one of the great pleasures in the life of a reader is picking up a book and falling in love with it. books can be real time resistant , you could pick up a classic from the 17th century and you’ll still match well, but if you don’t, what if you’re sick and tired of all the classics roaming around -looking at you Wordsworth and Penguin classics- what if you want something french out of the oven, fear no more! this list is for you to choose from 2017 best books -so far-:
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
Arundhati Roy’s new novel, “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness,” is an intricate and graceful story of lives touched by magic, broken by tragedy, and mended with love. It’s an exceptional work of storytelling well worth the 20-year wait since “The God of Small Things.”
The Answers by Catherine Lacey
Mary Parsons desperately needs cash fast to treat her baffling chronic pain, so she answers a high-paying Craigslist ad to partake in famous (but super lonely) actor Kurt Sky’s so-called Girlfriend Experiment. Kurt’s hope? That an array of women playing “girlfriend” roles will him in land him the ‘perfect relationship. Sound weird ? It is. It’s also a read about how people are not always what they seem.
We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby
Often it feels like the phrase “laugh-out-loud” is tossed around when describing a comical book—rarely does the work deliver on the promise. Not so in this raw, and relatable book of essays, which is guaranteed to make you LOL for real. Irby amassed a cult following with her Bitches Gotta Eat blog, which she wrote while she was working full time at an animal hospital, and her memoir, Meaty, is in TV development , now in her book of essays, Irby shares her hilarious application to be a contestant on The Bachelorette, the life lessons she learned from her 14 years at the animal hospital, and what she’s willing to do for love. (Purchasing and assembling equipment of the sexual kind with some Barbie-scented latex accoutrement gives you a taste of what’s to come.)
THE HATE U GIVE
Everyone’s been talking about this debut YA novel, and for good reason. This heartbreaking, yet infuriating story manages to tackle racism in all forms, police brutality, Black Lives Matter, and class in a powerful and authentic way. The characters in this book are complex with their own unique histories, and each chapter feels like a sucker punch. Angie Thomas makes the reader step into Starr’s shoes, into Starr’s life, and ask themselves what they would do if they were in Starr’s place. It’s a perspective changing novel, and by far one of the best that will be published this year.
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
The author of “A Man Called ove” sidesteps the predictable as he forges a new path of soul-searching and truth-telling in his gripping new novel about a small, hockey-mad town whose hopes and loyalties are torn apart by a crime no one wants to believe happened.
THE REFUGEES by Viet Thanh Nguyen
The multi-talented Nguyen knows what it means to inhabit a life radically shaped by history. In 1975, he and his family go to The United States as refugees in the wake of the Vietnam War. His debut novel, The Sympathizer, winner of last year’s Pulitzer Prize, revisited the conflict that changed the trajectory of his life and inserted a much-needed Vietnamese perspective to the largely American-driven narrative. In The Refugees, a collection of stories 20 years in the making, he gives voice to the Vietnamese communities in Southern California (where he grew up) and to those living in the country he fled, acknowledging that the ghosts of war reverberate for generations.
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
The third installment of Kwan’s satirical CrazyRich (Asians) trilogy returns us to the zany and irresistible world of Singapore’s old-moneyed ultra-rich. The antics of the glitzy and glamorous Young clan—who jet (on private jets) from London to Paris to Shanghai and beyond—are made even more enthralling because Kwan insists that nothing is made up in his books. This means that plastic surgeons for pet fish really do exist! It’s fun facts and snippets like these from a world rarely portrayed in mainstream culture that make all of Kwan’s books a voyeuristic pleasure to read. Soon though, everyone will know a lot more about the outrageous lifestyles of Asia’s rich and famous when the film based on Kwan’s first book, Crazy Rich Asians, hits the big screen.
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE by Elizabeth Strout
A sequel of sorts to “My Name Is Lucy Barton,” published last year, this new book of linked stories follows various townspeople of fictional Amgash, Illinois — the town where Lucy grew up desperately poor, made famous by her bestselling memoir. There’s plenty of unhappiness to go around there, and while some resent Lucy’s success, others find solace in her story.
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Mohsin Hamid’s futuristic lyrical, timely novel is a powerful story of love and courage in the midst of war. Nadia and Saeed are two young students drawn to one another in a country on the brink of civil war. When the fighting escalates, they make the decision to flee the country together, but their future looks uncertain as they struggle to hold onto their past – and each other – while refugees moving through unfamiliar lands. The quiet beauty of the book’s writing will make your brain hum with appreciation. It is a breathtakingly gorgeous tale about identity, uncertainty, and loyalty, and cements Hamid’s place as one of today’s most important writers.
Abandon Me by Melissa Febos
This astonishing collection of essays is an exercise in naming and exploring the depths of love and loss in all their forms. Febos’s stirring prose–her delicately wrought sentences and stellar sense of pacing–don’t distract from the narrative arcs themselves, which is a relief, as each braided essay carries a beginning, middle, and end, even if the ends and the beginnings sometimes meet up in a kind of snake-eating-its-tale way. From formative loves to emotionally manipulative ones, from dungeons to classrooms, the breadth of experience here feels like wisdom, even as she admits she doesn’t, and never did, have all the answers.
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Pachinko is an epic family saga that follows four generations of a Korean family from the early 1900s through the 1980s. The family immigrates to Japan early on in the story and Min Jin Lee simultaneously explores the changing family dynamics as well as the cultural tension and discrimination against Koreans living in Japan. The characters are complex, the story runs deep, and Min Jin Lee’s writing is descriptive without being overwritten. She pulls you into this family from page one and you never want to leave them.
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Lincoln in the Bardo was widely anticipated as the work of a wordsmith. It is an absolutely creative piece focusing in on Father’s grief over his young son’s death. What’s interesting here is that it’s tricky to read as a collage of different pieces of text from different origins and different voices. Many of those voices are ghostly. While some might trip up a bit on the form. There’s nothing quite like the grief of Lincoln as he holds the body of his son. It can hit you in the gut.
“The Impossible Fortress: by Jason Rekulak
“The Impossible Fortress” is a coming-of-age story tucked inside a love letter to the strange and wonderful 1980s. It’s one of those rare and special books where once you’ve finished it, you want all your friends to read it immediately. and even though you might worry that you’re far from attached to the US culture of 80’s, believe me , you’ve been consuming US media since you’re born , you’re gonna relate.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
In this brutally honest and brave memoir, the bestselling author of “Bad Feminist” recounts how a childhood sexual assault led her to purposely gain weight in order to be unseen and therefore feel safe; it’s a story that will inspire you to be more considerate of the bodies of others, and more accepting of your own.
KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON:
The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI: by David Grann
in this book the writer conveys the sights, sounds, textures and smells of 1917 in St. Petersburg, re-christened Petrograd.