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Reading the stories in Her Body and Other Parties has been among the memorable literary pleasures of 2017. Carmen Maria Machado writes with fearless exploration, precision, and tenderness that would prompt envy if gratitude and admiration weren’t first to arrive on the scene. From the lovely, apocalyptic love story “Inventory” to the dizzying and original “Especially Heinous,” Machado’s work is curious, inventive, and thrilling. It’s feminist and pop culture, classic and weird; the stories are complex and the characters are haunting. What a debut! - Chorel

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ISBN: 9781555977887
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 3rd, 2017

This novel is a take on the family drama, with a certain something that only Los Angeles can bring. Drugs, cults, and crushing poverty all make appearances, but so do the human goodness and chance encounters that also pervade the City of Angels. Pochoda navigates these waters with grace and skill, leaving me feeling deeply connected to her characters even as I wondered how human connection is even possible. Is there anything more L.A. than that? - Jax

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ISBN: 9780062656353
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Published: Ecco Press - November 7th, 2017

My most-loved short story collections are those that offer hoards of enjoyment in small, fully contained pieces. Five-Carat Soul possesses this trait, as McBride shows excellent range across the collection. The voices he produces in each story are unique and satisfying. I particularly enjoyed the final tale, “Mr. P and the Wind,” told by animals and influenced by their communication with humans. - Louise

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ISBN: 9780735216693
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 26th, 2017

This novel is simply exquisite. I loved every quiet, joyous, heart-bursting, heart-breaking, contemplative moment of it. Deeply immersed in turn of the 20th century Catholic Brooklyn, McDermott unspools and weaves together the lives affected by one man’s life-ending decision, as his widowed wife, their infant daughter, and the Little Nursing Sisters of the Sick Poor come to understand the power of friendship and loyalty, and the nuances of faith and forgiveness. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9780374280147
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Published: Farrar Straus and Giroux - September 19th, 2017

It is hard to imagine Ng outdoing herself after the success of her first novel, Everything I Never Told You, but she’s up to the task with the exquisite Little Fires Everywhere. Each member of the Richardson family, living in the rigidly structured suburban Shakers Heights community, is inexplicitly drawn two new freewheeling residents, the artist Mia and her teenage daughter Pearl. Ng’s mastery is in her ability to develop characters in many layers and then, with perfect pace and nuance, remove each layer to reveal an emotionally resonant understanding around themes of family, identity, and community. This book is on the top of my best-of-the-year list. - Casey, Bookshop Santa Cruz Owner

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ISBN: 9780735224292
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Published: Penguin Press - September 12th, 2017

Tobias Wolff calls this the best thing ever written about the Vietnam War. An amalgam of autobiography, war reportage, and fiction, it tells the story of O’Brien himself and the other soldiers in his platoon in such a powerful way you can’t imagine anything else needing to be said on the subject. The perfect companion to the new Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary. - RIco

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ISBN: 9780618706419
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Published: Mariner Books - October 13th, 2009

My favorite novel by Faulkner, and the most accessible of his major works, Light in August is a flat-out masterpiece of style, structure and storytelling. Following the fates of many characters at once, all of them swirling around and toward each other, the sense of tragic menace is palpable. For my money, this is the quintessential Southern Gothic novel. - Rico

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ISBN: 9780679732266
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Published: Vintage - January 30th, 1991

This book broke my heart, put it back together, then repeated the process, in the best way possible. Homegoing follows two sisters and their descendants for 200 years, from Ghana to the United States, with some of the most powerful writing in the last few years. - Karena

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ISBN: 9781101971062
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

Captivating historical fiction about a priceless painting, the painter who created it, the man who inherited it, and the celebrated art historian who created a forgery of it.  Smith skillfully weaves a multi-layered story narrated by the painter Sara de Vos in 17th century Amsterdam, the owner Marty de Groot in 1957 New York, and the forger Ellie Shipley in 2000 Sydney Australia. - Trey

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ISBN: 9781250118325
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Published: Picador USA - April 4th, 2017

Based on a historical scandal, this book is about coming of age in the 1940's and includes a modern day mystery. Georgia Tann, director of the Tennessee Children's Home Society, is kidnapping and selling children to wealthy families all over the county. Riveting and at times wrenching, it's ultimately uplifting and reminds us that the heart doesn't forget. - Clytia

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ISBN: 9780425284681
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 6th, 2017

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