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2017 Books I Still Want to Read

Sometimes, too many good books come out at once and I don’t have a chance to read them as quickly as I would like. Here’s my list of books published in 2017 which I had every intention of reading, but sadly, for one reason or another, never got around to opening. Never fear! I’ve added them to the top of my “To Be Read” pile and have the highest of hopes for knocking them out in 2018. Click on the title for more information or to put the book on hold since each one can be found at a library in our system. Happy Reading!

10. The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

A collection of stories, written over a twenty-year period, examines the Vietnamese experience in America as well as questions of home, family, and identity.

9. The Leavers by Lisa Ko

One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home.

8. The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II by Svetlana Alexievich

Bringing together dozens of voices in her distinctive style, War’s Unwomanly Face is Svetlana Alexievich’s collection of stories of women’s experiences in World War II, both on the front lines, on the home front, and in occupied territories.

7. South and West by Joan Didion

Two excerpts from never-before-seen notebooks offer insights into the author’s literary mind and process and includes notes on her Sacramento upbringing, her life in the Gulf states, her views on prominent locals and her experiences during a formative “Rolling Stone” assignment.

6. The Answers by Catherine Lacey

An urgent, propulsive novel about a woman learning to negotiate her ailment and its various after effects via the simulacrum of a perfect romantic relationship.

5. The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies by Jason Fagon

Fagone unveils America’s codebreaking history through the prism of one remarkable woman’s life, bringing into focus the events and personalities that shaped the modern intelligence community.

4. Human Acts by Han Kang

When a young boy named Dong-ho is shockingly killed in the midst of a violent student uprising in South Korea, the victims and the bereaved encounter suppression, denial, and the echoing agony of the massacre.

3. What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and The Food That Tells Their Stories by Laura Shapiro

A beloved culinary historian’s short takes on six famous women through the lens of food and cooking–what they ate and how their attitudes toward food offer surprising new insights into their lives

2. Sympathy by Olivia Sudjic

At twenty-three, Alice Hare leaves England for New York. She becomes fixated on Mizuko Himura, a Japanese writer living in New York. What seems to Mizuko like a chance encounter with Alice is anything but–after all, in the age of connectivity, nothing is coincidence.

1. House of Names by Colm Tóibín

A retelling of the Greek myth of Agamemnon, Clytemnestra and their children — a spectacularly audacious, violent and riveting story of family and vengeance.

All descriptions are from the LCLS catalog.

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