For those who want to step away from the drama of the real world in 2017, there’s no better place to seek shelter than between the pages of a good book. Fortunately, 2017 promises to have some great yarns as well as some interesting non-fiction books worth reading. So stoke the flames of your gas log fireplace, and get out your favorite bookmark for these upcoming best books of 2017:
Han Kang’s Human Acts has already cemented itself as one of the biggest successes of 2017, and it’s only been out a few weeks.
The novel is set during the 1980 Korean Gwangju Uprising. During a demonstration against the South Korean government, students at the Jeonnam University in Gwangju, S. Koreans were fired upon, beaten and killed by government troops. In retaliation, the citizens of Gwangju took up arms. Kang’s novel follows fictional characters during this period as they deal with the heartbreak of loss, traumatic memories and clashes between fellow citizens.
If you’re looking for a short and powerful book, read the new translation of the Argentinian novella Glaxo. While it’s only 100 pages long, it covers 40 years of history and spans four different narrators with unique voices. The novella is set in Argentina, where interest in a decades-old murder resurfaces after political crimes and a missing wife stir up new information. Glaxo keeps you turning pages with its suspense, tension and vividly portrayed characters.
Phillip Lopate sat down with his mother in 1984 and interviewed her about her life. Now, following her death, Lopate has given those tapes a re-listen and fashioned them into an incredible biography. His mother was, at various times in her life, a factory worker during WWII, a candy store owner, an actress, singer, clerk and community advocate, but she was always resilient and a hard-working provider for her family.
Huck Out West follows through with the scenario imagined at the end of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, where Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn decide to voyage out west on the eve of the American Civil War. Coover’s novel depicts the two interacting with the Pony Express, riding shotgun on stagecoaches, joining bandits, guiding wagon trains and having new adventures.
Those curious about what life is like within the North Korean’s oppressive dictatorship can find out in this tell-all from a government employed author writing under a pseudonym. The work of fiction accurately and candidly depicts the lives of various N. Korean families as they grapple with an imposing government that restricts their rights and closes them off to the outside world.
Ommar El Akkad’s dystopian novel imagines a Second American Civil War taking place in the year 2074. A young girl from Louisiana, Sarah Chestnut, is approached by a government official who wants to make her into a weapon for their side.
Some of these books are already out, and the rest will be out by summer, giving you many months to curl up next to your gas fireplace at night with an engrossing book in hand. If you want to make your living room even more inviting, you can look for a new gas log fireplace or some gas log fireplace accessories from Emberside.