4. The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
  5. We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-nehisi Coates
  6. The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel
  7. Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Jr. Forman
  8. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  9. Ghost of Seattle Past by Jaimee Garbacik
  10. Hunger by Roxane Gay
  11. Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
  12. Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as An Adult by Bruce Handy
  13. We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby
  14. No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need by Naomi Klein
  15. Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco
  16. Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore
  17. Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers Who Helped Win World War II by Liza Mundy
  18. Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics by Lawrence O'Donnell
  19. The Photo Ark: One Man's Quest to Document the World's Animals by Joel Satore
  20. Daring to Drive: a Saudi Woman's Awakening by Manal Sharif
  21. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  22. The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson
  23. Make Trouble by John Waters
  24. Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope: Voices From the Women's March
  25. The Card Catalog: Books, Cards and Literary Treasures

Thumbnail descriptions of books here

All Best Books 2017 are available to borrow in various formats, including print, audio, digital audio and eBook, at your local KCLS library or online to download at


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