14 Nonfiction Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2017

True story: these are the memoirs, exposés, graphic histories and essay collections we're eagerly anticipating.

Happy 2017! It’s a new year, which means, among other things, that there is a whole new crop of books to look forward to. From memoirs of grief, depression, and mothers to examinations of celebrities and critics; from explorations of bodies and hunger to the wonders of histories and present days that are often forgotten or ignored—there is much to learn, to love, and to weep over in this year’s crop of nonfiction works. Though this certainly doesn’t cover the vast number of books we’re looking forward to, these are some of the ones we’re most hoping to read and look at this year.

What nonfiction books are you looking forward to?


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About Ilana Masad

Ilana Masad

ILANA MASAD is an Israeli-American writer living in New York. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Printer’s Row, The Toast, The Butter, The Rumpus, Hypertext Magazine, and more. She is the founder of TheOtherStories.org, a podcast for new, emerging, and struggling writers. She is (way too) active on Twitter @ilanaslightly.

  • Mary-Margaret Anthoine Ney

    Michael Finkel’s The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit. Well-written and absolutely fascinating.

    • Cam Miller

      Thank you – I was just looking for a good non-fiction tonight and left with only fiction.

  • Sally Mahieu

    Alaska From the Inside Out is a great story of a teacher in the bush villages of Alaska. Her experiences, challenges and triumphs will make you marvel and bring smiles to your face. She touched lives and made a difference to so many.

  • Kerry McCabe

    The Best Team Money Can Buy. Its hard to see the end of Football and Baseball still several months away. Hoping this great read will bring the spring just a little closer. Very well written and lots of fun to read even if your not a Dodger fan. A sports book that is hard to put down.

  • vermontchristine

    Hillbilly Elegy-I live in the NE and trying to understand life in the rust belt. Seemed very much like life in the northermost part of Vermont. Compelling read.

    • Elizabeth Williams Neipp

      Just finishing this book today! I’ve really enjoyed having a better understanding of what makes this demographic “tick.”

  • Mark Streeter

    I would have added “Words On The Move” John McWhorter Great scamper through the motile nature of the English language.

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