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Best Book Releases 2018 Best Book Releases 2018
​The year’s best releases so far, guaranteed to hit the spot by providing some much-needed escapism, challenge the status quo and spark timely conversation.... Best Book Releases 2018

The year’s best releases so far, guaranteed to hit the spot by providing some much-needed escapism, challenge the status quo and spark timely conversation.

Rich People Problems (A Novel)Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
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The third installment of Kwan’s satirical CrazyRich trilogy returns us to the crazy and irresistible world of Singapore’s old-moneyed, ultra-rich. The antics of the glitzy and glamorous Young clan—who jet (on private jets) from London to Paris to Shanghai and beyond—are made even more captivatinghbecause Kwan insists that nothing is made up in his books. Plastic surgeons for pet fish?! It’s a fun insight to a world rarely portrayed in mainstream culture that make all of Kwan’s books a voyeuristic pleasure to read. Soon though, everyone will know a lot more about the outrageous lifestyles of Asia’s rich and famous when the film based on Kwan’s first book, Crazy Rich Asians, hits the big screen

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.: EssaysWe Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby

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Delivers on promise for a “laugh-out-loud” book. Irby amassed a cult following with her blog, which she wrote while she was working full time at an animal hospital, and her memoir, Meaty, is in TV development. Now, in her book of essays, Irby shares her hilarious application to be a contestant on The Bachelorette, the life lessons she learned from her 14 years at the animal hospital.

 

The Dinner PartyThe Dinner Party and Other Stories by Joshua Ferris

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Observational and piercing, Ferris’s short stories expose how fraught and emotionally explosive the search for connection with other human beings can be.  With the ultra smug yuppie couple at its core, so vivid and realistic, many will fear that the story was based on them. Now, with the addition of his other stories, Ferris reveals his keen ability to render the intimate minutia of thought and feeling that’s exchanged within a relationship, the nonsensical randomness of interacting with strangers, and the appealing fantasy of stepping into someone else’s life.

Men Without Women: StoriesMen Without Women by Haruki Murakami

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Japanese literary legend Haruki Murakami questions the current state of masculinity in his new collection of short stories. Taking its name from Ernest Hemingway, the story collection is a disconcertingly funny portrait of modern loneliness. Among its brilliantly drawn characters are a cosmetic surgeon who cannot look beyond his girlfriends’ physical imperfections; a jazz fan who starts over as a barkeep after discovering his wife is having an affair; and a man who wakes up to find that he has transformed into Gregor Samsa from Kafka’s Metamorphosis. Reading this book might make you want to shake these characters and say, “Wake up! It’s better to risk being hurt than remain alienated from those you love.” But, perhaps that’s the point—we can learn from their mistakes.

Exit West: SHORTLISTED for the Man Booker Prize 2017Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize)

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“In a city swollen by refugees but still mostly at peace, or at least not yet openly at war, a young man met a young woman in a classroom and did not speak to her.” This opening sentence sets the scene for this swiftly told love story between Nadia and Saeed, whose relationship is pressurized and contorted by war. In this unnamed city, suspended somewhere between the past, the present, and the future, text messages and one hour of daily internet connection link Nadia and Saeed with the world beyond a home that is disintegrating day by day. First the rich flee, then communication halts, and as the violence escalates they must decide how and when to escape their crumbling homeland. This timely novel brings the frightening reality of war outside your window up close and makes it deeply personal.

 

PachinkoPachinko by Min Jin Lee

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Thirty years in the making, Lee’s sweeping, multi-generational novel is set in 1900s Asia and is informed by stories she heard about legal and social discrimination against Koreans in Japan, a history largely denied and erased. This story kicks off with an unplanned pregnancy and the promise of a less shameful life in Japan and evolves into addictive family saga packed with forbidden love, the search for belonging, and triumph against the odds.

 

 

Gone: A Girl, a Violin, a Life UnstrungGone: A Girl, a Violin, a Life Unstrung by Min Kym

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A Korean-born prodigy, Min Kym’s career soared when she found her musical “soulmate” at the age of 21: a 1696 Stradivarius. But when her instrument is stolen, she discovers she can no longer play a note, and realises she must forge an identity for herself beyond the strings.

 

 

 

Murder on the Orient Express (Poirot) by Agatha Christie (2013-09-26)Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

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If you haven’t already read Agatha Christie’s classic, Murder on the Orient Express, it is a must-have on your summer reading list. There’s no better time than now because 20th Century Fox is actually releasing a movie version in early November.  Much better to to soak up the extra detail and character development from the Queen of Mystery herself, before seeing it unfold on big screen.

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