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Sorry, but These 2017 Books Would Make Killer Movies

Books turn into movies, people then buy the books, people compare the two, and, inevitably, people choose the book over the movie. It’s the way things work. It’s great for everybody. I know it’s frustrating for some, but great books almost always get adapted. It’s the way it’s always been. Seriously, if you’re a fan of silent movies, you’ll know most of those are based on books.

 

Anyway, 2017 provided a bunch of great stories for television and movie producers to eyeball. Here are some of our essential 2017 reads that could be spun into killer adaptations, complete with publishers’ descriptions.

 

1. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

 

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In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. . . .

 

Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.

 

2. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

 

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Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. He doesn’t lack in fathers to study, chief among them his Black grandfather, Pop. But there are other men who complicate his understanding: his absent White father, Michael, who is being released from prison; his absent White grandfather, Big Joseph, who won’t acknowledge his existence; and the memories of his dead uncle, Given, who died as a teenager.

 

His mother, Leonie, is an inconsistent presence in his and his toddler sister’s lives. She is an imperfect mother in constant conflict with herself and those around her. She is Black and her children’s father is White. She wants to be a better mother but can’t put her children above her own needs, especially her drug use. Simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she’s high, Leonie is embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances.

 

When the children’s father is released from prison, Leonie packs her kids and a friend into her car and drives north to the heart of Mississippi and Parchman Farm, the State Penitentiary. At Parchman, there is another thirteen-year-old boy, the ghost of a dead inmate who carries all of the ugly history of the South with him in his wandering. He too has something to teach Jojo about fathers and sons, about legacies, about violence, about love.

 

3. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

 

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Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. She is mesmerized by the sea beyond the house and by some charged mystery between the two men.

 

Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that once belonged to men, now soldiers abroad. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. One evening at a nightclub, she meets Dexter Styles again, and begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life, the reasons he might have vanished.

 

With the atmosphere of a noir thriller, Egan’s first historical novel follows Anna and Styles into a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men. Manhattan Beach is a deft, dazzling, propulsive exploration of a transformative moment in the lives and identities of women and men, of America and the world. It is a magnificent novel by the author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, one of the great writers of our time.

 

4. The Idiot by Elif Batuman

 

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The year is 1995, and email is new. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. She signs up for classes in subjects she has never heard of, befriends her charismatic and worldly Serbian classmate, Svetlana, and, almost by accident, begins corresponding with Ivan, an older mathematics student from Hungary. Selin may have barely spoken to Ivan, but with each email they exchange, the act of writing seems to take on new and increasingly mysterious meanings.

 

At the end of the school year, Ivan goes to Budapest for the summer, and Selin heads to the Hungarian countryside, to teach English in a program run by one of Ivan’s friends. On the way, she spends two weeks visiting Paris with Svetlana. Selin’s summer in Europe does not resonate with anything she has previously heard about the typical experiences of American college students, or indeed of any other kinds of people. For Selin, this is a journey further inside herself: a coming to grips with the ineffable and exhilarating confusion of first love, and with the growing consciousness that she is doomed to become a writer.

 

With superlative emotional and intellectual sensitivity, mordant wit, and pitch-perfect style, Batuman dramatizes the uncertainty of life on the cusp of adulthood. Her prose is a rare and inimitable combination of tenderness and wisdom; its logic as natural and inscrutable as that of memory itself. The Idiot is a heroic yet self-effacing reckoning with the terror and joy of becoming a person in a world that is as intoxicating as it is disquieting. Batuman’s fiction is unguarded against both life’s affronts and its beauty–and has at its command the complete range of thinking and feeling which they entail.

 

5. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

 

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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on an intimate journey of many years across the Indian subcontinent—from the cramped neighborhoods of Old Delhi and the roads of the new city to the mountains and valleys of Kashmir and beyond, where war is peace and peace is war.

 

It is an aching love story and a decisive remonstration, a story told in a whisper, in a shout, through unsentimental tears and sometimes with a bitter laugh. Each of its characters is indelibly, tenderly rendered. Its heroes are people who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued, patched together by acts of love—and by hope.

 

The tale begins with Anjum—who used to be Aftab—unrolling a threadbare Persian carpet in a city graveyard she calls home. We encounter the odd, unforgettable Tilo and the men who loved her—including Musa, sweetheart and ex-sweetheart, lover and ex-lover; their fates are as entwined as their arms used to be and always will be. We meet Tilo’s landlord, a former suitor, now an intelligence officer posted to Kabul. And then we meet the two Miss Jebeens: the first a child born in Srinagar and buried in its overcrowded Martyrs’ Graveyard; the second found at midnight, abandoned on a concrete sidewalk in the heart of New Delhi.

 

6. Made for Love by Alissa Nutting

 

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Hazel has just moved into a trailer park of senior citizens, with her father and Diane—his extremely lifelike sex doll—as her roommates. Life with Hazel’s father is strained at best, but her only alternative seems even bleaker. She’s just run out on her marriage to Byron Gogol, CEO and founder of Gogol Industries, a monolithic corporation hell-bent on making its products and technologies indispensable in daily life. For over a decade, Hazel put up with being veritably quarantined by Byron in the family compound, her every movement and vital sign tracked. But when he demands to wirelessly connect the two of them via brain chips in a first-ever human “mind-meld,” Hazel decides what was once merely irritating has become unbearable. The world she escapes into is a far cry from the dry and clinical bubble she’s been living in, a world populated with a whole host of deviant oddballs.

 

7. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

 

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The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

 

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

 

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries–including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

 

In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.

 

Welcome to Weep.

 

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Grab Your Popcorn and Enjoy Bookstr’s Best Videos of 2017!

2017 was a pretty solid year for Bookstr, at least in terms of video production. We’ve put out dozens of very charming, very relatable videos for your viewing pleasure. It’s easy for some of them to get lost in the mix on your ever busy newsfeed. There’s no better time for a video retrospective than right now. So shall we? Let’s take a look at the very best Bookstr video content of 2017.

1. Game of Thrones Uber Ratings

 

 

2. When you get your friend a book

 

 

3. The Endless Search…

 

 

4. That New Book Smell…

 

 

5. When you haven’t read the book.

 

 

6. Iz harri potter real?

 

 

7. BookstrTalks: Deepak Chopra

 

 

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Best Books of 2017 That Might Have Slipped Under Your Radar

It’s that time of year: the time when sites, including Bookstr, do retrospectives. There are many months in the year, twelve of them, in fact. In those twelve months, many, many books are released. Considering it takes someone like me two weeks to finish just one book, a lot of the new books that hit shelves fly right by me or end up collecting dust on my bookshelf.

 

That’s a sad state of affairs. What needs to be done is someone needs to collect all the books that came out in 2017 that you maybe didn’t hear about, but you should have. This is gift-giving season, after all, so maybe you should throw a few of them in some gift wrap and hand them out to your loved ones. It’s up to you. All I can do is provide you with the resources to do so. Here are some of the best books of 2017 you might not have heard about, along with publishers’ descriptions.

 

1. Made For Love by Alissa Nutting

 

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Hazel has just moved into a trailer park of senior citizens, with her father and Diane—his extremely lifelike sex doll—as her roommates. Life with Hazel’s father is strained at best, but her only alternative seems even bleaker. She’s just run out on her marriage to Byron Gogol, CEO and founder of Gogol Industries, a monolithic corporation hell-bent on making its products and technologies indispensable in daily life. For over a decade, Hazel put up with being veritably quarantined by Byron in the family compound, her every movement and vital sign tracked. But when he demands to wirelessly connect the two of them via brain chips in a first-ever human “mind-meld,” Hazel decides what was once merely irritating has become unbearable. The world she escapes into is a far cry from the dry and clinical bubble she’s been living in, a world populated with a whole host of deviant oddballs.

 

As Hazel tries to carve out a new life for herself in this uncharted territory, Byron is using the most sophisticated tools at his disposal to find her and bring her home. His threats become more and more sinister, and Hazel is forced to take drastic measures in order to find a home of her own and free herself from Byron’s virtual clutches once and for all. Perceptive and compulsively readable, Made for Love is at once an absurd, raunchy comedy and a dazzling, profound meditation marriage, monogamy, and family.

 

2. The World to Come by Jim Shepard

 

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In The World to Come, Jim Shepard (“Without a doubt the most ambitious story writer in America” —The Daily Beast) traverses both borders and centuries. Seamlessly inhabiting a multitude of disparate men and women, he gives voice to visionaries, pioneers, and secret misfits, from nineteenth-century explorers departing on one of the Arctic’s most nightmarish expeditions to twentieth-century American military wives maintaining hope at home. Shepard’s characters confront everything from the emotional pitfalls of everyday life to colossal catastrophes, battling natural forces, the hazards of new technology, and their own implacable shortcomings. Bursting with wicked humor and driven by an incomparable understanding of what it means to be human, The World to Come is the work of a true virtuoso.

 

3. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

 

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In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. While her work has earned her comparisons to Karen Russell and Kelly Link, she has a voice that is all her own. In this electric and provocative debut, Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.

 

A wife refuses her husband’s entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck. A woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague slowly consumes humanity. A salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the store’s prom dresses. One woman’s surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted houseguest. And in the bravura novella “Especially Heinous,” Machado reimagines every episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a show we naively assumed had shown it all, generating a phantasmagoric police procedural full of doppelgängers, ghosts, and girls-with-bells-for-eyes.

 

Earthy and otherworldly, antic and sexy, queer and caustic, comic and deadly serious, Her Body and Other Parties swings from horrific violence to the most exquisite sentiment. In their explosive originality, these stories enlarge the possibilities of contemporary fiction.

 

4. The Changeling by Victor LaValle

 

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When Apollo Kagwa’s father disappeared, all he left his son were strange recurring dreams and a box of books stamped with the word IMPROBABILIA. Now Apollo is a father himself—and as he and his wife, Emma, are settling into their new lives as parents, exhaustion and anxiety start to take their toll. Apollo’s old dreams return and Emma begins acting odd. Irritable and disconnected from their new baby boy, at first Emma seems to be exhibiting signs of postpartum depression, but it quickly becomes clear that her troubles go even deeper. Before Apollo can do anything to help, Emma commits a horrific act—beyond any parent’s comprehension—and vanishes, seemingly into thin air.

 

Thus begins Apollo’s odyssey through a world he only thought he understood, to find a wife and child who are nothing like he’d imagined. His quest, which begins when he meets a mysterious stranger who claims to have information about Emma’s whereabouts, takes him to a forgotten island, a graveyard full of secrets, a forest where immigrant legends still live, and finally back to a place he thought he had lost forever.

 

This captivating retelling of a classic fairy tale imaginatively explores parental obsession, spousal love, and the secrets that make strangers out of the people we love the most. It’s a thrilling and emotionally devastating journey through the gruesome legacies that threaten to devour us and the homely, messy magic that saves us, if we’re lucky.

 

5. The Answers by Catherine Lacey

 

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Mary Parsons is broke. Dead broke, really: between an onslaught of medical bills and a mountain of credit card debt, she has been pushed to the brink. Hounded by bill collectors and still plagued by the painful and bizarre symptoms that doctors couldn’t diagnose, Mary seeks relief from a holistic treatment called Pneuma Adaptive Kinesthesia—PAKing, for short. Miraculously, it works. But PAKing is prohibitively expensive. Like so many young adults trying to make ends meet in New York City, Mary scours Craigslist and bulletin boards for a second job, and eventually lands an interview for a high-paying gig that’s even stranger than her symptoms or the New Agey PAKing.

 

Mary’s new job title is Emotional Girlfriend in the “Girlfriend Experiment”—the brainchild of a wealthy and infamous actor, Kurt Sky, who has hired a team of biotech researchers to solve the problem of how to build and maintain the perfect romantic relationship, cast – ing himself as the experiment’s only constant. Around Kurt, several women orbit as his girlfriends with spe – cific functions. There’s a Maternal Girlfriend who folds his laundry, an Anger Girlfriend who fights with him, a Mundanity Girlfriend who just hangs around his loft, and a whole team of girlfriends to take care of Intimacy. With so little to lose, Mary falls headfirst into Kurt’s messy, ego-driven simulacrum of human connection.

 

Told in Catherine Lacey’s signature spiraling, hypnotic prose, The Answers is both a mesmerizing dive into the depths of one woman’s psyche and a critical look at the conventions and institutions that infiltrate our most personal, private moments. As Mary struggles to understand herself—her body, her city, the trials of her past, the uncertainty of her future—the reader must confront the impossible questions that fuel Catherine Lacey’s work: How do you measure love? Can you truly know someone else? Do we even know ourselves? And listen for Lacey’s uncanny answers.

 

6. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

 

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The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

 

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

 

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries–including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

 

In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.

 

Welcome to Weep.

 

7. Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years by David Litt

 

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More than any other presidency, Barack Obama’s eight years in the White House were defined by young people – twenty-somethings who didn’t have much experience in politics (or anything else, for that matter), yet suddenly found themselves in the most high-stakes office building on earth. David Litt was one of those twenty-somethings. After graduating from college in 2008, he went straight to the Obama campaign. In 2011, he became one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history. Until leaving the White House in 2016, he wrote on topics from healthcare to climate change to criminal justice reform. As President Obama’s go-to comedy writer, he also took the lead on the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the so-called “State of the Union of jokes.”

 

Now, in this refreshingly honest memoir, Litt brings us inside Obamaworld. With a humorists’ eye for detail, he describes what it’s like to accidentally trigger an international incident or nearly set a president’s hair aflame. He answers questions you never knew you had: Which White House men’s room is the classiest? What do you do when the commander in chief gets your name wrong? Where should you never, under any circumstances, change clothes on Air Force One? With nearly a decade of stories to tell, Litt makes clear that politics is completely, hopelessly absurd.   

 

But it’s also important. For all the moments of chaos, frustration, and yes, disillusionment, Litt remains a believer in the words that first drew him to the Obama campaign: “People who love this country can change it.” In telling his own story, Litt sheds fresh light on his former boss’s legacy. And he argues that, despite the current political climate, the politics championed by Barack Obama will outlive the presidency of Donald Trump.

 

Full of hilarious stories and told in a truly original voice, Thanks, Obama is an exciting debut about what it means – personally, professionally, and politically – to grow up.

 

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12 Stunning Book Covers That Caught Our Eye in 2017

With the endless supply of books out there, it can often be hard to make a decision as to which lucky books we will pick up and read. As readers, we have devised various methods for making that hard decision, from the author to the plot to the genre. More often than not, however, we definitely decide by judging the book by its cover. 
 

Though we know we shouldn’t, as our subjective opinions may result in missing out on moving stories, we can’t deny the temptation of beautiful book covers. Here are twelve stunning book covers from works published in 2017 that gives us nearly enough reason to buy the book.

 

 

1. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

 

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There is something absolutely striking about the bold brushed font and overwhelming spiral displayed on the book cover! It’s chaotic yet contained in a way that commands your attention and pulls you in. 

 

2. Exit West: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid

 

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The way the font carries off the edges of this cover is eerie and in a way uncomfortable, and yet, the cover itself is captivating because of the color scheme. The calming purple mixed with the warm blues gives readers a galactic vibe, inviting them into the story.

 

 

3. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

 

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This book cover looks like a landscape painting right off the walls of the Metro Museum. It’s beautiful in a simplistic yet deeply layered way, bringing a contrasting vibe of familiarity and the unknown. For readers like me who enjoy subtle suspense and discomfort (in a way that keeps you invested in the story), this cover is everything.

 

4. Manhattan Beach: A Novel by Jennifer Egan

 

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This book cover is reminiscent of the Californian coast, a vibe of warmth and fun, yet maintains a sense of originality through the use of this domineering black outline. It makes me feel like I am an observer spying on an event or group of individuals closely (again, as a reader who is into suspense thrillers, I’m drawn to the story). 

 

5. Anything is Possible: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout

 

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At first glance, this book cover seems a little simplistic. However, the peculiar double-imaging adds in a layer of drama and complexity that initially makes me wonder what the story is about. The color scheme is also lovely!

 

6. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

 

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Though it took me awhile to judge whether or not I liked this book cover, I came to the conclusion that it is absolutely brilliant! It’s odd in that I can’t compare it to any other book covers I’ve seen before, yet it’s originality is what is so fascinating. The tiny details and somewhat unrecognizable objects immediately captured my attention and, if I saw it in a bookstore, would be enough to make me pick up the book.

 

7. What We Lose: A Novel by Zinzi Clemmons

 

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Clemens book cover is absolutely stunning and feels like something you might see in an art museum. The warm color scheme, delicate flowers, and somewhat undistinguished facial features are fascinating.

 

8. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

 

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Like a page out of a graphic novel, this book cover tells a story on its own. The juxtaposition of an intimate living space with the vast landscape in the background is powerful in an unforeseen way. The color scheme is haunting and warm in a peculiar way that works.

 

9. A Separation by Katie Kitamura

 

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If it isn’t already clear, I’m fascinated by how artists can represent such power, depth, and story through simple designs. This book cover manages to use simple brushstrokes and a small color palette, yet raises goosebumps on my arms when I look at it. Simply stunning.

 

10. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

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What I find stunning about this book cover is how uncomfortable it makes me. The font is bizarre it it’s active movement, The background image is huge and interacts with the font in a peculiar way, and the details in the water are distracting and hard to decipher at first glance. And yet, everything about it works (in my opinion). It’s odd, overwhelming, and it seems like that’s the point. 

 

11. Artemis by Andy Weir

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Though this front cover is pretty simplistic and not entirely unique, the font itself is enough to place it on this list. The plain yet interwoven lines are incredibly unique and grab my attention immediately. Though the lack of vibrant colors would potentially lose a readers’ eye, the iconic contrast of black and white manages to work. 

 

 

Bonus: Not From 2017 But Still Stunning

 

12. Euphoria by Lily King

 

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I discovered this book a few years ago while browsing in Barnes and Nobles. Out of the hundreds of books displayed in the store, this book immediately grabbed my attention for it’s artistic cover. The colorful design offers an array of different vibes, creating a very real aura of mystery behind the story itself. In addition, if you’ve ever actually held the book in person then you would discover that the texture of the book is incredibly unique. It has a leathery feel, departing from the plain-ole paper feel. From the look to the feeling, you won’t be able to put it down!

 

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5 Books by Latinx Authors You Have to Check Out In 2017

When many of us take a look at our bookshelves, we might not see diversity in terms of the authors that write our favorite novels. There are so many great books coming out this year from diverse writers.

 

Here are just a few 2017 books from remarkable authors such as Carmen Maria Machado to Jenny Torres Sanchez.

 

1. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

 

The cover of Her Body and Other Stories, which shows some pink fabric being wrapped up by a snake.

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This debut collection includes a wild novella that reinvents Law & Order: SVU as a tale featuring ghosts and other fantastic creatures. From Graywolf Press, Machado’s first release has been long awaited, and readers should be eager to experience her humorous yet serious take on sci-fi and fables.

 

2. A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho

 

The cover of A Good Idea, which features an empty bathtub in a dead forest.

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Old friends Finley and and Betty plan to room together at NYU when Betty suddenly goes missing. Her boyfriend confesses, but the confession is thrown out. Set on discovering the truth behind her friend’s disappearance, Finley is on the case. The problem is the disappearance is much worse than anybody initially imagined. 

 

3. The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

 

The Cover of Margot Sanchez, which features a black and white sketch of a young girl.

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After being forced to work in her family supermarket because she used her dad’s credit card, Margot Sanchez must climb her way back up the high school social strata. Plus, there’s that amazing beach party she absolutely, 100% must attend, and nothing will stop her.

 

4. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

 

The cover of They Both Die at the End, which features two silhouettes walking on a boardwalk. The backdrop is a twilit NYC skyline.

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When two strangers, Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio, are alerted that they’re going to die that day, they both come up with the same idea. They have to make a new friend. Good thing there’s an app for that. When Mateo and Rufus meet, they must fit as many experiences as they can in the little time they have left. Let’s just hope the title is misleading.

 

5. Because of the Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez

 

The cover of Because of the Sun, which features several silhouettes standing near a water tower, all in a purple and gold color palette.

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Dani never felt quite at home at home. Her mother was apparently cold-hearted, and her sudden death didn’t help matters. After her mother’s passing, Dani must live with her previously unknown aunt in New Mexico. Once her relationship with her aunt thaws, Dani learns more about her mother’s story. For better or worse, she has to face the truth.

 

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