I fill my house, floor to ceiling, with books. They are my darlings. They are my catharsis. They are the portals through which I explore the expanse of humanity, and encounter the darkest and brightest corners of my own personhood.
It is the duty and joy of all devoted readers to put good stories into the hands of others. Here, I keep a list of the things I’ve read that I want to pass on, like the “recommended” shelf in your local, independent book store. First sentences are a topic of much debate for writers, so you’ll find those included too, along with something I love about each book or piece.
If you have a book or essay or story you loved, be in touch. The world is full of writing, and I’m always looking for another good thing to read.
By Lauren Groff
A stunning portrait of feminine power and the divine, told from the point of view of a reluctant Abbess in the 1100s. Transporting, insightful, and gorgeously rendered.
The Summer book
By Tove Jansson
A favorite because of its playfulness, irreverence, and spare, searing beauty.
By Marissa Meyer
A serious escape with all the drama and ambiguity of the best superhero tales.
Craft in the Real World
By Matthew Salesse
A powerful guide to removing the racist, colonial reality of the current model of the writing workshop. A must read for writers.
White Magic: Essays
By Elissa Washuta
A meta collection of essays that reads like a spell book, written with the passion and insight of a survivor.
By Marjane Satrapi
A main character with the attitude of a punk-rock superstar, living under the rule of the shah. Magnificent.
Boxing Inside the box
By Holly Iglesias
For women writing prose poems, this is for you. A stunning examination of female poets’ approach to “the box.”