Top Books of 2018
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Take a look at the most popular books that were checked out by Park City readers in the last year.
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#10: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and numerous other awards.

The book f ollows a Viet Cong agent as he spies on a South Vietnamese Army General and his compatriots as they start a new life in 1975 Los Angeles.
#9: The Disappeared by C. J. Box
The Disappeared is the newest book in C. J. Box's Joe Pickett series. In this book, game warden, Joe Pickett, is given a delicate missing persons job by Wyoming's new governor while he also interferes with eagle hunters.

The next book in the series, Wolf Pack , will be released in March.
#8: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea was the Park City Community Foundation's 2017/2018 One Book One Community Read. The novel won a Carnegie Medal.

This book is based off of an event that was six times deadlier than the Titanic. It is the winter of 1945, where four refugees share four stories as each character tries to find passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff.
#7: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

In Small Great Things , Picoult writes on race and justice as her main character, a well-experienced nurse, is arrested for a serious crime as a result of performing CPR on a child whose parents are white supremacists.

This book is in movie production and the cast includes Viola Davis and Julia Roberts.
#6: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Set in 1974, a father suddenly moves his family to Alaska. As a former POW, he struggles and Alaska seems like an answer. Town folk help the family, but the winter is harsh. Readers see his daughter come of age and her perceptions of her parents marriage.

TriStar pictures has preemptively purchased the rights to create the movie adaptation.
#5: The Rent Collector by Camron Steve Wright

The Rent Collector was the Park City Community Foundation's 2018/2019 One Book One Community Read.

Wright's main character tries to survive by picking through garbage in Cambodia's largest city dump. She and others like her are under eviction. She wants a better life for her son, so she searches for a second chance.
#4: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere has been named the best book of the year by People, NPR, and more!

This novel that encompasses motherhood, secrets, identity, and playing by the rules. The youngest child of the family is the prime suspect of burning down the family house when firefighters find many points of origin.

This novel will soon be a limited series on Hulu that will feature Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.
#3: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Pachinko was a National Book Award finalist for 2017.

This novel is a generational family saga. Beginning in the 1900s in Korea, a teenage daughter becomes pregnant and decides to leave home and the baby's father. Her decisions set a trajectory that will have effects on her family for years to come.
#2: Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Educated is the only nonfiction book on this list! This memoir won Good Reads Choice Award for Memoir and Autobiography.

Westover was 17 when she first stepped into a classroom. Born into a family of survivalists, she tries a new kind of life. Read her memoir to follow her education.
#1: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Set in 1922, Count Alexander Rostov cannot leave his luxury hotel... for the rest of his life. He is under house (or hotel) arrest during some of Russia's most hectic decades. See Rostov's view of Russia and his discovery of what it is to be a man.

A Gentleman in Moscow is soon to be a television series featuring Kenneth Branagh.