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Reading List: 2017’s Most Critically Acclaimed Books

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View a list of all the critically acclaimed titles on our list from 1940 to 2018.


  1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  2. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  3. A Kind of Freedom: A Novel by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
  4. Stay with Me: A novel by Ayobami Adebayo
  5. Version Control by Dexter Palmer
  6. High Cotton: A Novel by Darryl Pinckney
  7. The Wide Circumference of Love: A Novel by Marita Golden
  8. Sycorax’s Daughters by Kinitra D. Brooks, Linda Addison, and Susana Morris (Editors)


  1. Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young
  2. We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates


  1. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  2. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes
  3. Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia

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