With wit and heartwarming prose, Gail Honeyman introduces readers to Eleanor Oliphant. A more traumatized, female Ove (Fredrik Backman), Eleanor offers a unique perspective on the world from someone who grew up alone and who prefers to spend her adult life that way — because she doesn’t know anything else.
Kaur succeeds in taking both the most difficult parts of being a woman (rape, abuse, heartbreak) and the most excruciatingly beautiful (falling in love – with both yourself and another) and making them into short, one- or two-page poems that perfectly capture the feelings associated with these phenomena.
Beartown is a fairly large departure from Backman’s other books. While it starts out similarly to Britt-Marie Was Here (but in a hockey town instead of a soccer town), Beartown quickly takes a heartrending turn.
The Boys in the Boat is an inspiring, well-told underdog story of nine men who stepped up for their country during the Great Depression. You don’t need to love rowing, history books, or even nonfiction to appreciate this one. Brown excels at painting suspenseful, nerve-wracking sequences when the boys are competing, and actor Edward Hermann expertly narrates the audiobook.
Jhumpa Lahiri, author of Interpreter of Maladies and The Lowland, is a captivating writer, and she gives readers a glimpse into her own life, loves, and struggles with In Other Words, her first nonfictional book. The text was written by Lahiri in Italian and later translated by Ann Goldstein into English — the English edition is presented beautifully with the Italian on the left pages and the English on the right.
I have really mixed feelings about this book. While Keegan was an admirable writer and student and has become something of an icon for twentysomethings, her stories and writing reflect her age and inexperience. Her death was an absolute tragedy and her essay “The Opposite of Loneliness” deserves all the praise it’s received, but her short stories lack depth, editing, and purpose.
I got to know Matt Bellassai through his great Whine About It videos, many of which had me in tears from laughing so hard. I gave Everything Is Awful a shot and was happy to get more of the same millennial-based, spot-on, relatable content.
This is by far one of my favorites releases of 2017 — this book is so incredibly timely and relevant and necessary. In addition, Thomas made this book captivating, and Starr is one of the best protagonists I’ve read in a while. Her inner dialogue poses many questions I found myself asking as I was reading it, and I appreciated that Thomas anticipated her readers having those questions.