Best Books of 1997

The New York Times Book Review

Here are the New York Times Book Review’s top books of 1997:

Fiction Selections:

TitleAuthor
American PastoralPhilip Roth
The Blue FlowerPenelope Fitzgerald
Mason & DixonThomas Pynchon
The Puttermesser PapersCynthia Ozick
Toward the End of TimeJohn Updike
UnderworldDon DeLillo

Nonfiction Selections:

TitleAuthor
American Scripture: The Declaration of IndependencePauline Maier
Huxley: From Devil’s Disciple to Evolution’s Highest PriestAdrian Desmond
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest DisasterJon Krakauer
Virginia WoolfHermione Lee
The Whole Shebang: A State-of-the-Universe(s) ReportTimothy Ferris

Pulitzer Prize Winning Books of 1997

Here are the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction books of 1997:

TitleAuthor
Winner: Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American DreamerSteven Millhauser
Finalist: The ManikinJoanna Scott
Finalist: Unlocking the Air and Other StoriesUrsula K. LeGuin

Here are the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction books of 1997:

TitleAuthor
Winner: Ashes to Ashes: America’s Hundred-Year Cigarette War, the Public Health, and the Unabashed Triumph of Philip MorrisRichard Kluger
Finalist: Fame and Folly: EssaysCynthia Ozick
Finalist: The Inheritance: How Three Families and America Moved from Roosevelt to Reagan and BeyondSamuel G. Freedman

Amazon’s Bestselling Books of 1997

Here are the top selling books on Amazon in 1997:

TitleAuthor
1. Cold MountainCharles Frazier
2. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest DisasterJon Krakauer
3. The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the SeaSebastian Junger
4. Angela’s AshesFrank McCourt
5. Songs in Ordinary TimesMary McGarry Morris
6. The God of Small ThingsArundhati Roy
7. Stones from the RiverUrsula Hegi
8. Midnight in the Garden of Good and EvilJohn Berendt
9. Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of RiskPeter L. Bernstein
10. How the Mind WorksSteven Pinker

Note: Only considering adult fiction and nonfiction titles.