Here are the books Buzzfeed can’t wait to read in 2017. We bet many of them will also end up on patrons’ to-read lists!
UNIVERSAL HARVESTER by John Darnielle
In John Darnielle’s novel UNIVERSAL HARVESTER, creepy, disturbing home video footage begins showing up spliced in VHS cassettes at the local Video Hut in a small Iowa town in the late 1990s. But things get even more interesting when the video store’s owner recognizes the barn in the footage as a farmhouse in a nearby town.
AGE OF ANGER by Pankaj Mishra
Pankaj Mishra’s v examines the roots of paranoia, hateful nationalism, xenophobia, and racism and sexism expressed online as well as across the world today. Mishra makes surprising comparisons and connections in order to show a pattern to the rise of militants throughout history, one that helps shed light on our present global state of affairs.
THE ANSWERS by Catherine Lacey
In Catherine Lacey’s novel THE ANSWERS, Mary, a young woman in New York City seeks relief for her paralyzing pain in a treatment called Pneuma Adaptive Kinesthesia, which is effective but extremely expensive—and Mary is broke. Strapped for cash, she applies for a Craigslist job listing called the “Girlfriend Experiment” by an eccentric actor looking for the perfect relationship (which involves seeking out multiple women to fulfill different roles) and ends up hired as his “Emotional Girlfriend.”
ONE DAY WE’LL ALL BE DEAD AND NONE OF THIS WILL MATTER by Scaachi Koul
ONE DAY WE’LL ALL BE DEAD AND NONE OF THIS WILL MATTER is a collection of essays by Scaachi Koul about the anxieties and despairs of life, especially as reflected in Koul’s personal experiences as a woman of color and the daughter of Indian immigrants in Western culture. Fierce, sharp, and hilarious, ONE DAY WE’LL ALL BE DEAD AND NONE OF THIS WILL MATTER examines with honesty and irreverent wit the stereotypes, sexism, racial tensions, gender rules, and other absurdities that exist in our modern society.
EAT ONLY WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY by Lindsay Hunter
In Lindsay Hunter’s novel EAT ONLY WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY, the overweight 58-year-old Greg searches for his missing addict son, Greg Junior, renting an RV and driving from West Virginia to Florida, the last place he was seen. Along the way, Greg must reckon with his past mistakes and failings, not only as a parent but as a husband and a “user” of a different kind, realizing that his excessive eating and drinking may not be so different from his son’s addictions.