Gift Guide: Best of 2017

Well, it’s that time of year, Savvy Readers. All of the major outlets are compiling their Best Books of 2017 lists, and we’re taking advantage by adding them to our shopping lists 😉!  We’ve selected a few books from the lists that we believe will make the perfect gifts for the bookworms on your list! There really is a little bit of everything on this list!

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Transit – Rachel Cusk 

In the wake of family collapse, a writer moves to London with her two young sons. The process of upheaval is the catalyst for a number of transitions—personal, moral, artistic, practical—as she endeavors to construct a new reality for herself and her children. Featured on the Globe and Mail’s Best Books of 2017  list.

 

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The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give is a groundbreaking, thought-provoking debut novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, about a teen girl who is the only witness to her friend’s fatal shooting by a police officer. Featured as the number one (!) book on Indigo’s Best Books of 2017 list.

 

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Forest Dark Nicole Krauss 

An achingly beautiful novel about personal transformation that interweaves two stories: that of an older lawyer who disappears in the Israeli desert after abandoning his family and fortune, and that of a younger woman, a novelist, whose own quest takes her out of her conventional domestic life in New York and into the same Israeli desert. Featured on the New York Times Most Notable Books of 2017 list.

 

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Far from the Tree – Robin Benway

A moving contemporary novel about three adopted siblings who find each other at just the right moment, by acclaimed YA vet Robin Benway. Featured on the New York Times Most Notable Children’s Books of 2017 list.

 

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The Lonely Hearts Hotel – Heather O’Neill 

Set in Montreal and New York between the wars, a spellbinding story about two orphans whose unusual magnetism and talent allow them to imagine a sensational future, from the bestselling, two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted author, Heather O’Neill. Featured on the Globe and Mail’s Best Books of 2017 list.

 

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The Child Finder – Rene Denfeld 

A haunting, richly atmospheric, and deeply suspenseful novel from the acclaimed author of The Enchanted about an investigator who must use her unique insights to find a missing little girl. Featured as one of the top 10 books on Indigo’s Best Books of 2017 list, and the Globe 100!

 

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Hunger – Roxane Gay

From the bestselling author of Bad Feminist, a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself. Featured as one of the top 10 books on Indigo’s Best Books of 2017 list, and on the Globe 100!

 

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We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night – Joel Thomas Hynes 

We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night is the story of one man’s kicking-and-screaming attempt to recuperate from a life of petty crime and shattered relationships, and somehow accept and maybe even like the new man emerging from within, the one he so desperately needs to become. Featured on the Globe and Mail’s Best Books of 2017  list, the winner of the Governor General Books Award, and on the 2017 Giller Prize longlist!

 

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Little Sister – Barbara Gowdy 

 Little Sister is a fictional tour de force. Barbara Gowdy explores the limits of the human mind, which results in an impassioned tale of one woman’s determination to help a woman she has never met, and come to terms with a death she has always felt responsible for. Little Sister is featured on the Globe and Mail’s Best Books of 2017  list.

 

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Future Home of the Living God – Louise Erdrich 

A chilling dystopian novel both provocative and prescient, Future Home of the Living God is a startlingly original work from one of our most acclaimed writers: a moving meditation on female agency, self-determination, biology, and natural rights that speaks to the troubling changes of our time. Featured on the New York Times Most Notable Books of 2017 list.

Are any of these books on your wish list this year?! Let us know in the comments, or on Twitter @SavvyReader 

Thanks

Danny

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