I devoured Maria Dahvana Headley's new translation in one sitting, and then I sent a copy to my high school english teacher.
Looking for ways to reduce your food waste? Seasonal produce comes in so many different beautiful colors, and this handy little book is my go-to color guide for natural dye projects.
I went to school with AJ and Kristen so I had the privilege of watching their story play out in real time. Before she lost her battle with cancer in 2016, Kristen made AJ promise that he would tell their story. In Waves is a love letter - to the water, to the history of surfing, and above all to Kristen.
Evvie Drake is recently widowed and Dean Tenney, a former Major League pitcher, has the "yips". Introduced through a childhood friend, these two are thrown together and given a chance to start over. Set in a small town, filled with baseball metaphors, witty banter, and super charming will they or won't they energy - this read left me eagerly awaiting Linda Holmes' next novel.
Mary H.K. Choi's novels give me all the feels. They make me laugh, they make me cry, and they have a magical ability to help me look back on my teenage years through a more gentle lens. In YOLK, estranged sisters - Jayne and June - want nothing to do with each other. Then June is diagnosed with cancer, forcing her to reconnect with Jayne in an attempt to save them both.
"Everyone who had created the Strange Bird or interfered with her or had hopes or fears that had been placed upon her, or wished her ill, was dead. All of them were dead, and their plans with them. But the Strange Bird could see the future." Jeff VanderMeer's work consistently sets fire to my imagination. When I get stuck in my routines, circling the same loops, and I need to press the refresh button - I pick up The Strange Bird and imagine walking through a different world.
Imagine working at a video store and someone returns a VHS tape that has mysterious footage on it instead of the movie they rented. John Darnielle's second novel is a thrilling, suspenseful page turner - I devoured it in one sitting.
Hanif Abdurraqib's prose is as lyrical as his poetry, and he's a writer that has an impeccable sense of place. He drops you into a moment in time and all of your senses come alive.
I'm constantly giving away copies of this book to friends. A beautiful meditation on gratitude, generosity, and the absolute wonder of Mother Earth.
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Another incredible memoir that I flip through often. Lidia Yuknavitch's path to self destruction - and the grace she gives herself as she rebuilds a life that she actually wants to live - broke me open. It's a truly generous piece of writing.
If you're interested in shaping and creating the world you want to inhabit, but you don't know where to start - this book is for you. It's heavily influenced so much of my ever-evolving worldview.
As a long time reader of Emily Nussbaum's, I was ecstatic that I could finally access so much of her work all in one place. Standout pieces include - The Big Picture, Shedding Her Skin, and To Serve Man.
Carmen Maria Machado wrote a brilliant and haunting memoir. I had high expectations after having read her fiction, but this book changed the way I think about what writing can be - and the big reveal had me reaching to pick my jaw up off the floor.
My high school English teacher gave me this book and told me that it was like Harry Potter for adults. Set during the Napoleonic Wars in 1806, when magic is thought to have disappeared from England - two very different magicians fight to prove themselves and change the course of history.
Before Chanel Miller told the world her name, we knew her as Emily Doe. It was such a gift to finally hear her get to tell her story. Check out the audiobook version at Libro.fm - read by the author.
Part memoir, part scientific journal - Jahren reminds us how closely our own life cycles mirror those in the natural world. There's a story in this book that I have dog-eared so I can read it to people whenever I can squeeze willow trees or tent caterpillars into casual conversation.
When we're first introduced to Franny Stone, she's got a frantic energy and she's vibrating with the desperation that a singular purpose can instill in someone. Then Charlotte McConaghy pulls back all of her layers - telling a story of heartbreak, loss, and a renewed sense of hope.
To keep her true love Cherry from being won in a bet, Hero must keep the devious Manfred distracted for one hundred nights. She does so by regaling him with a collection of fables and myths - full of magic, love and adventure. To read more about the origins of Migdal Bavel, check out Greenberg's The Encyclopedia of Early Earth.
Octavia E. Butler's Parables offer way more questions than answers. Read along with adrienne maree brown and Toshi Reagon on the Octavia's Parables podcast while they discuss, dissect and engage with the apocalypse - one chapter at a time.
A gripping and heartfelt debut from slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo. This novel in verse is a quick read and the perfect intro to the rest of her must-read work.
I'm always in awe of the humanity that Leslie Jamison infuses into her writing. This door-stopper of a book took me a while to get through, but it's one I will always be grateful that she took the time to write.