Miss Americana – I adored the Taylor Swift documentary. Highly, highly recommend. My favorite line is the one that’s been quoted everywhere: I want to still have a sharp pen and a thin skin and an open heart.
Olive, Again – I am halfway through Elizabeth Strout’s book and loving it. Much like with Olive Kitteredge, I find the interwoven stories evoke ordinary life – in its grandeur, its terror, its heartbreak, and its monotony – in a spectacularly moving way. I remember meeting Elizabeth Strout years ago at a conference, and I told her my favorite of her books was Abide With Me (it still is). “Oh!” she exclaimed. “That’s my middle child! (this was when she had written three books) Nobody likes that one best!”
My most anticipated books of 2020 are: Friends and Strangers: A novel by Courtney Sullivan (I have had the good fortune of reading this and it’s WONDERFUL), Writers & Lovers: A Novel by Lily King, Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing: A Novel by Allison Winn Scotch, and How to Be a Person: 65 Hugely Useful, Super-Important Skills to Learn before You’re Grown Up by Catherine Newman.
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