My favorite books published in 2017 include Nina Riggs’ stunning and beautiful memoir written in her last living days, The Bright Hour; Kanishk Tharoor’s imaginative story collection, Swimmer Among the Stars; Hala Alyan’s expansively drawn novel depicting generations of displacement and discovery, Salt Houses; Zeina Hashem Beck’s second full-length poetry collection that sings with power and urgency, Louder than Hearts; and Melissa Febos’ lyric, layered memoir, Abandon Me.
Two more works published before this year but that had great impact for me are: Ta-Nehisi Coates’ powerful letter to his son about what it means to live in a black body in America, Between the World and Me (I’m looking forward to reading his new book, We Were Eight Years in Power, too) and Kenan Trebincevic’s The Bosnia List, a harrowing true story told with such humanity that I simultaneously wept and smiled in the last pages of reading. May 2018 bring more great releases and new discoveries.
Wishing everyone happy reading for the holidays!
You must be logged in to post a comment.