These are the books I read in 2017:

Anything is Possible 
by Elizabeth Strout
2017/255 pages
rating – 9.25 / contemporary fiction

An incredible story of the stories behind My Name is Lucy Barton  –  what all went on in that hometown of hers – to the people Lucy and her mother gossip about? –  interwoven stories, each standalone in a way but far more meaningful if you get the gist of their placement.

Lunch with Buddha
by Roland Merullo
2012 /  392 pages
read by Sean Runnette – 10h 21m
rating –  8 (for enjoyment) /  contemp fiction

Second in a trilogy –  Breakfast With Buddha is first,  Dinner with Buddha is third.   For readers with an interest in Buddhism.

Dinner With Buddha 
by Roland Merullo
2013 / 
read by Sean Runnette
rating 6.5 
Third in the trilogy –  a kind of let down.   Contrived.


Strangers in their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
by Arlie Russell Hochschild
2016 / 368 pages
read by Suzanne Toren 11h 17m
rating – 8.5  /  contemp sociology-politics 


by Ottessa Moshfegh
2016 / 272 pages
read by Aylssa Bresnahan – 8h 46m
rating – 9  /A-   –   literary suspense 

Two readings for this one –  it’s 1st person from a really yukkie person but the second reading I got past that and focused more on the literary value and the actual narrator – telling the story from a vantage point of 50 years after the facts.
The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down
by Haemin Sunim 

Simple and rather boring. Buddhist material for young adults I think.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s
by Truman Capote
rating 9

Interesting to read the book –  the ending is different.