The Best Books Atlantic Staffers Read in - The AtlanticThe Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Once you leave school and all mandatory English classes with well-informed syllabi, though, the sheer amount of books out there is overwhelming. Sometimes instead of picking the wrong one to devote our time to, we pick none. Below are the 10 books Amazon's book editors think are the best to come out so far this calendar year; many of them have been featured in op-eds and other critical areas of pop culture.
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O ne of the joys of the novel is its endless capacity for reinvention, and saw fiction writers trying out fresh approaches and new forms. And in June we said goodbye to the prodigiously talented Helen Dunmore , who died shortly after the publication of her haunting last novel, Birdcage Walk Windmill , set in an 18th-century Bristol where revolution is in the air. Two slim, terrifying volumes lingered in the mind: Fever Dream by Argentinian writer Samanta Schweblin, translated by Megan McDowell Oneworld , was a gloriously creepy fable taking in bodyswapping, maternal dread and the dangers of GM crops. Both are quickly read, never forgotten. And Other Stories Influx , cornered the market in cerebral playfulness. Finally, two novels that make fitting reading for the season.
The extraordinary friendship of an elderly songwriter and the precocious child of his single-parent neighbor is at the heart of this novel that darts back and forth through the decades, from the s to the era of Brexit. A deceptively simple conceit turns a timely novel about a couple fleeing a civil war into a profound meditation on the psychology of exile. Magic doors separate the known calamities of the old world from the unknown perils of the new, as the migrants learn how to adjust to an improvisatory existence. Hamid has written a novel that fuses the real with the surreal — perhaps the most faithful way to convey the tremulous political fault lines of our interconnected planet. And there is nothing small about their existences.
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From brilliant newcomers to established novelists and memoirists, these are the books you can't miss this year. Keep checking back for updates. When Leonie, an inattentive, drug-addicted mother of two biracial children learns her white ex is about to be released from prison, she packs her defiant, preternaturally brilliant teen son, Jojo, and perceptive toddler Kayla into the car to pick him up, leaving her loving parents, steely Pop and cancer-ridden Mam, behind. The journey is an unbroken wave of trial and disaster trailed by the restless, hitchhiking ghosts of Leonie's late brother and a child prisoner seeking salvation. This intimate saga explores the torment and small joys of life as a Korean immigrant in 20th-century Japan, zeroing in on a tight-knit, fiercely loving family caught in the midst of a nation's upheaval and the crushing force of modernity. Lee's straightforward prose details the chaotic world of good but flawed people faced with agonizing decisions, yielding a poignant tale of survival and pride that's nearly impossible to put down.
Whether you prefer your reading sexy and satirical, political and polarizing, or simply amusing, the year's best releases are guaranteed to hit the spot by providing some much-needed escapism, while challenging the status quo and sparking timely conversation. The best books of have guided us through this messy year with the opportunity to see the world beyond our close confines, allow us to learn more deeply about the human experience, or simply offer valuable entertainment. We live in exhausting times—why not escape for a bit with a book? In her previous acclaimed biography of Putin, Man Without a Face , she targeted the leader of the totalitarian regime. Now she shifts perspective and focuses on the lives of seven characters affected by political crackdown of Gessen, herself, was forced to move to America during this time. Shortly afterward, she received a phone call from a man claiming to be Putin requesting an in-person meeting at the Kremlin.