Best of 2017

my picks for the best books, films, music and television of 2017


All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg [Houghton Mifflin Harcourt]
A Catalogue of Birds by Laura Harrington [Europa]
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid [Riverhead]
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie [Riverhead]
Impressions of Paris: An Artist’s Sketchbook by Cat Seto [Harper Design]
The Leavers by Lisa Ko [Algonquin]
Lonesome Lies Before Us by Don Lee [W.W. Norton]
Made for Love by Alissa Nutting [Ecco]
Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta [Scribner]
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline [William Morrow]
This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression by Daphne Merkin [Farrar, Straus and Giroux]
What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons [Viking]


Adna, Closure
Alvvays, Antisocialites
Cults, Offering
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rest
Chelsea Wolfe, Hiss Spun
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice
Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up
Gary Numan, Savage (Songs from a Broken World)
Juana Molina, Halo
Lana Del Rey, Lust for Life
Laura Marling, Semper Femina
The Mountain Goats, Goths
The National, Sleep Well Beast
Real Estate, In Mind
Ride, Weather Diaries
Saint Etienne, Home Counties
Slowdive, Slowdive
Vagabon, Infinite Worlds
Waxahatchee, Out in the Storm
Zola Jesus, Okovi


The Florida Project
Professor Marston and His Wonder Women
Phantom Thread
The Glass Castle
Call Me By Your Name
Band Aid
A Woman, A Part
Get Out
A Quiet Passion
Lady Bird
Carrie Pilby
My Cousin Rachel
A United Kingdom
The Shape of Water
The Big Sick
The Beguiled
Lady Macbeth


Call the Midwife (PBS)
Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
Longmire (Netflix)
Chewing Gum (Netflix)
GLOW (Netflix)
Master of None (Netflix)
Girls (HBO)
Big Little Lies (HBO)
Transparent (Amazon)
Alias Grace (Netflix)

Best shows:

Rachel Platton –November 6 at Sonia
Slowdive—November 14 at Paradise
Ride—July 19 at Royale
Warpaint—Sept 6 at Brighton Music Hall
Saint Etienne—Sept 24 at Once
Marissa Nadler—Sept 28 at Charles River Museum
The National—October 5 at Wang Center

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