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Circe Madeline Miller (Little, Brown). Weaving together Homer's Odyssey with other sources, Miller crafts a classic story of female empowerment by following Circe from awkward daughter of Helios to her island exile, where she hones her gift of pharmakeia—the art of using herbs and spells. This is an uncompromising portrait of a superheroine who learns to wield divine power while coming to. Get great deals on thousands of bestselling ebooks. Sign up now & start reading Keiko sells rice balls and other conveniences at the Hiiromachi Station Smile Mart, a zone of orderly shelves, fluorescent lights, and controlled temperatures. She loves her work, but her sister worries: Why won’t she settle down, find a boyfriend? Wouldn’t she rather be human and troubled than post-human and happy? In flat, uncanny-valley prose, Murata enacts a celebration of nonconformity that is both joyous and unsettling. Books published in the United States in English, including works in translation and other significant rereleases, between November 16, 2017, and November 15, 2018, are eligible for the 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards. Books published between November 16, 2018, and November 15, 2019, will be eligible for the 2019 awards.
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A finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, this collection of short stories turns Florida into a place half-real and half-phantasmagorical—a psychic repository of beauty and danger. Women drink wine and hit their heads and may or may not become panthers. Children go feral and hide from hooting adults. Everywhere, Groff’s distinctive prose style tugs at the surfaces of things, revealing the alienness underneath. $27.00 $14.69 (46% off) SHOP NOW As the U.S.—and much of the world—has been gripped by the sexual assault accusations against potential Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the response from women has been explosive. Rebecca Traister’s Good and Bad is an excellent guide to unpacking and illuminating historical context for this outpouring of anger; it’s the handbook for understanding the #MeToo movement, too. Through exhaustive and compelling research, Traister examines women’s anger as a powerful political tool, one that’s long been ignored as a potent catalyst for social change. Furthermore, it examines what patriarchy means and reveals the extent to which certain groups of men have sought to curb and marginalize women’s voices. To all the men out there who want to be allies should read this book and get up to speed.
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Voting opens to 15 official nominees, and write-in votes can be placed for any eligible book (see eligibility below). Our special “Best of the Best” category features the 170 past winners of the Goodreads Choice Awards. Write-in votes can not be placed in this category. amazon.com $26.99 $11.40 (58% off) SHOP NOW Remember the mid-'90s obsession with the rising wave of Britpop, when all you wanted was an Oasis CD? When a Clinton was president, Mandela was freed, and the Berlin Wall came down—in other words, when the world felt hopeful? Nostalgic or not, Moran’s newest novel, the hilarious sequel to the soon-to-be adapted How to Build a Girl will transport you to grungy and gritty London during this time, as seen through the eyes of witty and willful Woverhampton-native Johanna Morrigan. Johanna, under her pen name Dolly Wilde, has transformed herself into a fearless music journalist whose unapologetic writing (and sex life) ends up catapulting her to fame in her own right with explosive consequences.Halliday’s début arrived in February, dangling bait: a roman à clef starring an aging and unchaste Philip Roth. That’s the first half of the novel. In the second half, Amar, a Muslim-American economist, is detained at Heathrow Airport. A slim valedictory coda binds the two sections together. The complementary stories ping images off each other as Halliday raises volatile questions about imagination and its blind spots, about power, about the love of work and the work of love. Her book is a pleasure rush with a long half-life.
We analyze statistics from the millions of books added, rated, and reviewed on Goodreads to nominate 15 books in each category. Opening round official nominees must have an average rating of 3.50 or higher at the time of launch. Write-in votes may be cast for eligible books with any average rating, and write-in votes will be weighted by the book's Goodreads statistics to determine the top five books to be added as official nominees in the Semifinal Round. A book may be nominated in no more than one genre category, but can also be nominated in the Debut Novel category. Only one book in a series may be nominated per category. An author may receive multiple nominations within a single category if he or she has more than one eligible series or more than one eligible stand-alone book. Scribner amazon.com $27.00 $11.40 (58% off) SHOP NOW The book’s namesake, the Mars Room, is “not a middling or mediocre strip club but definitely the worst and most notorious, the very seediest and most circuslike place there is,” divulges 29-year-old Romy, who stripped there before murdering her stalker. Two-time National Book Award–finalist Kushner casts her interrogative eye toward the California women’s penal system in this psychologically hectic novel. Informed by years of visits to the Central California Women’s Facility (the largest women’s prison in the world) and calling upon the experiences of her incarcerated friends, Kushner’s narrative radiates alarm and is especially invested in telling the whole and complex stories of women who are largely erased from society. The best books to read this summer, from riveting novels to conversation-starting nonfiction. By TIME Staff May 22, 2018 5:30 PM ED
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It was the year that felt like a decade, but at least it offered these excellent, thought-provoking reads to wait it out. Read on for the best books of 2018—they're worth every second of your time. Little, Brown and Company amazon.com $27.00 $14.89 (45% off) Read Now One of those novels that sucks you in from the opening paragraph, Circe, from The Song of Achilles author Madeline Miller, brings an oft-forgotten goddess to vivid life in this deeply-touching tale of an overlooked woman battling for the right to control her own narrative.
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This is a discovery of country through the discovery of that country’s women. But Kumar’s “nonfiction novel,” about an Indian student who comes to the United States to study literature, is tentative, funny, and self-critical—it inverts and skewers the colonial narrative. Kailash meets Jennifer at his university bookstore and Nina in his film class, and, with his older self narrating each initial intoxication, the novel emulates the digressive turnings of W. G. Sebald or Teju Cole, adding a gentle heat that is all its own. O, The Oprah Magazine's Best Books of 2019. Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2019. TIME Magazine's Best Books of 2019. Washington Post's Best Books of 2019. All Best of 2019. Browse Best Books by Year. Best Books of the Year 2019. Best Books of the Year 2018. Best Books of the Year 2017. Best Books of the Year 2016. Best Books of the Year 2015 No matter the genre, these books are exciting, interesting, and well-written. Most importantly, they're deserving of a spot on our best books of 2018 list To me, each of the titles below represents an energizing alternative to the ripped-apart illogic of our contemporary reality. Even the most disorienting novel is a reminder that you are more than a frayed nerve ending flailing across the Internet—that you, a somewhat coherent person, exist. Each one of these books does what Alexander Pope said wit can do: it “gives us back the image of our mind.”
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We read and comb through the hundreds of books that get published to reveal the best books out there—the novels, memoirs, short story and essay collections, and nonfiction titles. Here, we've rounded up the 124 best books of 2018 $29.00 $19.69 (32% off) SHOP NOW The myth of a successful journey often appears linear, if not a little bumpy. It’s usually far more complicated than that. Over five years, Scott Belsky—entrepreneur, author, and Chief Product Officer at Adobe—spoke to the leaders, founders, and artists he admires most about how they navigate the hard parts of their creative projects and ventures. Belsky’s discoveries are distilled into 130+ insights to help readers do three things: endure the human-tendency-defying woes of the middle; optimize the hell out of everything that works; and not screw up “the final mile” of a successful project. Belsky also draws on his own experiences from working with companies like Airbnb, Pinterest, Uber, and sweetgreen, urging us to embrace the messy middle and all the insights that are hidden there. Also, this is a list of the best books I read in 2018, not of the best books published in 2018—after all, one dates back to 1885. As they say on the intertubes and the interstate highway system.
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