FP Staff Picks: The Best Books of 2017


2017 was not the best...


but the books were excellent.


Here's what the FP staff read (and loved) this year.


Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Graywolf Press

For fans of dark fairy tales, exquisite prose, and books that might make you queasy

—Sophia, Development Manager



In the Distance by Hernan Diaz


Coffee House Press

For someone not afraid to read a difficult but extremely rewarding literary work

Jisu, Sales & Marketing Manager


Drop The Ball: Achieving More By Doing Less by Tiffany Dufu

Flatiron Books

Recommended for busy people everywhere who seek to thrive in their work and their life

Jamia, Executive Director





Such Small Hands by Andrés Barba, translated by Lisa Dillman

Transit Books

For people who like emotionally tense, lyrical novels

—Alyea, Assistant Editor


Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 

For people hungry for complex and dimensional female characters for young audiences

—Lucia, External Relations Manager 







The Iliac Crest by Cristina Rivera Garza

Feminist Press

For readers who enjoy surreal, gothic horror stories centered around gender identity and the pervasive power of womanhood


—Suki, Senior Graphic Designer


Dance on the Volcano by Marie Vieux Chauvet,  translated by Kaiama L. Glover

Archipelago Books

For fans of historical fiction or Caribbean literature

—Lauren, Editor


The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin

Orbit Books

I'd recommend The Broken Earth series to anyone, not just fans of fantasy

Hannah, Admin Manager


What book did you love this year? Join us on twitter to share your recommendation.

Lucia Brown