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May 29, 2017

2017 Summer Reading Suggestions

Since Memorial Day is considered the unofficial kickoff of summer, here are my reading suggestions for the season. These are my favorite books published in 2017 so far.


Always Happy Hour

Always Happy Hour
by Mary Miller

Mary Miller's Always Happy Hour is one of the year's finest short story collections, one filled with characters so realistically portrayed they seem personally familiar.


The Book of Joan

The Book of Joan
by Lidia Yuknavitch

Lidia Yuknavitch's ambitious and accomplished novel The Book of Joan, a dystopic and science fiction retelling of Joan of Arc, might be the perfect novel for our times.


The Evening Road

The Evening Road
by Laird Hunt

Filled with strong characters and lyrical prose, Laird Hunt's The Evening Road is one of the year's finest novels.


Exes

Exes
by Max Winter

Max Winter's debut novel Exes is cleverly put together, compulsively readable, and poignant.


Exit West

Exit West
by Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid's novel Exit West is powerful and timely.


The Gift

The Gift
by Barbara Browning

Barbara Browning's novel The Gift is a brilliant work of autofiction from one of my favorite writers.


Harmless Like You

Harmless Like You"
by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan's novel Harmless Like You is a dazzling debut about family, home, and love. One of the best books I have read this year.


Imagine Wanting Only This

Imagine Wanting Only This
by Kristen Radtke

Kristen Radtke's graphic memoir Imagine Imagine Wanting Only This is one of the most moving and thoughtful comics I have read in years.


My Favorite Thing Is Monsters

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters
by Emil Ferris

Emil Ferris's My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the best graphic novel I have read in years.


Sorry to Disrupt the Peace

Sorry to Disrupt the Peace
by Patty Yumi Cottrell

Patty Yumi Cottrell's novel Sorry to Disrupt the Peace is a brilliant, darkly comic debut, and my favorite book of the year so far.


Sympathy

Sympathy
by Olivia Sudjic

Olivia Sudjic's debut Sympathy is a startlingly original novel about obsession and identity.


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