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Best books - Best summer reads menAt a time when politics have dominated the national conversation in a way that can often feel overwhelming, the best books of so far have provided escapism and comfort. They've shown us that empathy is a great virtue, and that art can transcend the unhappiness of the everyday. These 25 books are all highly recommended. If Americans really wanted a president who "tells it like it is," Heather Havrilesky would be running for office right now. At a time when most self-help gurus are charlatans, the world could use a less bullshitty, more emotionally connected leader, one with equal parts compassion and charisma. Enter Havrilesky, who writes the advice column Ask Polly for The Cut, and who has compiled a collection of many new columns along with some old favorites.
The Best Novels Of 2018 (So Far)
Now that we're in the back half of , there's no time like the present to recap the year in books. It's been a year of boundary-pushing fiction and buzzworthy nonfiction , with new and established authors alike releasing books that will inspire you, challenge you, and stop you in your tracks. Here are our favorite reads from One of the most award-winning science fiction writers of our time returns with nine stories of time travel, extraterrestrials, and alternate universes. Through lean, thought-provoking prose, Chiang manages to render stories about machines deeply felt—and deeply human. Through stories of victims, abusers, and law enforcement officers, Snyder illustrates the role domestic violence plays in such national emergencies as mass shootings, mass incarceration, and sexual violence.
If, like the rest of the self-loathing world, you started the new year with the resolution to read more and not stare blankly into the black mirror of your phone screen at every given opportunity - come on in! The start of the year may be long gone but with summer here you'll be needing something to carry to and from the park and barely crack the spine of. The debut novel from Guardian and New Yorker writer Hermione Hoby finds native Brit Kate in heatwave-struck New York where she meets two strangers, Bill and Inez, who she falls for in different ways and who pull her into the frantic rhythm of the city. A gorgeously vibrant story about the thrill and adventure of finding yourself in a new city. Buy it here. Gossip spreads through the docks of Georgian London when a merchant's ship is traded for a mermaid.
A genuinely funny book is one of life's simplest pleasures, but finding the real stand-outs is never as easy. Back in , we asked some leading lights of comedy and literature to nominate the books that make them laugh out loud.
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We may live in challenging times, and there's no better escape than through a good book. From new novels from beloved writers to compelling non-fiction examinations of our modern world, has already delivered some excellent reads. What are your secrets? What are you ashamed of? Cambridge professor and acclaimed novelist Erich Ackerman, the protagonist of this taught and gripping novel, knows this much is true. She became recognizable by a patch over her left eye, having lost the sight in it to a grenade fired by a government soldier in Sri Lanka in ; it became her trademark badge of bravery.
If this year has taught us anything, it's that real life can trump fiction for sheer audacity of imagination - no pun intended. Julian Barnes has never been afraid of tackling the big issues. Most recently his Man Booker Prize-winning The Sense of an Ending explored love, truth, memory and happiness, and prompted one of the Booker judges to describe Barnes as "an unparalleled magus of the heart". His much-anticipated follow-up, The Noise of Time , takes aim at a similarly imposing set of themes; namely the interplay between art and power, and the nature of human courage, explored through the life of Soviet-era composer Dmitri Shostakovich. The impossibility of Shostakovich's predicament becomes increasingly clear. He is sent on a tour of America as an example of Soviet musical supremacy despite his work being suppressed in Russia, and is at one point assigned a hapless tutor sent by the Party to "educate him" in the principles of Marxism-Leninism. Throughout, he resists joining the Party, a situation that becomes ever more untenable.
What can we say? We messed up. Our list of " 80 Books Every Man Should Read ," published several years ago, was rightfully called out for its lack of diversity in both authors and titles. So we invited eight female literary powerhouses, from Michiko Kakutani to Anna Holmes to Roxane Gay, to help us create a new list. Each participant made 10 picks. It's a new year, a new Esquire. We're looking forward to reading and we hope you are, too.