Check out the books we loved in 2017!
Given the depressing times we live in, it is nice to read a memoir by someone who survived some very depressing times...and can still laugh. This book conveys some of the horrors, the complexity, and the ridiculousness of apartheid. But, it is, above all, Trevor Noah's tribute to his amazing mother. You end up with a smile on your face, despite it all.
Kate S.'s Pick
Gloria Naylor is a wizard at composing a nearly perfect novel. Reading Mama Day felt like planting a seed and watching it grow into a striking, exotic flower.
Hidden Figures is a wonderful book! It tells of the important and largely unacknowledged work of the women working on improving airplanes and then on space flight. Fascinating women! Very interesting look at the times.
A stunning book of poetry by the author of Milk and Honey. Rupi Kaur has an amazing ability to leave you breathless with just a few words. A beautiful and very worthwhile collection.
As unbelievable as it is disturbing, this real life “who-done-it” will keep you enthralled from beginning to end. An entire community terrorized by the people they trusted most. With good old-fashioned detective work, the newly formed FBI finally brings some semblance of justice to the Osage people. Any history buff will thoroughly enjoy this read.
Kate R.'s Pick
I loved this book! It is beautifully written with such great characters. The main character is Ada, a strong, stubborn 11 year-old whose past includes neglect and suffering. The book tells of her journey learning to accept the kindness and love of her found family. The author is very talented at conveying complicated emotions. This book is fantastic for all ages – 8 to adult. It’s the sequel to the Newbery book The War that Saved My Life but stands alone! Fantastic.
An intelligent, elegant page-turner laced with a central mystery throughout – what happened between the narrator and her once-friend L.? French author de Vigan masterfully balances insights on writing, reading, and identity with a truly thrilling plot. I loved every line and would venture to call this a perfect novel.
A purely pleasurable page-turner for bibliophiles with a fantasy bent!
This book is a miraculous blend of character and hauntingly strange adventure. Despite all his flaws and the almost surreal journey he embarks upon, you can't stop rooting for Jakub Procha. Tragic, funny, and unforgettable!