Celebrity Picks: Celeste Ng's Favorite Reads of 2017

Jon Foro on November 30, 2017

celeste-ng2.jpgIn 2014, we named Ng's debut novel Everything I Never Told You our best book of the year. Her follow-up doesn't disappoint; Little Fires Everywhere landed at number two on our list for 2017.

But which books inspire Ng to write such great fiction? See her picks below, and look here for the latest celebrity favorites.

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300 Arguments - Sarah Manguso (2017): This tiny gem of a book is jam-packed with insights you’ll want to both text to your friends and tattoo on your skin. It’s an intimate portrait of a woman at work, and a sweeping view of a human mind trying to make order of the world around us.

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Lucky Boy – Shanthi Sekaran (2017): Two families—an undocumented young mother from Oaxaca, and a pair of affluent Indian-American foster parents in Berkeley—with the “lucky boy” of the title caught in the middle. Sekaran manages to make you feel everyone’s joy and pain while raising big questions about race, class, and privilege.

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Kiss Me Someone - Karen Shepard (2017): Dark yet sensitive explorations of family and love—of all kinds—from a masterful writer. The women at the centers of these stories are sharp-edged and complicated and irresistible; you won’t be able to look away.

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