Books are doorways to worlds unknown and undiscovered by the human civilisation and it is better to read a good book and learn new mysteries than wasting your precious time in a book that gives out all its secrets at once. Here is the list of 10 books of 2017 that will keep you spellbound even after the last page is turned.
Hunger by Roxane Gay
“I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to erase every memory of her, but she is still there, somewhere.”
From the New York Times best-selling author of Bad Feminist, this new book talks about the struggles that young women have with food. Gay connects with her readers by recollecting the painful memories of her early life and her personal struggle with accepting herself and dealing with anorexia. As a woman who understands the struggle of staying healthy. She also beautifully sketches a heart wrenching and raw journey of acceptance and love for oneself. The New York Times Bestseller should definitely be on your list of immediate buys.
You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
The new release written by Sherman Alexie was one of the most anticipated books of 2017. The memoir is a definite hit which speaks of love, forgiveness and complicated relationships and It is definitely going to keep you hooked for a long time. The book is set mainly in the Spokane Indian Reservation where the author spent his childhood and recollects memories from his past, mainly focusing on his mother that will definitely bring tears to your eyes.
Lincoln In The Bardo
The novel is a perfect definition of afterlife and it’s connection with the living. The novel is set in the time when Lincoln lost his son and often went to his grave. Writer George Saunders takes the reader to a different place unknown to the living with his first full fledged novel as he is mainly known for his short stories and essays.
As a debutant , Julie Buntin has definitely given us a really good book which would in future make us want more from her. This book is all in all a roller coaster ride for everyone who has had the teenage rush once in their lives. Cat, the protagonist, finds herself following the footsteps of her wild neighbour Marlena who leads her into many firsts of her life like drinking, smoking, etc. Due to her reckless behaviour, Marlena dies within a year of their meeting and this wild experience haunts Cat even years after the incident. This story is very relatable for it brings into light the fact how one person can shape us beyond expectations and sometimes ruin us.
Priestdaddy is poet Patricia Lockwood’s 2017 memoir. The memoir talks about the funny memories of her family concentrating mainly on her daddy who is a Catholic priest. She began writing the book when she moved to her parents place to live with them and the childhood memories overwhelmed her to write about her father and her childhood. “My father despises cats. He believes them to be Democrats. He considers them to be little mean Hillary Clintons covered all over with feminist leg fur.”, she writes.
Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid captures the ugly truth about migration in his fourth novel Exit West. The story revolves around a young couple who eventually have to flee from their country to find a better place in order to survive in the cruel world. It is a raw documentation of life amidst war. The novel has elements of magic realism and basically is a must read if you loved the story of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” during your childhood.
The Rules Don’t Apply Here
A lot is expected from a writer who has been a contributing editor at New Yorker for over 8 years. Ariel Levy’s new memoir is a raw and vulnerable piece of her soul which she has dared to bare in the most realistic way. She writes about the results of the choices she made in her life and how they tend to destroy her inside out. Because of the toxic choices she makes, she loses her son, spouse and house all almost together. This is Levy being a critic of her own life in the purest form.
Home Deus: A Brief History Of Tomorrow
Israeli author Yuval Noah Harari, professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem recounts the history of human existence and deals with abilities acquired by Home Sapiens during the course of time.Also it throws light on the evolution of man as the most dominant over all other species. The book was first published in Hebrew in 2015 while the English-language version was published in February 2017 in the United States. Also the book highlights on the possibilities of the future human. Many philosophical issues are discussed, such as the human experience, human emotion and consciousness. This book is a testimony of how far mankind has come and is yet to achieve. For all the science enthusiasts out there, this is an ideal pick for the weekend.
One of the best non-fiction books of 2017 , They Cole has yet again surprised us with his new book Blind Spot. This book is a combination of the two things that he is best known for-photography and writing. If only there was anything that we could expect better than this, Cole has done an outstanding work in putting his point of view in this book. The book has 150 original photos which is accompanied by beautiful prose. It sums up all the years’ work and travelling of Teju Cole and truly impresses it’s reader. The book is a silent reminder of the way we grow and the world suddenly looks changed or does it?
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
My favorite pick in this list, the story of Eleanor is hauntingly real and relatable to anybody on this planet. Describing the character, author Gail Honeyman says, “I wanted to show that Eleanor is a survivor, that she’s damaged but not broken by what has happened to her. I also thought it was important, if the character was going to work, that Eleanor never displays or experiences self-pity, however distressing her circumstances.”
Thirty-year-old lonely Eleanor is a perfect example of somebody you call antisocial and who keeps to herself but sometimes ‘completely fine’ also means ‘completely not fine’. The story of this heroine is that of humor, loneliness, empathy and also heartbreak but not broken. It has been shortlisted for the U.K.’s Lucy Cavendish Prize in 2014 and soon after its U.S. publication in May, Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Hello Sunshine, announced plans to bring it to the big screen.
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