My Bookshelf

I love to read, and I love to share the books I read. Here are some books that climbed inside me.

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Jill

Inferno

Inferno

Inferno is the book the Modernists meant to write. Eileen Myles captures the actual experience of being alive.

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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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State of Wonder

State of Wonder

Ann Patchett's State of Wonder is a difficult novel to shake. With her usual subtle elegance, she's pulling apart race and class and art and sex and the primitive. She's writing about children and parents. She's writing about arrogance and science. Come to the Amazon.

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Room

Room

I clenched my jaw most of the time I was reading Room. Jack sends me. I trust him even when we’re rolled up in a rug being dead.

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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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Are You My Mother?

Are You My Mother?

Go buy Alison Bechdel's latest graphic novel. Mothers. Daughters. Therapy. Lesbians. Memory. Art. Love. Family stories. Language. Comics. It's fucking awesome. Read it.

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Hunger Games

Hunger Games

Grim and human, Hunger Games is reminiscent of Never Let Me Go, and the Lottery, and Anthem. A ratcheted story of will and rebellion, class and resourcefulness, pity and pageantry. You’ll devour this one, and immediately crave the second.

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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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Flora & Ulysses

Flora & Ulysses

Kate DiCamillo’s latest Newbury-winning book is about heroism and poetry, about a squirrel who loves donuts with sprinkles on them and the round face of the girl who saves him from a vacuum cleaner. This is a book about love.

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Unless

Unless

A wise, good humored book about feminism, and writing, and language, and goodness. Unless is a novel about the many kinds of otherness.

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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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Book of Ages

Book of Ages

Benjamin Franklin wrote more letters to his sister Jane than to anyone else. This historical nonfiction by Jill Lepore explores the literary remains of a woman who lived in one of the most turbulent times in America. With actual lives, the book examines Virginia Woolf's provocative treatise: If Shakespeare had had a sister, what would her life have been like?

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