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    Top Books First Read in 2017

    We're three months in, so what have you been reading so far this year. For me, it's been filling in the blind spots with Lahiri's work. I expect that later this year I'll visit one of her novels. Also, Kang's novel on the Gwangju Uprising was incredibly powerful--great prose and style after I found The Vegetarian merely good.

    Each year at this time I find myself turning to the Tournament of Books, which is its own March Madness styled bracket where a set of novels from the past year compete against one another. Several books make it from there onto my "to-read" pile pretty much immediately...

    1. Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies: Stories
    2. Han Kang’s Human Acts
    3. Zadie Smith’s On Beauty
    4. Edna O’Brien’s The Little Red Chairs
    5. Ian McGuire’s The North Water
    6. Charlie Jane Anders’s All the Birds in the Sky
    7. Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth: Stories
    8. Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees: Stories
    9. Peter Ho Davies’s The Fortunes
    10. Chris Bachelder’s Throwback Special
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    Plays
    Frank Chin’s The Chickencoop Chinaman and Year of the Dragon: Two Plays
    M. Butterfly - 6.5
    Kubo and the Two Strings - 7.5
    The Salesman - 7
    Fireworks Wednesday - 8

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    Novels:
    • Brighton Rock (Graham Greene, 1938)


    Non-Fiction:
    • Making Personas: Transnational Stardom in Modern Japan (Fujiki Hideaki, 2013)
    Just because...
    Workers, Peasants (Danièle Huillet / Jean Marie-Straub, 2001) / **
    Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2014) / ***
    Too Early / Too Late (Danièle Huillet / Jean-Marie Straub, 1982) / ****

    The last book I read was...
    Making Personas: Transnational Film Stardom in Modern Japan by Fujiki Hideaki


    The (New) World (January: TIFF 2016)

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