Year in Reading

December 16, 2015

A Year in Reading: Manuel Muñoz 0

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Had Wilson not died so early, he might have been the writer to break the American Nobel drought. We’re always too quick to believe it’s the fiction writers who have the most to tell us.

December 16, 2015

A Year in Reading: Patricia Engel 0

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A gorgeous yet utterly terrifying tale of how nature, humanity, and our own obsessions can betray us in the worst ways imaginable. Said to be based on true events, this is a story that I don’t think I will ever be able to shake.

December 16, 2015

A Year in Reading: Sady Doyle 2

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There’s a book, available in stores, in which Tori Amos and Ani DiFranco battle to the death. You could be reading that, right now. What is stopping you?

December 15, 2015

A Year in Reading: Katie Coyle 7

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In every one of these books I looked for, and in nearly all I found, shades of the awful, comforting truth: everyone despairs; nearly everyone survives.

December 15, 2015

A Year in Reading: Patrick Rothfuss 0

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This book made me laugh in a restaurant, it made me cry on an airplane. It made me feel like maybe I’m not a total human trainwreck. Because I’m broken in a couple of profound ways too. But after reading this, I don’t feel nearly so bad about it.

December 15, 2015

A Year in Reading: Ana Castillo 0

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I enjoy going back to writers who reached deep in their souls and had the valiance to share with the public what they saw to be a truth.

December 14, 2015

A Year in Reading: Rebecca Carroll 1

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This memoir is so starkly, poignantly written, so smart and wrenching, and I just had a truly visceral response to both the story and to Fei’s fierce, plain mother love throughout.

December 14, 2015

A Year in Reading: Lincoln Michel 1

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These authors remind me that you can truly do anything in fiction as long as you have the willingness to let your eye look at whatever it wants to gaze upon, no matter how bizarre.

December 14, 2015

A Year in Reading: Daniel José Older 1

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I finally cracked open The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings, and it felt like bright light exploded out of every page. I couldn’t wrap my head around how these essays had gone uncollected until 2010.

December 14, 2015

A Year in Reading: Viet Thanh Nguyen 0

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If most literature is weak coffee, and really good literature is excellent coffee, this book is a series of espresso shots. I’m going to keep talking about this book until someone tells me they’ve read it.