Lit Crush: Best Books of 2017

2017 gave us neck-break news cycles, Fifty Shades Darker, and the man romper (why it wasn't the bro romper—or the #bromper—we'll never know). But 2017 also gave us searing memoirs, blazing poetry, and breathtaking novels. In short, it was lit-tastic. These are the Grub staff and community's very best books of the year. 

 

The Grub community has spoken

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Books & Reading The Writing Life

Author Newsletters--Yay or Nay?

By Katrin Schumann

Media marketing experts agree that maintaining a robust newsletter is one of the best ways for an author to build a core audience--a group of people who will be more interested and committed to you and your work than, say, that stranger lurking on twitter or the random people liking your Instagram shots.

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Best of the Web 11/27/17

Thrice a month, we feature our favorite literary links. As ever, we promise: You’ll ruminate. You'll ponder. You won’t get any writing done.



From The Guardian, "The Best Books of 2017 Part One" and "Part Two," in which contemporary authors enthuse about the year's literary highlights, especially Sebastian Barry's Days Without End. Grubbie Alex Marzano-Lesnevich's The Fact of a Body is SJ Watson's favorite of the year, and Girl On a Train bestselling author Paula Hawkins is crushing on both The Fact of a Body and grubbie Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere.

 

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Best of the Web 11/20/17

Thrice a month, we feature our favorite literary links. As ever, we promise: You’ll ruminate. You'll ponder. You won’t get any writing done.



From Literary Hub, "Ben Lerner on Why So Many People Rightfully Hate Poetry."

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Your Next Fave Book: What We're Reading in November

Here at Grub HQ, we're always talking about the novels keeping us up at night, the poems that call to us over our morning coffees, and those un-put-down-able memoirs you'll find us reading while walking through four lanes of traffic [Ed.'s note: all walk-reading is performed by Grub's trained extreme readers; do not try this at home]. Every month, we'll share our staff's latest literary obsessions to add to your own never-ending reading list.

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