Under the Radar Books of 2017

Thank you to Michael Coy and Mark Bonney from Third Place Books Ravenna for sharing their favorite “under the radar” books from 2017 at January’s NESTcafé!

Looking for a good book to dive into this month? Here are their recommendations:

The Late Show, Michael Connelly
The Story of a Brief Marriage, Anuk Arudpragasam
The Heavenly Table, Donald Ray Pollock
Ranger Games, Ben Blum
Less, Andrew Sean Greer
Neverhome, Laird Hunt
Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan
News of the World, Paulette Jiles
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, Sherman Alexie
The Hearts Invisible Furies, John Boyne
Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
Cycling the Pacific Coast, Bill Thorness
Miss Jane, Brad Watson
France is a Feast, Alex Prudhomme (Photographs from Paul & Julia Child)
Crooked Heart, Lissa Evans
Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
Sweetigirl, Travis Mulhauser
Down City, Leah Carroll

The following books were suggested as favorite reads from last year by NEST Members, Volunteers, and guests after the presentation:

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Arundathi Roy
The Association of Small Bombs, Karan Mahajan
Strangers in Their Own Land, Arlie Hochschild
Why We Sleep, Matthew Walker
Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name, David Buerge
Slugfest: Inside the Epic 50-year battle between Marvel and DC, Reed Tucker
The Retreat of Western Liberalism, Edward Luce
The Taking of K-129: How the CIA used Howard Hughes to Steal a Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History, Josh Dean
The Unwomanly Face of War, Svetlana Alexsievich
Word by Word, The Secret Life of Dictionaries, Kory Stamper
Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching, and the Art of Deception, Terry McDermott
Undiscovered Country, Lin Enger
The Man Who United the States, Simon Winchester
Why Smart Kids Worry, Allison Edwards
Barkskins, Annie Proulx
Soups from Syria, Barbara Abdeni Massaad
Rooster Bar, John Grisham (audio book)
The Glass Room, Simon Mawer
Paris 1919, Barbara MacMillan and Richard Holbrooke
My Family and Other Animals, Gerald Durrell
Eating Words, A Norton Anthology of Food Writing, Sandra M. Gilbert & Roger J. Porter
A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman
The Hello Girls; America’s First Women Soldiers, Elizabeth Cobbs
Last Hope Island, Lynne Olson
The Last Days of Night, Graham Moore
Off the Cliff, How the Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge, Becky Aikman
Small Great Things, Jody Picoult
Killer of the Flower Moon, The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, David Grann
City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York, Tyler Anbinder
Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
Born a Crime, Trevor Noah
Alone on the Ice, David Roberts
Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson
The Sympathizer, Viet Than Nguyen
The Things they Carried, Tim O’Brien
Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane
“Shakespeare” By Another Name, Mark Anderson
Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro
The Little Book of Hygge, Meik Wiking
Three Year Swim Club, Julie Checkoway
In the Midst of Winter, Isabel Allende
Blitzed, Drugs in the Third Reich, Norman Ohler

Don’t forget – NEST Members get a 20% discount at Third Place Books Ravenna!

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