Your Mini Library Is Not Complete Without These Books

 

Bestselling novels turned films and shocking true-to-life short stories that will keep you up at night 

 

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

 

FILED UNDER: Get Ready for the Film!

REVIEW:

“It's difficult to say too much more about the plot of The Girl on the Train; like all thrillers, it's best for readers to dive in spoiler-free. This is a debut novel—Hawkins is a journalist by training—but it doesn't read like the work of someone new to suspense. The novel is perfectly paced, from its arresting beginning to its twist ending; it's not an easy book to put down. . . What really makes The Girl on the Train such a gripping novel is Hawkins' remarkable understanding of the limits of human knowledge, and the degree to which memory and imagination can become confused.”—NPR.org

 

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

 

FILED UNDER: Collection of Stories

REVIEW:

“These hauntingly enigmatic linked short stories attest to the author's reputation as a stylist of the first rank…Fasten your seatbelts for the ride…‘What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours’ [is] a testament to her growing reputation as a contemporary master.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

 

Reputations by Juan Gabriel Vasquez

 

FILED UNDER: New Discovery

REVIEW:

“The passing of Gabriel García Márquez certainly left a void in the literary world, but if there is a contemporary author capable of redirecting readers’ attention back to Colombian fiction it is Juan Gabriel Vásquez…Apart from the inventive plot and Vásquez’s knack for colorful similes, the writer’s mastery of tense shines throughout the novel, which dances from the present to the past to the future…The reader is left with plenty to ponder regarding morality and intention, the business of exposing hypocrisy, the dangers of fame, and the malleability of memory.”—Nylon

 

TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson

 

FILED UNDER: How to Finally Get Over Your Fear

REVIEW:

“Nobody in the world better understands the art and science of public speaking than Chris Anderson. He has nurtured, coaxed and encouraged so many speakers over the years (myself included) — helping us to bring forth our very best performances onstage, even when we were at our most nervous and overwhelmed. He is the absolutely perfect person to have written this book, and it will be a gift to many.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Big Magic and The Signature Of All Things

 

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

 

FILED UNDER: Get Ready for the Film! Part 2

REVIEW:

"...A brilliant work of science fiction, but even people who never read science fiction should absolutely read this one."―io9.com

 

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