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Find The Best New Books Of The Year.

These are the best books of the year (so far).

These nonfiction and novels have captured our attention and refuse to let go.

As we approach 2024’s midpoint, The Book World has already covered a wide range of books. I found some of those titles to be quite impressive. There are some that are excellent and then they are the following:

It is likely that certain things will come to mind when we release our end-of-year, best-of lists. If you’re looking for some ideas on what to read next, be sure to check out our book recommendation page.

James, written by Percival Everett
This retelling of “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” takes a new perspective by making Jim the narrator, the enslaved man who joins Huck on their journey down the Mississippi River. Through Jim’s unique language and unexpected revelations, we discover a remarkably resourceful, clever, and influential character that we hadn’t fully appreciated before.
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Good Material is a book written by Dolly Alderton.
Alderton’s novel captures the essence of a 35-year-old navigating the complexities of a breakup, offering a refreshing take on the romantic comedy genre. With its sharp dialogue, authentic relationship dynamics, and amusing meet-cutes and misunderstandings, the book breaks free from tired gender stereotypes and the predictable marriage plot.

Martyr!, a collection of poetry by Kaveh Akbar
A young Iranian American aspiring poet and recovering addict reflects on the loss of his parents while contemplating his own mortality in Akbar’s extraordinary debut novel. A sense of death permeates the book, yet it brims with vitality—from the captivating elegance of its prose to the vibrant cast of characters and the unexpected turns of its storyline.

The Hunter, written by Tana French
For fans of Tana French, each of the thriller writer’s captivating books is a highly anticipated event. In this installment, following the events of “The Searcher,” we find Cal Hooper, a former Chicago cop, still residing in the quaint Irish village of Ardnakelty. Despite his outsider status, he remains entangled in the murky underbelly of the seemingly idyllic community, where both apparent and hidden crimes lurk beneath the surface.
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Wandering Stars, written by Tommy Orange
This follow-up to Orange’s debut, “There There,” delves into the story of a young survivor of a 19th-century massacre of Native Americans. It explores not only his own harsh fate but also the experiences of his descendants. In its second half, the novel takes a turn, immersing readers in 21st-century Oakland as it delves into the lives of the family in the wake of a tragic shooting.

Rita Bullwinkel’s Headshot is a captivating work of literature that will captivate readers.
This novel takes place at a women’s boxing tournament in Reno, Nev. It revolves around eight contestants and the intense physical and emotional battles they bring to the ring. According to our critic, this story leaves a lasting impact, hitting you like a powerful blow to the shoulder.
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Beautyland, written by Marie-Helene Bertino
Set in 1970s Philadelphia, this captivating story follows the journey of an extraordinary alien girl who arrives on Earth before her birth. She establishes communication with other life forms through the unique medium of fax and embarks on a mission to gather crucial information about our planet’s habitability. This novel is a delightful blend of humour and heartbreak as it takes readers on a journey with a young girl and her single mother, who both demonstrate incredible resilience.

Salman Rushdie’s thought-provoking book Knife: Meditations After an Attempted Murder explores the aftermath of a harrowing event. Rushdie’s writing style captivates readers and invites them to reflect on the complexities of life. This book is a must-read for those seeking a profound and introspective experience.

In his latest memoir, Rushdie provides a captivating account of the assassination attempt he endured in 2022 while speaking about the protection of writers worldwide. With his candid and straightforward writing style, he immerses readers in the gripping events that unfold. The assailant displayed an intense and relentless level of energy. In addition, he possessed a knife. Rushdie suffered an eye injury, but he has made a remarkable recovery, which he attributes to the exceptional medical care he received and the unwavering support of his wife, whom he fondly acknowledges in this tribute.

Jonathan Blitzer’s Everyone Who Is Gone Is Here is a thought-provoking exploration of the complex relationship between the United States and Central America, shedding light on the factors that have contributed to the current crisis. Blitzer’s insightful analysis offers a fresh perspective on the issue, making it a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of this pressing matter.
This compelling and fast-paced examination of Latin American politics and immigration presents a compelling argument for the direct impact of U.S. foreign policy in Central America on the present migrant crisis.

The Wide Wide Sea by Hampton Sides is a captivating exploration of Captain James Cook’s final voyage, delving into the themes of imperial ambition and first contact. Sides skillfully weaves together historical accounts and personal narratives to create a compelling narrative that keeps readers engaged from start to finish. With meticulous research and vivid storytelling, Sides brings to life the challenges and triumphs of Cook’s journey, offering a thought-provoking examination of the impact of exploration and colonialism. Whether you’re a history enthusiast or simply looking for a riveting read, The Wide Wide Sea is sure to leave a lasting impression.

After embarking on his third Pacific voyage, it seems that the renowned British explorer James Cook may have started to show signs of wear and tear. The scientific objectives of his initial two expeditions had taken a turn in a more ominous direction. Our reviewer found that historian Hampton Sides goes beyond simply retelling an adventure tale. In addition, he aims to present it from a modern perspective. ‘The Wide Wide Sea’ is a perfect addition to a genre that encompasses books like David Grann’s ‘The Wager’ and Candice Millard’s ‘River of the Gods.’ These books reframe famous expeditions, once portrayed as thrilling adventures, within the tragic history of colonialism.

Adam Shatz’s book, The Rebel’s Clinic: The Revolutionary Lives of Frantz Fanon, provides a captivating exploration of Frantz Fanon’s life and ideas. Shatz’s book delves deep into the revolutionary spirit that defined Fanon’s existence, providing readers with a thought-provoking and insightful journey. With meticulous research and engaging prose, Shatz brings Fanon’s story to life, shedding light on his influential role in the fight against colonialism and his lasting impact on postcolonial thought. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the life of this remarkable figure.
This captivating biography delves into the life of Frantz Fanon, the black psychiatrist, writer, and revolutionary. His reputation as a passionate advocate often overshadows a lesser-known aspect of his persona—his role as a compassionate doctor who operated a clandestine clinic for Algerian rebels.

Alexandra Fuller wrote Fi: A Memoir.
Fuller’s fifth memoir delves into the heartbreaking tragedy of her 21-year-old son’s untimely passing. Fuller’s elegant and honest account is truly devastating, making it unsuitable for those easily affected. However, it also manages to leave the reader with a profound sense of having known a remarkable and vibrant young man.

Kavya Patel

Kavya Patel spent several years working in the non-profit sector in the international arena, with a particular focus on project fund raising. She has been involved with projects in India, the UK, Africa, and South America. She is the founder Executive Director of the Art India. She spearheads strategic execution of events and festival concepts.

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