Celebrity Picks: Alice Hoffman's Favorite Reads of 2017

Chris Schluep on December 05, 2017

AliceHoffman.jpgI was very much looking forward to seeing Alice Hoffman's celebrity picks, and they did not disappoint. Hoffman is an author with wide range--a perfect example of which is The Rules of Magic, the prequel to her bestseller Practical Magic--and yet everything she writes is immersive and recognizably hers.

You will see equal range and quality in her list of book recommendations. See her picks below, and look here for the latest celebrity favorites.

Alice Hoffman's favorite reads of 2017

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The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs
A beautiful and emotional memoir, written while the author knew she was dying of breast cancer at the age of thirty-seven. The Bright Hour is a love letter to Nina's husband and sons, but it is also a lesson for us: Everyday counts. Every hour matters. This deeply affecting and intimate book written, by the great-great-great granddaughter of poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, is lyrical and funny and serves to remind us that life is a gift.

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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The brilliant TV series made me want to go back and read this dark tale of a dystopian future that seems even closer to our present than ever. In a terrifying society in which women are property and divided into classes we see a chilling view of a world where women are powerless. This is a novel that is both a literary tour de force and a compulsively readable page-turner. It is simply unforgettable.

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Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
A compelling, imaginative tale of two lovers in a fragile country that is about to explode into war. This is the tale of refugees in an ever-changing, violent and nameless country who escape from their homeland and desperately try to find their place in the world. There are fantastic, magical elements that serve to open the story up to hope, possibility, and a different sort of future. This affecting and haunting book is an emotional mystery that is also a searing, war-torn, and very modern fairy tale.

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