Year in Reading

December 18, 2014

A Year in Reading: Julia Fierro 1

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It’s rare that a book inspires me as both a writer and a reader, and The Barter did just that, while exploring, with refreshing honesty, the internal and external demands that women continue to face.

December 18, 2014

A Year in Reading: Caitlin Doughty 1

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Each story is more bonkers than the next.

December 18, 2014

A Year in Reading: Scott Cheshire 2

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The only thing that could have made Marilynn Robinson’s Lila better were if she rocked me in her arms as she read it to me as if I were her child.

December 17, 2014

A Year in Reading: Molly Antopol 0

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I can think of few writers who pack as much humor, psychological precision, and insanely exciting language into a single paragraph, let alone an entire story, as Elizabeth McCracken does again and again.

December 17, 2014

A Year in Reading: Tom Nissley 3

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I did something in 2014 that would throw a wrench into anyone’s reading: I bought a bookstore.

December 17, 2014

A Year in Reading: Darcey Steinke 1

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Hathaway writes with precision and spiritual dignity, giving advice that jumps off the page and directly into the heart.

December 17, 2014

A Year in Reading: Ron Rash 0

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The writing throughout is superb, and at times so vivid that I felt unmoored from my own world and completely in the author’s.

December 16, 2014

A Year in Reading: Emma Straub 1

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Four of my favorites this year were story collections, which I suppose makes sense, given that stories take less time to read and are therefore a less intimidating enterprise for a new mother operating on very little sleep.

December 16, 2014

A Year in Reading: Carolyn Kellogg 0

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The book is partly about a aging porn director, partly about a young couple absently plotting revenge against a cop, partly about a former paramedic’s crime.

December 16, 2014

A Year in Reading: Michele Filgate 4

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For the longest time, literature has been my identity. Who am I without other people’s words?