What the Authors of Our 10 Best Books Read and Loved This Year | Modern Society of USA

What the Authors of Our 10 Best Books Read and Loved This Year

What the Authors of Our 10 Best Books Read and Loved This Year

Esi Edugyan (“Washington Black”): “One of the most intriguing books I read this year was Sarah Weinman’s ‘The Real Lolita.’ In investigating the 1948 abduction of 11-year-old Sally Horner by the middle-aged mechanic Frank La Salle, Weinman intelligently enlarges the history of Nabokov’s disturbing classic, ‘Lolita.’”

Lisa Halliday (“Asymmetry”): “On the advice of an Italian novelist, I read for the first time ‘The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas,’ a ‘nonfiction’ book written by Gertrude Stein but narrated by Stein’s lover and partner, Alice Toklas; in other words, and although it was first published in 1933, it speaks to a question on many minds today: Who gets to tell which stories?”

Rebecca Makkai (“The Great Believers”): “Samuel Park’s last novel, ‘The Caregiver,’ a brilliant tale of life and death in Brazil and Los Angeles, was published posthumously this year after the author died at 41; may we all achieve this much wisdom and grace at the end of our lives, and may we all pass it on so generously.”

Michael Pollan (“How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence”): “Besides being gorgeously written, and brimming with amazing information (about plant intelligence, especially), ‘The Overstory,’ by Richard Powers, is something genuinely new, in the way it decenters the human as the source of all meaning and value. Here, it is the trees.”

Leila Slimani (“The Perfect Nanny”): “This year I read ‘The Remains of Love,’ by Zeruya Shalev. This novel blew me away and I discovered a great talent. Zeruya’s style is poetic, luminous, demanding. She writes, with incredible delicacy and power, about family, love and fear.”

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