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Week of October 2, 2017

Paperback releases for the week of October 2nd include THE SLEEPWALKER by Chris Bohjalian, the mesmerizing story of a wife and mother who vanishes from her bed one night and the daughter determined to find her; A LOWCOUNTRY HEART, a new volume of Pat Conroy’s nonfiction that brings together some of the most charming interviews, magazine articles, speeches and letters from his long literary career, many of them addressed directly to his readers with his habitual greeting, “Hey, out there”; ABSOLUTELY ON MUSIC, a deeply personal, intimate conversation about music and writing between internationally acclaimed author Haruki Murakami and the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa; and VICTORIA: THE QUEEN, Julia Baird's page-turning biography that reveals the real woman behind the myth: a bold, glamorous, unbreakable queen.

Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

In HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. A wife refuses her husband’s entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck. A woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague slowly consumes humanity. A salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the store’s prom dresses. One woman’s surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted houseguest.

"Best Of" 2017 Lists

This is the time of year when “Best Of” lists are everywhere. These annual roundups always seem to spark lively discussions among readers as they reflect on their favorite books of the year. Although we at don’t have a “Best Of” list of our own, we’ve compiled a number of them for you here. See which of your top picks appear on these lists and which titles you feel should've been included but weren't. Perhaps you’ll even find some books to add to your reading list as we head into the new year! Reviewers Pick Their Favorite Books of 2017

Recently we asked our reviewers to provide us with a list of some of their favorite books from 2017. Included is a mix of fiction and nonfiction titles, all published this year. Take a moment to read these varied lists of titles and see if you agree with their selections! Please note that due to personal and professional commitments, some reviewers were not able to participate in this feature.

The National Book Critics Circle Awards 2017

The winners of the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced on March 15, 2018 at the New School in New York.