Best Books of 1977

The New York Times Book Review

Here are the New York Times Book Review’s top books of 1977:

Fiction Selections:

FalconerJohn Cheever
A Book of Common PrayerJoan Didion
Day by DayRobert Lowell
Song of SolomonToni Morrison
Staying OnPaul Scott

Nonfiction Selections:

Delmore Schwartz: The Life of an American PoetJames Atlas
Samuel JohnsonW. Jackson Bate
AfterimagesArlene Croce
Gates of Eden: American Culture in the SixtiesMorris Dickstein
Every Child’s Birthright: In Defense of MotheringSelma Fraiberg
DispatchesMichael Herr
Chinese ShadowsSimon Leys
The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914David McCullough
Coming into the CountryJohn McPhee
India: A Wounded CivilizationV.S. Naipaul
Robert Frost: The Work of KnowingRichard Poirier
The Gentle Barbarian: The Life and Work of TurgenevV.S. Pritchett
On PhotographySusan Sontag
Letters on Literature and Politics: 1912-1972Edmund Wilson

Pulitzer Prize Winning Books of 1977

Here is the Pulitzer Prize winning General Nonfiction book of 1977:

Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake BayWilliam W. Warner