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Dec 16, 2021Liked by Emma Straub

Lila and Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. The Known World by Edw. P. Jones. The Wizard of Oz.

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Dec 16, 2021Liked by Emma Straub

I return again and again to White Tears by Hair Kunzru, The Idiot by Elif Batuman, and Insomniac City by Bill Hayes. Such wonder! Such enchantment! :)

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Dec 16, 2021Liked by Emma Straub

Half of a Yellow Sun.

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Dec 16, 2021Liked by Emma Straub

Bobcat by Rebecca Lee

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Upstream by Mary Oliver, In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard. I press these on everyone.

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I love A Severed Head by Iris Murdoch and Old Filth by Jane Gardam.

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Dec 16, 2021Liked by Emma Straub

It is also on my to-do list to finally get to reading Lucia Berlin's A Manual for Cleaning Women in the new year! I've heard SO many great things, and it's spent far too long in my TBR pile.

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Dec 16, 2021Liked by Emma Straub

You might have read them already but both of Min Jin Lee's novels are fantastic!

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Dec 16, 2021Liked by Emma Straub

Still Life by Sarah Winman - I finished it last week and am still thinking about how beautiful it was!

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Dec 16, 2021Liked by Emma Straub

The Seas by Samantha Hunt. Just unbelievably haunting and gorgeous.

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Dec 16, 2021Liked by Emma Straub

O Albany by William Kennedy. I have also just finished Leeson Park and Belsize Square by your Dad. A wonderful book.

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Dec 16, 2021Liked by Emma Straub

All Laurie Colwin, but Happy All the Time in particular and Calvin Tompkins’s Living Well is the Best Revenge

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Dec 16, 2021Liked by Emma Straub

Why Did I Ever by Mary Robison

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Dec 16, 2021Liked by Emma Straub

Two of my all-time faves (a novel and poetry) that I've recommended hundreds of times, both from Graywolf Press!

DUPLEX, by Kathryn Davis (Kelly Link and Josh Cook are also gaga about this)

TOO BRIGHT TO SEE and ALMA (two books collected in one volume), Linda Gregg

xoxoMichael T.

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I’m not huge on re-reading even my most delicious faves. But I did quite a bit of looking back on some wonderful reads during the pandemic. Those I’m most grateful to have read again: The Accidental Tourist, A Thousand Acres & Nobody’s Fool.

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Dec 17, 2021·edited Dec 17, 2021

I’m jealous that you get to read Lucia Berlin for the first time! She is one of my absolutely favorites and A Manual for Cleaning Women is her magnum opus. Once I read it, I tried to get my hands on everything she’s ever written. Her stories have staying power, I think about them often.

The last month or so I’ve been down a “retelling of Greek mythology” rabbit hole: Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe —> The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller —> Circe by Madeline Miller (currently re-reading) —> Ariadne by Jennifer Saint (next up). I’m usually not this intentional about what I read and I don’t think I’ve ever followed a theme like this across authors. This has made me rethink my strategy!

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