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30 best books of 2017

FICTION:

Dark at the Crossing
By Elliot Ackerman
Knopf, 256 pp.
Set against the war in Syria, this National Book Award-nominated novel by former US Marine Elliot Ackerman focuses on the actions of characters caught up in the chaos of fighting. (CSMonitor.com review, 2/2/17)

Lincoln in the Bardo
By George Saunders
Random House, 368 pp.
This 2017 Man Booker Prize winner by acclaimed short story writer George Saunders juxtaposes a family tragedy – the death of President Abraham Lincoln’s son – with the national tragedy of the Civil War.
(CSMonitor.com review, 2/27/17)

By Angie Thomas Balzer + Bray, 464 pp.This dark but excellent young adult novel

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