10 Best Books of 2017 To Get You Through This Holiday Season
The 10 best books from this past year!
The 10 Best Books of 2017 To Get You Through This Holiday Season
If you cousins are hogging the television and your parents are about to ask for help, dive into one of these books from 2017. From powerful memoirs to humors short-stories, you can hide away in the pages of these books instead of picking your aunt up from the airport.
1. Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Kong
For Ruth, her homecoming is nothing to write home about. Dumped by her fiancé for another woman, Ruth moves home to find her academic father losing his battle with Alzheimer’s. A story about disease, family, and love, it’s unpredictability and warmth made it a memorable novel this year.
2. What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons
Can a place define us? In Zinzi Clemmon's novel we meet Thandi. Every year she travels to her mother's birthplace in South Africa. Grappling with the idea of self-identity, she is acknowledge by the color of her skin around her extended family, something she is unsure how to cope with. After losing her mother, her self-identity is questioned and she grapples with cultural norms and how we want to live in this world. A sweet, thought-evoking novel, What We Lose leaves you with something to wonder.
3. The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity by Esther Perel
Esther Perel knows a little about relationships. She has many accolades under her belt. Her 2006 novel, Mating in Captivity, two TED talks with millions of views, and a podcast titled Where Should We Begin dive into what happens when a partner cheats. Perel believes discussing the happenings behind an affair can fix a relationship back to what it once was, and potentially to new discoveries.
4. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Weaving race and identity into her second book, Celeste tells the story of a neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio. A community built around progress and equality crumbles when two women think they know all the answers. When a childless couple want to adopt a Chinese-American baby, the neighbors poke their nose in other peoples business. Ng does an effortless job tying race, culture, and community in her sophomore novel.
5. The Dinner Party and Other Stories by Joshua Ferris
Ferris does a perfect job of detailing the search for companionship in The Dinner Party and Other Stories. First published in The New Yorker, the yuppies were fearful the story was based on their lives. Humorous and real stories of dating, relationships, and interacting with strangers, Ferris's novel let you leave your world behind for a moment. And in 2017, that was welcomed by many.
6. The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy
Detailing her unconventional life, and relationships, Levy leaves nothing behind. Author Cheryl Strayed said it best, “unflinching and intimate, wrenching and revelatory, Ariel Levy’s powerful memoir about love, loss, and finding one’s way shimmers with truth and heart on every page.” A novel to remind you that nothing is perfect, and it never should be.
7. How to Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell
Girl Interrupted meets One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, this memoir is not for the faint of heart. Marnell details her life and career when both were riddled with eating disorders and drug problems. With humor and honesty, she spells out the good, bad, and ugly of chasing the New York dream and how an ending is not always a fairy-tale.
8. South and West by Joan Didion
Didion shares her essays of a 1970s road trip across southwest United States. Her observations about the culture and history of our country may find too many similarities in today's climate.
9. Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta
In an age of texting and sexting, Mrs. Fletcher is a hilarious spin on generational dating. A divorced mother dives deep into a world of "hot mom's" and "Milfateria" videos. When she incorporates her new knowledge of sex, dating, and intimacy into her life, she pushes boundaries she never knew she had and creates consequences she never knew she needed. Perrotta is a stunning author and Mrs. Fletcher comes after his other works, "Little Children", "Election", and "The Leftovers".
10. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy By Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
When her husband died suddenly on vacation, Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, was lost. With Adam Grant, Sheryl digs into resilience and the coping mechanisms needed to get through tragedy be it death or sexual assault. Through an honest and open account, Option B teaches us that we are much stronger than we think.
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