The year of 2017 was one roller coaster ride for the book publishing industry. Some of the best books of 2017 were the masterpieces from writers who keep a low profile. Their writing is powerful and the books and the stories are so close to real life.
Many of the best selling titles of 2017 were motivational and self help books which continue to guide people even after years of circulation.
Many of these titles are available on online bookstore.
Year 2017 also saw many titles from Indie Authors getting worldwide recognition. So if you are an independent writer with a manuscript, you can sell book online easily.
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The author won the National Book Award for this novel which combines black history with supernatural. Ward tells the story of a teenager named Jojo, his drug addled mother Leonie, his sister Kayla and his beloved grandparents Pop and Mam. This story also has ghost character named Ritchie who died at the Parchment, a concentration camp for blacks 60 years ago. Jojo is increasingly becoming aware of the fragile nature of his life and the long history of injustice that African Americans have endured and are enduring.
Lincoln In The Bardo by George Saunders
George Saunders is a well known short story writer. This first full novel of his won the Man Booker Award.
The novel is set in the time frame of the American Civil War, when Abraham Lincoln was the President. The actual setting is the cemetary where Lincoln’s 11 year old son Willie died of typhoid in 1862. The author here talks about an intermediary state of consciousness between life and death called “Bardo”. This is a Tibetan concept of a netherworld between the two realities of life. The novel describes the grief of a father, caught between a personal tragedy and national issues.
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
This book was a finalist for the National Book Award. This novel tells the story of four generations of a Korean family during the Japanese occupation of the Korean Peninsula. The novel starts with an old fisherman and his wife with their son who has a cleft and a twisted foot. The story then moves on to the life after marriage. The third story starts when the son’s teenage daughter, Sunja is made pregnant by an unknown businessman; who is then married to a priest, who takes her to Osaka. Here the ordeal of Sunja is described when her husband dies. Here, we get a glimpse in the life of Sunja and her children. One of her son makes it to the Waseda University, while the youngest starts a Pachinko parlour for gamblers.
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Jennifer Egan is a Pulitzer Prize winner. In this novel, the author chronicles the maritime history of Manhattan waterways through stories which defined epochs in the history.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
This novel is being made into a major motion picture by actress Reese Witherspoon.
Eleanor Oliphant is a normal girl who is not so sociable and is very blunt in the way of life. Eleanor’s life is thrown out of her perfection when she meets Raymond, an IT guy from her work. They come close, when they help an old man named Sammy. In this novel, the author tells a story of a smart woman who must learn that living a life is more important than surviving it.
So, here are the five best books of 2017. These five books were listed in all major book and journal publications along with many books list published by online newspapers and blog sites. All of the titles mentioned here are either award winning titles or are written by award winning authors. So, if you want to buy award winning book titles, you can always look out for our blogs.
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