2017 Books You’ll Want to Put on Hold Now

The Seattle Public Library offers a huge selection of materials to the public, and we are constantly adding new titles. How can you stay on top of what’s new at the Library? Shelf Talk is a good place to find recommendations, but there’s a very easy way to see what the Library is getting. When visiting the Library’s catalog search page, click on the “Explore” tab to find “New Titles.” Once there, you can either see what we’ve just gotten in or what we’ve put on order in books, movies and music. Here are a few titles that are sure to be big in the early part of 2017. Get yourselves on the hold list early!

The Refugees by Viet Thahn Nguyen 
Nguyen won the Pulitzer Prize for his 2015 novel The Sympathizer. Nguyen will be speaking and reading from this new collection at the Library on Friday, February 24 2017. Get your hands on this latest book before the reading!

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
After a fantastic collection of non-fiction essays titled Bad Feminist and a stunning debut novel Untamed State, Gay returns with a collection of short stories titled Difficult Women. Be sure to read this before seeing her in person at Seattle Arts and Lectures on February 22, 2017 as part of the Women You Need to Know lecture series. The Library did just order Gay’s upcoming essay collection Hunger, so be sure to get in on that one early, too!

Human Acts by Han Kang
Told through interconnecting chapters with different narrators, Human Acts centers on the death of a young boy during the Gwangju Uprising in South Korea in the 1980s. Kang’s The Vegetarian, a deliciously creepy telling of one woman’s sudden refusal to eat and the ripple effects this has on those around her, won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize.

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
The beloved, prolific and multi-talented Neil Gaiman showcases his love of mythology with a new telling of Norse myths, many of which inspired his fantasy classic American Gods, (soon to be a TV miniseries! Yay!). If you can’t see Gaiman in person when he visits Benaroya Hall this April 2, the next best thing may be listening to his audiobooks, as Gaiman usually reads all of his own works!

Walkaway by Cory Doctorow
Doctorow is a multi-talented writer, most recently known for his young adult novels. With the Walkaway, Doctorow returns to adult fiction for the first time in eight years. This novel promises to be full of intriguing ideas on post-scarcity, climate change and, ominously, the end of death.

Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto by Jessa Crispin
Author of The Dead Ladies Project and founder of Bookslut, Crispin’s writing is always a treat. I loved The Dead Ladies Project, and Why I am Not A Feminist promises to be an interesting and possibly revolutionary entry into the body of contemporary feminist works.

The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso
Two grumpy old women, one black and one white, who regularly trade barbs and insults over their shared hedge, must come together in 1990s South Africa and reckon with each other and the legacies of South Africa’s apartheid past. Omotoso won the South African Literary Award for First-time Published Author in 2012 for her novel Bom Boy. The Woman Next Door is her US debut.

~ posted by Veronica H.

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