Books
Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is pure pleasure. An updating of Greek myths, the heroes are hilarious, and clever, and in constant peril. I wanted to be these kids, and reading their adventures is the next best thing.

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Julie & Julia

Julie & Julia

A delightful, unapologetic book.

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The Accidental

The Accidental

The Accidental is circular and complicated, and explores multiple voices and perspectives with disconcerting ease. I was deeply involved with these characters, even when I didn’t want to be.

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Citizen Vince

Citizen Vince

A compelling book about citizenship. Layered and inventive, violent and funny, an urgent and compulsive read.

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Housekeeping

Housekeeping

Housekeeping is the kind of story that you want read to you at night, so that you can dream in this language with these characters.

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The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book

Nobody Owens lives the most unusual tale of heartbreak I have ever read. Gorgeous, and unpredictable, and eerie.

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The Passion

The Passion

Mad and operatic. During my first reading, I remember having to remind myself to breathe. And the scene where the web-footed woman takes her gondola to the house of her married lover in order for her poor insane friend to steal back her still-beating heart is, even now, the way I conceptualize breakups. Messy, furtive, dreamy, improbable.

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Nightwood

Nightwood

I’m not entirely sure that I get Nightwood, but I love the language and the characters, and I go to the bookcase sometimes just to touch its spine and reconnect with the story.

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Fun Home

Fun Home

Fun Home is a brave book, and beautifully rendered. I’ve never experienced a story like this, and the restraint is poignant.’

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A Room of One’s Own

A Room of One’s Own

Money and a solitary place to work. These are still vital for the artist. A Room of One’s Own is a lovely book, and easily read. If you’re able to track down a copy of Eileen Atkins’ monologue, you’ll have a particularly delightful experience of Woolf’s treatise.

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Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

I cried like a child at the end of the Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. And several times before the end. If there is a spell against the dark, it must be, “Someone will come.”

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