(The 166-member, start-studded cast of the audio book might give you a hint of what's in store: Julianne Moore, Susan Sarandon, Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, Carrie Brownstein, Miranda July, Lena Dunham, Jeffrey Tambor, Don Cheadle, Patrick Wilson, and Ben Stiller all lend their voices to the recording.). The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin The conclusion to Cronin’s Passage Trilogy was a 2016 Goodreads Choice finalist for best horror. First the rich flee, then communication halts, and as the violence escalates they must decide how and when to escape their crumbling homeland. Why do people, including much of her South African extended family, insist that she be categorized by the color of her skin? If so, you can live vicariously through another couple's experiences in Dunn's comedic novel before you give it a whirl yourself. Bonus: Read about BuzzFeed's interview with Colson Whitehead here. Self care and ideas to help you live a healthier, happier life. An exhilarating page-turner to the very end, Girls on Fire reads like a grungy punk girl anthem, intense and terrifying and wonderfully alive. 32 Of The Most Beautiful Book Covers Of 2016, The Best Books Of 2016, According To Goodreads Users. How does place define us and the ones we love? Reading this book might make you want to shake these characters and say, "Wake up! Observer critics' review of 2016 Rowan Moore’s best architecture books of 2016 Books about building for peace in times of war are among the standout volumes of the last 12 months Published: 2:30 AM “The Underground Railroad” imagines that the system of safe houses and clandestine routes used to smuggle enslaved people fleeing north, was, in fact, an actual railroad built underground. The parallel story is of an opening, as the son spends two decades peeling away layers of obscure, unreliable details from ex-prisoners and craven Libyan officials to try to uncover what happened to his father. Lists are re-scored approximately every 5 minutes. In her previous acclaimed biography of Putin, Man Without a Face, she targeted the leader of the totalitarian regime. In the 1980s, teenager Cara Hoffman ditched college and took off for Europe, occasionally sleeping in train stations and stowing away in Venetian water taxis. It’s easy to assume that the mystique and vibrancy of New York is created on the island of Manhattan itself, albeit with its clash of Wall Street bankers, lanky fashion models, grungy college students, and struggling journalists (to name a few of the characters that strut its streets)—all of whom Egan has explored in her previous work. Translated by Deborah Smith. In this unnamed city, suspended somewhere between the past, the present, and the future, text messages and one hour of daily internet connection link Nadia and Saeed with the world beyond a home that is disintegrating day by day. What could go possibly wrong? F iction publishers complained that 2017 was a difficult year to get attention in a fast-moving media climate that was intensely political. The Best Novels of 2017 selected by Arifa Akbar. Want great book recommendations in your inbox every week? Regardless, reading this book, that’s also punctuated with illustrations by Vanessa Baird, will make you slow down, take a moment, and recall your childlike wonder. The best books of 2017 Score A book’s total score is based on multiple factors, including the number of people who have voted for it and how highly those voters ranked the book. Jun 13, 2016 Ideas As we reach the middle of 2016—and as readers pack their bags for summer vacations—it's time to look back at some of the best books of the year so far, spanning novels … A story as much about the art of storytelling as it is about family, history, and the 20th century, Moonglow is a dazzling achievement. Has 2017 been a strong year for novels? Whether you like your reading sexy and satirical or political and polarizing, these stand-out books are guaranteed to challenge the status quo and spark timely conversation. Weaving his grandfather’s stories into accounts of his own visits to sites that shaped the old man’s development as a husband and father as well as an artist, Hertmans has produced a masterly book about memory, art, love and war. Lucy's memoir is now for sale in the local bookstore and as some of the townspeople devour it, they are confronted with the abuse they suspected went on in Lucy and her sibling's home but long ignored. Shortly afterward, she received a phone call from a man claiming to be Putin requesting an in-person meeting at the Kremlin. On his Emmy-nominated hit show United Shades of America, Bell interviewed white nationalist Richard Spencer and met with KKK members in a controversial exploration of race in America. The Red Car is a sly and marvelously surprising take on the road trip novel. But just as they are adjusting to civilian life, they are eerily thrust into a situation fueled by revenge that's reminiscent of the war zone they left behind. Even the most traumatic events — such as the death of one of the children — can be only partially known, thwarted as these characters are by invention, by gossip, by the deep emotional need to avoid the truth.

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