But early texts such as Julian’s provide us with one of the most straightforward keys to better understanding people’s lives during the Middle Ages and what was important to them.

'They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us' is itself a phrase from a sign plastered to a Michael Brown memorial. The title serves as an informal thesis to Abdurraqib’s work, which grapples intently with what it means to be Black and alive in 2017.

Her poems also highlight beauty, intimacy and nature in ways that are touchingly genuine.

Erdrich is a staunch realist; what makes her dystopia so terrifying is that it’s also so plausible, even in its most outrageous aspects.

With his recently released generational saga “Column of Fire,” historical fiction guru Ken Follett brings the latest installment of the Kingsbridge Series to the niche community of Middle Age-enthusiasts.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a young writer sharper, more honest and more ruthless than Gurba in 2017.

That’s where the characters of “The Book of Wonders” find themselves: falling to pieces in one way or another and trying to rebuild on a cracked foundation.

Grudova is too smart to disgust her readers without a purpose. Every harrowing description, every piece of brutal body horror has a clear focus. At its core, this is a book about the danger and existential panic contained within women’s bodies. It’s a vivid externalization of female pain and anger.

Alarcón builds an innocent setting that invites the reader to lovingly study it and contemplate its deeper meaning long after the book is closed.

Her nickname was literally 'the Poet of the People,' and it isn’t very hard to see why.