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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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.More info →
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.More info →
A compelling book about citizenship. Layered and inventive, violent and funny, an urgent and compulsive read.More info →
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.More info →
A wise, good humored book about feminism, and writing, and language, and goodness. Unless is a novel about the many kinds of otherness.More info →
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.More info →
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?More info →
What is the landscape of survival? Anne Michaels’ book fuses poetry and narrative, and creates a map of earth and soul. A wrenching, tremendously valuable novel. One where you pause, and savor, and are changed.More info →
Julie & Julia
A delightful, unapologetic book.More info →
Dept of Speculation
Jenny Offill's novel is a rare treat -- lean and lyrical -- a peculiar portrait of a marriage, at once restrained and filled with raw, honest beauty.More info →
The Queen’s Gambit
The best stories are surprising and inevitable. The Queen’s Gambit is such a story. Fragile, and ruthless, and honest — the deep and terrifying mystery of genius.More info →
An astonishing collection of essays: anti-establishment, insightful, tough-minded. When I read Cultural Amnesia I felt tethered to all the world.More info →