Favorite books of 2019 – I have thought a lot about this (and I’m asked it a lot). Think my two favorite books of last year were Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss by Margaret Renkl and The Overstory by Richard Powers. What about you?
Grief is my Side Hustle – This Facebook page gathers the writing of an old friend (by which I mean we have known each other for a long time, though are only recently back in touch) who lost her mother last summer. She writes gorgeously about the experience of grief and with every post I learn something new. Highly recommend, whether grief is a part of your day to day life right now or not.
Nothing to See Here – I’m reading Kevin Wilson’s hilarious, genre-bending book right now and it’s every bit as marvelous as everyone says. So. Good.
Green-ness – we finally started composting in 2019 and I don’t know why we waited so long. 2020 is going to be my year of reducing plastic. Once you pay attention, it is everywhere. I’m horrified. I’d welcome any suggestions that have worked for you!
What It Means to be a Man – I read Peggy Orenstein’s cover article in the Atlantic with tears in my eyes. I can’t wait to read her book, Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity, from which the article is excerpted. There’s so much about this topic that’s complicated, so much that’s new to me, so much that’s vitally important.
I write these Things I Love posts approximately monthly. You can find them all here.