One of the best novels of 2017 anywhere

It’s close to the holidays and there’ll be plenty of hours for reading; so it’s time once again for my end-of-year list of the best books I read during 2017 (here’s last year’s list). These have nothing to do with urbanism; in fact they’re mostly novels. This custom dates from when I first started The Urbanist as it was originally set up with the intent of discussing novels as well as urban issues. That ambition went by the wayside long ago but the holiday season provides an excuse to return to reading, at least for one day of the year.

Of the books I read during 2017, these stand out as worth recommending to others; I rate them all as at least four stars. I don’t classify them as “beach reads” or “serious literature”; if they’re worth spending a lot of time with then they’ve got to be engaging in one way or another.

Fiction:

Non fiction:

There were other books that I rated three stars (or less) but this time I won’t bother mentioning them.

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