7 Books We’re Looking Forward to in 2017

Which all just *happen* to be written by women.

One of the perks of my job as Read it Forward’s editor is getting to read books months before they are published. So, I can tell you with full certainty that there’s lots of literary goodness to look forward to in 2017. These seven books—all publishing in the first half of 2017—are not only wonderful examples of contemporary literature, historical fiction and essays, but they all happen to be written by smart and savvy women.

Click on each book’s cover to learn more about it and preorder these gems now.


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About Abbe Wright

Abbe Wright

ABBE WRIGHT is the Editor of Read It Forward. As a kid, she used to get in trouble at summer camp for using a flashlight to read inside her sleeping bag after lights out, but these days, she lives in Brooklyn, where nobody minds if she stays up late reading. She has written for Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine and The Cut and tweets about books (and The Bachelor) at @abbewright.

  • alwaysamazed

    I have The Chillbury Ladies Choir, on page 57 and it looks like the house will not get vacuumed today 🙂

  • Bonnie Oswald

    I’ve read The Chilbury Ladies Choir, an ARC, LOVED IT!!!

  • Marlys Maybonne

    In this entire list of books, you do not have a single author of color. They’re ALL white women. If anyone is wondering, THIS is one of the many ways we participate in a deeply entrenched, racist society. These microagressions add up to deep wounds. Do your research folks…look for books written by women of color. Help support their efforts. Purchase their books. READ their books. Here, I’ll help you begin. Get this book…Madame President by Helene Cooper, a Liberian born, American Author. She tells the incredible story of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, leader of the Liberian women’s movement, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and the first democratically elected female president in African history.

    • Thanks so much for this comment @marlysmaybonne:disqus. We are deeply committed to featuring books written by diverse authors all across the board, including and of course, not limited to, women of color. The above list is not at all exhaustive and does feature a transgender author, but we absolutely acknowledge your point and it’s a good one. We will continue to strive to make Read it Forward a place where diverse authors and their books are recognized and celebrated.

    • ChariB

      I hear what you are saying and it applies in many cases., But no book should be chosen because of the authors ethnic background but by merit only. I care only for the subject matter and story.
      This is one time your argument of a racist society is misplaced.

      • Marlys Maybonne

        Nope I disagree. Your privilege and bias are informing the research here.

  • ChariB

    excited about reading the Chillbury Ladies Choir. I have the book and glad to hear it is as good as I hoped. Next book on reading list

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