The Great Believers – I was slow to read this book and I’m not sure why, but wow. Much like The Heart’s Invisible Furies, which I read and adored last year, the novel is about a time and place I knew nothing about (in this case, the AIDS crisis in Chicago in the 1980s). It’s thoughtful and beautiful and heartbreaking and engrossing all at once. One of my favorite books of 2019 for sure. Highly recommend.
Forties Stories – I have mentioned this podcast before, and I love it. It was an honor to be interviewed by Christy a few weeks ago! If you want to hear a little more about my strange childhood (a tantrum about visiting the Berlin Wall, for example) please check it out. I love all of Christy’s episodes and think the world needs more curiosity, more stories, and more empathy. She’s contributing. Give them a listen.
All-School Reads – I am fascinated by what schools choose as their All School Read. I think it’s a telling choice in many ways. Grace’s this summer is Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing, which I’m going to read alongside her. Whit’s school doesn’t have one this year. I’d love to hear whether your children’s school or college has a required book and if so, what it is!
The Handmaid’s Tale – I subscribed to Hulu just to watch this series, which I started after re-reading the book in March. I just started the third season. Wow. I know I’m only adding my voice to the (deservedly loud) chorus but I think this is a must-watch. It’s terrifying and prescient, powerfully acted, and scary precisely because there are ways in which this dystopian world feels believable to me. I don’t watch a lot of TV, but in my opinion this is essential viewing.
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