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Amazon just released its list of the best books of 2017, and it's chock-full of spellbinding fiction, gripping memoirs, and more. Here are the selections for the 20 best books of the year:

1. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann is the riveting true story about how the murders of members of the Osage Indian nation in the '20s led to the creation of the FBI.

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Promising review: "This is one of the most heartbreaking and terrifying books I have ever read. I hope that it becomes a staple of reading lists for American history classes. It is an incredibly well told story of a staggering real world evil in an America only two or three generations removed from our own. You should read it. It won't take long — it is, though it feels crass to say so, a genuine page-turner. And I at least will likely wrestle with it for a long while. Man, oh man." — Kindle Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+, Barnes & Noble for $14.99+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

2. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng is an engrossing novel about motherhood that combines the drama of the suburbs with the elements of a thriller.

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Promising review: "Ng has done it again. I did not want to stop reading each character was so compelling in their own way. Ng's insistence on leaving unraveled, tangled, and loose ends is one of my favorite parts of her writing. There is not full resolution in life, such that she demonstrates here there is not full resolution for the lives of these characters. What I enjoyed most besides character development was the deep lingering questions around race, culture, socioeconomic development, and coming of age stories. Whatever she writes next I have only the highest hopes for." — Madeleine LeFreileux-Weber

Get it from Amazon for $13.99+, Barnes & Noble for $13.49+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

3. Beartown by Fredrik Backman tells the story of a community deep in the woods that's bound together by an ice hockey team — and the violent act that threatens to tear it apart.

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Promising review: "I read it in one sitting, for it reads like a thriller, even though it's all flashback. Backman's previous books have been wise and funny and a little tragic, but this is a masterpiece. It centers on a small town seeking glory from its hockey club. I know these kids and these families and so will you. Backman brings to life their hopes and dreams, frustrations and difficulties — adults and teens alike. Beartown should be read and discussed in every high school; it's topical, and yet these events have happened for centuries. What is the right thing to do when things go very wrong? You'll be compelled to find your answer. Backman is the Dickens of our age, and though you'll cry, your heart is safe in his hands." — M. Maxwell

Get it from Amazon for $18.89+, Barnes & Noble for $6.89+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

4. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid follows a young couple who meet amid a civil war in the country and make the daring choice to escape into an uncertain future.

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Promising review: "Once in a while, I come across a novel that makes me wish I were teaching again, a novel that begs for questions and discussion. This is one of those novels. Its brevity belies its complexity. Its characters — main, minor, fleeting, and implied — represent humanity as it is today. Its premise, while fanciful, creates the opportunity for readers to wonder if we have the courage to radically change how we view others and the world in which we all live. Told in a spare but descriptive narrative, Mr. Hamid challenges his readers to open their minds to the possibilities that the future holds." — TejasPenguin

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+, Barnes & Noble for $10.39+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

5. Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari is a look forward into the future of humankind now that we've (mostly) figured out how to manage war, famine, and disease.

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Promising review: "An amazing, thoughtful book that will trouble a lot of people, including me. It's a courageous book in that the author clearly is hoping for a better outcome for humanity that what appears to be coming. This book may help us attain a better result. This book isn't for entertainment, it's for you to expand your thinking. If you can't do that, you'll not like the book. But try it and see if you can grow a bit by reading it. I did." — JW

Get it from Amazon for $8.76+, Barnes & Noble for $15.50+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

6. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders is the 2017 Man Booker Prize winner. It's a supernatural story of Abraham Lincoln's son Willie entering the bardo — a form of purgatory, according to Tibetan tradition — after his untimely death.

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Promising review: "Before you crack open George Saunders' new (first) novel, you must empty your mind of what you expect an historical novel to be. Both the structure and the narrative are incredibly non-traditional, somewhat experimental, often disorienting, but ultimately fulfilling. Let me assure you that if you open your mind, you'll not only get used to it, you will enjoy it thoroughly. The novel takes place in one night in a cemetery and the story is narrated by hundreds of voices: old and young, men, women, and children, white and black, salve and free. Through these voices Saunders creates as fascinating (and chilling) a version of the after-life as Dante Alighieri gave us. Ultimately, Lincoln in the Bardo is a riveting exploration of death, grief, and love told in an utterly unique, almost poetic, fashion." — Mary Lins

Get it from Amazon for $11.69+, Barnes & Noble for $12.93+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

7. The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne is a snapshot of Ireland in the '40s told through the story of a boy born out of wedlock who embarks on a remarkable journey.

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Promising review: "his is the best book of 2017. The story is beautifully written and each character has a special connection with the reader. You will laugh, you will cry and you will experience each of Cyril’s emotions throughout the book. I can’t say enough of this book. It’s not a five stars but rather a ten. A must read." — AG

Get it from Amazon for $13.99+, Barnes & Noble for $9.43+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

8. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me is Sherman Alexie's memoir of his complicated, and tumultuous relationship with his deeply complex mother.

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Promising review: "I wasn't prepared for how astonishing and powerful this memoir is — reading it was like reading a book I've been waiting for my entire life. Yes, it is long, and lumpy, and idiosyncratic. Alexie's poetry may not be the most artful or poetically-traditional. But the candor and honesty on display in these pages feels like more than a person stripping himself and his life bare. It felt like watching him do surgery on himself without anesthesia. Brave and bold, Alexie's achievement is both personal and individual, but it feels like a vision quest a warrior undertakes on behalf of the entire tribe — in this case, us." — Jerome Gentes

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+, Barnes & Noble for $13.99+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

9. Sourdough by Robin Sloan ingeniously combines the worlds of sourdough bread baking and robotics into a quirky, thought-provoking novel.

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Promising review: "I read this book on a business trip and I suspect that my seatmate thought I was a bit crazy because of my constant grin and periodic chuckles. Loved. This. Book. Pure enjoyment." — J. Sever

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+, Barnes & Noble for $13.69+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

10. The Dry by Jane Harper is a captivating mystery about a detective who returns to his small hometown to investigate a murder, only to uncover a trove of secrets that may prevent the truth from ever coming out.

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Promising review: "Overnight I finished Jane Harper’s novel, a story I found difficult to put down until I reached the last page. For a first novel, it is outstanding. The author writes in beautiful, descriptive language and, at the same time, keeps socking the reader between the eyes with the revelations that unfold in this terrible story of a brutal family murder in an outback country town — a town that seeps with anger, bitterness, violence, oppressive heat and blow-flies. The characters are developed so well that I am still thinking about them as real people as I write this review. The complexity of the story, the 'whodunit?', builds almost to screaming level by the time the truth starts to emerge. This is a five out of five novel for me and I’ll certainly be looking out for Jane Harper’s future novels." — David

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+, Barnes & Noble for $3.97+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

11. The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston is the true story of the quest to find a city of immense wealth that was buried by time in the middle of the world's densest jungle.

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Promising review: "Doug Preston at his best. Entirely non-fiction, this reads every bit as excitingly as any of his fiction accounts. Fast paced, thrilling, insightful, with great descriptions of the excitement and dangers of finding a 'lost' city that had not been visited in 500 years. A great account." — Radio Writer

Get it from Amazon for $9.90+, Barnes & Noble for $5.48+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

12. My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent centers on teenaged Turtle Alveston, who slowly figures out a life and identity of her own in the wake of her mother's death, thanks to the help of her first true friend.

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Promising review: "This book was so difficult to put down once I began reading it. The prose was intricately detailed, immersive, and dangerously beautiful. The darkness is pervasive but also intriguing. I didn't want to read it, but I kept on because I had to know what happened next. Turtle's story has reverberated in my mind since I finished it, spinning through all my thoughts. I highly recommend this novel, but it is not of for the faint of heart." — Beth M. Sherwood

Get it from Amazon for $13.99+, Barnes & Noble for $12.20+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

13. Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig follows an exceptionally loved autistic young woman who goes against everyone's wishes and expectations to find her birth mother — along with something even more important she's willing to risk it all for.

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Promising review: "As soon as I read the summary of this beautiful novel by Benjamin Ludwig, I knew I had to read it. As the mother of a young son with autism, the opportunity to get inside his head, even just a tiny bit and in a fictional setting, was an urge that was just too powerful to resist. As a result, I read Ginny Moon and found myself with goosebumps throughout the book. Ludwig captured her character, the inner workings of autism, the struggles that special needs families face, and the beautiful gifts that autism can give in such a magnificent way.

Ginny is one of the best characters I have read in a very long time. Her autism is written in such a powerful way that I found myself learning even more about the disorder through Ginny. Her thought process and quirks were well-crafted, and life with autism was authentically portrayed. Thank you for such a beautiful read, Mr. Ludwig." – L. Williams

Get it from Amazon for $11.99+, Barnes & Noble for $11.99+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

14. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy is a meandering journey through the long, rich history of the Indian subcontinent, as told by several fascinating, multifaceted characters.

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Promising review: "Damn! What a book. What a bloody amazing book. I am gasping for breath after reading this and words escape me to describe how amazing this book is. To me, this is 'The great Indian Novel'. If (like me) you are a lover of Arundhati Roy's writing, you are in for a treat. She is at her best and her most fiery. To truly appreciate this book, you have to read this twice or even three times. And every time you will discover hidden treasures which you did not discover before." — CJ — Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+, Barnes & Noble for $9.55+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

15. Priestdaddy is Patricia Lockwood's memoir of her somewhat unconventional religious upbringing and the unexpected crisis that brought her and her husband back to her parent's rectory after decades away.

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Promising review: "Is this the best book written by someone whose father is a Catholic priest? I can say without any authority, yes. Is it hilarious and also overflowing with wickedly deft language? Also yes. Will it make you feel things? I mean, I don't know where you are at with your feelings, but assuming that you have not stuffed all of your emotions into a sack and tied a rock to the sack and thrown the rock and the sack into an abandoned quarry flooded deep with water that holds the sky at midnight in its depths, the answer to my third question is also a yes. Was there any reason for me to write my review as a series of questions and answers? No, not particularly. No." — David J. Schwartz

Get it from Amazon for $13.99+, Barnes & Noble for $6.74+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

16. Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory is a novel about a (literally) magical family that has to use their own special talents to come back together.

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Promising review: "This book deserves 100 stars in my opinion! It has been written excellently. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I was reading the book and when I was busy and couldn't stop to sit and read, I was listening to the audio. I was completely addicted to the storyline. The story grabs you and pulls you in so hard, I promise you, you will also have a hard time stopping. Without giving anything away, this book is hilarious, heart-touching and straight-up enjoyable. I can't wait to read more Daryl Gregory!" — Senora M. Troche

Get it from Amazon for $13.99+, Barnes & Noble for $8.23+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

17. 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster tells the story of Archie Ferguson's life four different times to show how even the smallest circumstances can majorly reshape someone's life.

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Promising review: "This is the first time I'm writing a review of a book. I love fiction, I love historical fiction, and I love unusual structural conceits. I loved this book on so many levels. I had been waiting for a book to capture me the way the long, engrossing The Goldfinch had several years ago, and 4 3 2 1 was this for me, the first such engaging, memorable work. I cannot stop thinking about this book. Read it...learn and imagine." — Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+, Barnes & Noble for $12.96+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

18. This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel is the moving tale of Claude, a young boy who wants to be a girl, and how Claude's family navigates raising a transgender child.

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Promising review: "I decided to read this book because I saw a woman who was reading while walking through the streets of New York. I thought surely this has to be a great book if someone is reading it that intently. The thought was right and I loved every single page of this beautifully written novel. I learned so much and became even more curious about transgender identity formation and how it affects family dynamics, especially because of the endearingness of the family central to this story. I would, and have highly, recommended this to many friends!" — Candace

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+, Barnes & Noble for $6.49+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

19. American Fire by Monica Hesse is the true story of how a newspaper reporter investigating a string of arsons in the Eastern Shore of Virginia uncovered the soul and heart of rural America.

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Promising review: "This is a stunning book. I read it (rather, I swallowed it) in three marathon sittings. The story is captivating, unfolding a troubling and urgent mystery in a once-proud region now become a backwater. It's a page-turner. But the keen insights about this county and its people, coupled with an engaging style, are what push this book into the territory of the extraordinary. I especially appreciated Hesse's ability to balance clear affection for the county's residents with honest critique. Both beauty marks and blemishes. Read it first for a compelling story. Read it a second time to appreciate this fine portrait of a lost America." — Andrew Bradway

Get it from Amazon for $9.32+, Barnes & Noble for $14.36+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

20. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green is the wildly popular YA novelist's new book about a teenaged girl with OCD and anxiety pursuing the mystery of a fugitive billionaire with a hundred-thousand-dollar reward.

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Promising review: "This book was beautifully written and descriptive in ways I didn't know language could be. The variety of perspectives is something everyone should learn from. The same way people and life affect you, you affect people and life." — Stephanie Kahanov

Get it from Amazon for $10.99+, Barnes & Noble for $14.36+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

Browse the full list of the top 100 books of the year here.

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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