The Best Books of Spring 2017

Books are amazing. Each of them, starting with short fictions and ending with exuberant memoirs, lets us plunge into an amazing world of words, feelings and experiences. Here are several best books of spring 2017.

  • In the Grace Parley’s classic short story, A Conversation with My Father, the writer says that every person, whether he or she is real or fictional, deserves everything that happens to him or her. Now, almost ten years after Parley’s death, her capricious husbands, back-talking daughters and nagging neighbors are collected in an amazing book Grace Paley Reader: Stories, Essays, and Poetry, which demonstrates how strong Grace Parley’s influence was.
  • In Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout, a startling follow-up to My Name Is Lucy Barton, the writer continues to describe the hometown of her childhood and shares a sequence of stories narrated by people who knew her, including memories of trauma and goodwill, small and big resentments, and numerous other things. The author has always been great, and now she just keeps getting better.
  • Ariel Levy’s fierce and amazing memoir, The Rules Do Not Apply, describes her life in revision and expands her known essay on the birth and death of her son. In this book, the author says that women of her generation were provided with the generous gift of their own agency by feminism – a certain belief that they had a possibility to decide for themselves how they would live and what would become of them.
  • Tessa Hadley’s Bad Dreams and Other Stories takes a caustic view on initiations into sex, art, and transgression: a girl who harnesses the art of writing; a clumsy teenager on the debauched night – glinting minutes of awareness in otherwise quiet lives.
  • Pamela Paul, the editor of the known book reviews publishing office, recalls the stories which have provided a shape to her own narrative in her astonishing memoir, My Life with Bob.
  • Everyone who was studying at college in the ‘90s and who let the e-mail flirtation get out of hand and who likes Elif Batuman a lot, The Idiot will definitely resonate deeply, because this story finds joy and pain equal in a narrative about the Harvard student unrealistically aiming for perfection that tilts at windmills, falling out of her own story and bumping up against everybody else’s.