Best of 2017

These are the best books of 2017 to date –  April 30

***  General Fiction:
The Refugees
by Viet Thanh Nguyen
2017/ 224 pages
read by Viet Thanh Nguyen  5h 5m
rating:   9.2  /  stories

The Kitchens of the Great Midwest
by J. Ryan Stradal
2016 /  320 pages
read by Amy Ryan and Michael Stuhlbarg  10h 7m
rating –  9 (* for enjoyment alone) general lit / humor
(both read and listened)

Moonstone:  The Boy Who Never Was
by Sjön  (Iceland)
2016 / 160 pages
read by Vikas Adam 2h 6m
Rating:  8.7  / historical fiction

Lincoln in the Bardo
by George Saunders
2017 / 367 pages
read by a whole cast 7h 25m
rating /  9.25  –  contemp historical fiction

The Vegetarian 
by Han Kang
2007 in South Korea/ 2015 in English – 208 pages
read by Janet Song, Stephen Park  5h 14m
rating – 9  /  contemp fiction

Exit West
by Mohsin Hamid
2016 / 340 pages
read by Mohsin Hamid 4h 42m
rating 9  / contemp lit
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*** CLASSICS

The Beginning of Spring
by Penelope Fitzgerald
1998/ 272 pages
Rating: 9.4 / historical fiction

The Growth of the Soil
by Knut Hamsun
1917 / 366 pages (Kindle)
Read by Greg W. at LibriVox
Rating:  10 / classic (Norwegian)
(read and listened)

Clotel: or, The President’s Daughter
by William Wells Brown
1853 / 320 pages
read by J.D. Jackson 8h 43m
rating:  10 – / classic with great historical value
(both read and listened)

Call It Sleep
by Henry Roth
1934 – 446 pages
read by George Guidell  17h 28m
rating – 10 / classic 20th century
(read and listened)

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*** CRIME

The Neon Lawyer
by Victor Methos
2014 / 178 pages
read by Nick Podehl 4h 28m
rating:  A++  /  crime – legal
*******  

A Naked Singularity
by Sergio de la Pava
2010 / 688 pages
read by Luis Moreno 27h 19m
rating:  9.5  /B+  literary legal thriller
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*** SCI-FI / FANTASY

New York 2140
by Kim Stanley Robinson
2017 / 613 pages
read by Suzanne Toren plus cast
Rating: 8 ~ A+ / literary sci-fi – economics
(stand-alone)
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*** NONFICTION:

Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power 
by Noam Chomsky
2017 /  192 pages
read by Donald Corran  — 3h 50m
rating –  10 /  political/economics

When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi
2015 / 256 pages
read by  Sunil Malhotra, Cassandra Campbell / 5h 35m
rating:  10 / memoir

The Hidden Life of Trees:  What They Feel, How They Communicate — Discoveries from a Secret World
by Peter Wohllenben
read by Mike Grady  7h 33m
2016 /  288 pages
Rating:   8.75
(read 1x, and listened 2x)

American Genocide:  The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873
by Benjamin Madley
2016 / 712 pages
read by Fajir Al-Kaisi  15h 43m
rating  10 /  history (Native American)
(read and listened)

Citizen: An American Lyric 
by Claudia Rankine
2014 / 160 pages
read by Allyson Johnson 1h 37m
rating 9.7 –  very literary essays  –
(read and listened)