It’s best-of-the-year time: our roundup of 2017 titles covers all the genres — memoir, sci-fi, essay, and literary fiction — with each selection offering a blend of superb writing and compelling narrative. Have a look and choose a book — or two. You still have time to read them while they’re hot.
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The Idiot by Elif Batuman
Selin, an plucky Turkish girl moves to America in 1995, enrolls in Harvard, makes a new best friend, goes off to Europe for a summer and falls in love — ordinary coming-of-age stuff related by a charming narrator with an eye for the absurdities of ordinary coming-of-age stuff. –R.H.