Best books of 2017, according to the Washington Post

The Washington Post recently rounded up the top ten books of 2017, based on their annual survey.

From a national ghost story to an ambitious retelling of Russian's recent history—here are their picks and a brief synopsis of the Post's review:

Behave, by Robert Sapolsky: Sapolsky, a neurology professor at Stanford University, offers a humorous and compelling explanation of human behavior that even a layperson can understand, according to the Post's review.

The Future is History, by Masha Gessen: The author's ambitious retelling of recent history argues that totalitarianism is alive and well in modern-day Russia. 

I Can't Breathe, by Matt Taibbi: Taibbi recounts the life and death of Eric Garner. His book examines Garner's profound cultural and political impact, as well as the insidious polices that empower police brutality.

I Was Told to Come Alone, by Souad Mekhennet: Mekhennet's memoir chronicles her career as a Muslim reporter covering violent extremism. The journalist details her close brushes with kidnapping, death—and worse.

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Less, by Andrew Greer: The tragicomic graphic novel follows a depressed, middle-aged writer who embarks on a journey of self-discovery.

Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders: Saunders spins a national ghost story in which President Lincoln grapples with the death of his 11-year-old son, Willie. Despite its serious subject matter, the book manages to be "erratically funny," according to the Post's review.

The Power, by Naomi Alderman: In this dystopian novel, teenage girls suddenly gain the ability to produce a deadly electrical charge. Alderman traces the effects of this change on individuals, families, and governments.

Rising Star, by David Garrow: A biography of former President Barack Obama's determined rise to power. Garrow's portrait of Obama reflects a "man who made emotional sacrifices in the pursuit of his goal," the Post reports.

Saints for All Occasions, by J. Courtney Sullivan: Sullivan's novel delves deep into the rich family history of an Irish Catholic family in Boston. Sullivan inspires readers to care about the family as if it was their own, the reviewer writes.

Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward: The novel follows a black mother and her children on a journey to pick up their white father from the penitentiary (Book World Editors, Washington Post, 11/17).

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