20 Really Good New Books You're About To Hear Everyone Talk About Nonstop
*Gets ready to curl up with these books all winter.*
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Amazon just released its list of the best books of 2017, and it's chock-full of spellbinding fiction, gripping memoirs, and more. Here are the selections for the 20 best books of the year:
1. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann is the riveting true story about how the murders of members of the Osage Indian nation in the '20s led to the creation of the FBI.
2. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng is an engrossing novel about motherhood that combines the drama of the suburbs with the elements of a thriller.
3. Beartown by Fredrik Backman tells the story of a community deep in the woods that's bound together by an ice hockey team — and the violent act that threatens to tear it apart.
4. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid follows a young couple who meet amid a civil war in the country and make the daring choice to escape into an uncertain future.
5. Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari is a look forward into the future of humankind now that we've (mostly) figured out how to manage war, famine, and disease.
6. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders is the 2017 Man Booker Prize winner. It's a supernatural story of Abraham Lincoln's son Willie entering the bardo — a form of purgatory, according to Tibetan tradition — after his untimely death.
7. The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne is a snapshot of Ireland in the '40s told through the story of a boy born out of wedlock who embarks on a remarkable journey.
8. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me is Sherman Alexie's memoir of his complicated, and tumultuous relationship with his deeply complex mother.
9. Sourdough by Robin Sloan ingeniously combines the worlds of sourdough bread baking and robotics into a quirky, thought-provoking novel.
10. The Dry by Jane Harper is a captivating mystery about a detective who returns to his small hometown to investigate a murder, only to uncover a trove of secrets that may prevent the truth from ever coming out.
11. The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston is the true story of the quest to find a city of immense wealth that was buried by time in the middle of the world's densest jungle.
12. My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent centers on teenaged Turtle Alveston, who slowly figures out a life and identity of her own in the wake of her mother's death, thanks to the help of her first true friend.
13. Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig follows an exceptionally loved autistic young woman who goes against everyone's wishes and expectations to find her birth mother — along with something even more important she's willing to risk it all for.
14. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy is a meandering journey through the long, rich history of the Indian subcontinent, as told by several fascinating, multifaceted characters.
15. Priestdaddy is Patricia Lockwood's memoir of her somewhat unconventional religious upbringing and the unexpected crisis that brought her and her husband back to her parent's rectory after decades away.
16. Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory is a novel about a (literally) magical family that has to use their own special talents to come back together.
17. 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster tells the story of Archie Ferguson's life four different times to show how even the smallest circumstances can majorly reshape someone's life.
18. This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel is the moving tale of Claude, a young boy who wants to be a girl, and how Claude's family navigates raising a transgender child.
19. American Fire by Monica Hesse is the true story of how a newspaper reporter investigating a string of arsons in the Eastern Shore of Virginia uncovered the soul and heart of rural America.
20. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green is the wildly popular YA novelist's new book about a teenaged girl with OCD and anxiety pursuing the mystery of a fugitive billionaire with a hundred-thousand-dollar reward.
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