These Are Our Favorite Books Of 2017 — So Far

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We may be living in a Golden Age of television, where you can hang out on the couch and watch hours of award-winning series that are legitimately stimulating and not feel even the tiniest bit guilty about it. (Fact: We do that too. It’s our go-to Sunday afternoon plan.)

But in 2017, we’d like to suggest a new concept: Instead of binge watching, why not try binge reading? Sure, it sounds like more work than camping out in front of the ol’ boob tube. But your attention span — not to mention the more literary muscles of your mind — will thank you.

That’s why we’re issuing a challenge: Stop downloading Netflix series to your phone to watch when you’re bored…



The Origin of Others
By Toni Morrison
Out September 18

From legendary writer and thinker Toni Morrison comes a book that deals with one of the thorniest topics of our time: race. In this work of nonfiction, which draws on a legacy of Morrison’s lectures, she tackles big questions: What is race? What motivates us to construct otherness? What makes us so afraid of one another? Probing, brilliant, and beautifully rendered, The Origin of Others is destined to become one of the major sociological texts of our time.



Caroline: Little House, Revisited
By Sarah Miller
Out September 19

Little House On The Prairie fans, prepare to fall in love with your favorite characters all over again. This retelling of the classic series focuses on a pioneer woman seen in an entirely new light: Caroline Ingalls, a.k.a. “Ma” from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s iconic novels. The new story begins with the Ingalls family journey from the woods of Wisconsin to their new home in Kansas Indian Territory, and centers on Caroline’s struggle to care for her family — and for herself — on this adventure into the unknown.



What Happened
By Hillary Rodham Clinton
Out September 12

Hillary Clinton’s memoir of her campaign for the presidency might be a painful read for her supporters — or really anyone fatigued by talk about the 2016 election. But what you get from this book is something we have never fully heard before: a chance to understand how the woman at the center of it all tells her own story about the quest for the White House. Without a campaign to run, she has fewer reasons to hold back. What Happenedmight be our first chance to really see Clinton for who she is without a campaign platform to support.


Little Fires Everywhere
By Celeste Ng
Out September 12

In the tight knit Ohio community of Shaker Heights, everything is pre-planned and expertly executed, from the sidewalk grid to the successful lives its citizens lead. But when single mom and bohemian artist Mia Warren arrives in town with her daughter, Pearl, the duo winds up next door to the Richardson’s … including Elena Richardson, the matriarch, who is losing her grip on that veneer of perfection. Full of secrets, cultural tensions, and the mysteries of motherhood, Little Fires Everywhere is a riveting read and one of our favorite new works of fiction this fall.



Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman: How Gender Equality Can Save The World
By Catherine Mayer
Out September 5

What would a world where we achieved gender equality really look like? Journalist Catherine Mayer has some ideas, and she’s laid them out in this highly readable roadmap for the future. Digging into the structures that hold women back and laying bare the process for dismantling them to create a more equal tomorrow, Mayer has penned a how-to for the women’s movement in 2017.



The Girl In The Show
By Anna Fields
Out August 8

Whoever says that women aren’t funny should be bonked over the head (repeatedly) with this book. From Lucille Ball to Abbi Jacobson, Amy Poehler, Lizz Winstead and beyond, Fields has dug deep into the history of female comedy legends new and old and come back with a riotously funny and ravishingly researched compendium of the gals who make us laugh and the contributions they’ve made to the entertainment canon.




Sour Heart
By Jenny Zhang
Out August 1

Both a debut author and the debut novel from Lena Dunham’s imprint, Lenny, Sour Grapes is a collection of incredible stories about the immigrant experience in America. From the fast moving halls of a public school in Queens to scamming Atlantic Casino busses, the tales in this book traverse different slices of life, across decades and countries, with new perspective; lovers of Miranda July, Helen Oyeyemi, and Zadie Smith will find themselves in good company with Sour Heart.





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