"You realize that anything you have to say is going to annoy some stranger, so you might as well speak your mind." Teju Cole in Teju Cole: By the Book - NYTimes.com
"It wasn’t until my second reading of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, over a decade after it first had been assigned to me by my public high school English teacher, that I understood that Jake’s dick didn’t work."
Remember when we were like hey, where are the ladies on this BuzzFeed list? BuzzFeed made a second list from our recommendations!
"When we, as young women, are given the space to read, the act becomes a happy, private corner we can return to for the rest of our lives. We develop this love of reading by turning to stories that speak to the most special, secret parts of us."
- The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood (198 pgs)
- Lucy Gayheart by Willa Cather (195 pgs)
- The Awakening by Kate Chopin (195 pgs)
- An Accident in August by Laurence Cosse
- Sweet Tomb by Trinie Dalton
- Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion (213 pgs)
- The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers by Delia Falconer (133 pp.)
- Marbles by Ellen Forney (256 pgs but a graphic novel)
- Ayiti by Roxanne Gay
- Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson
- The City Is a Rising Tide by Rebecca Lee (208 pp.)
- The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers (163 pgs)
- Who Will Run the Frog Hospital by Lorrie Moore
- Sula by Toni Morrison (192 pgs)
- Fear and Trembling (144 pgs) and The Book of Proper Names (122 pgs) by Amelie Nothomb
- Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls by Alissa Nutting
- How to stay sane by Phillipa Perry
- Bonjour Tristesse by Francois Sagan
- Lucinella by Lore Segal (160 pgs)
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (160 pgs)
- The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd
- The Weight by Jeannette Winterson
- Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto (152 pgs)
I will add to this if/as y’all suggest more. Original post. And remember, now you can by little and big books as Kobo eBooks from Housing Works! Support independent bookstores AND fight homelessness and AIDS.
"I want characters to do the things I am afraid to do for fear of making myself more unlikable than I may already be. I want characters to be the most honest of all things — human."
"Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers is like a drug cocktail — equal parts Dexedrine and Viagra — with its disarmingly brilliant depiction of woman named Reno who rides motorcycles, men, and the icy waves of the New York art world. Lots of praise has been heaped upon this novel, and, unlike most bags of overpriced cocaine, it actually lives up to the hype."
Another What the Dickens?, another tree of authors, performers, actors, and more! Lots of new faces/ornaments this year. Join these readers and SURPRISE special guests this Saturday, December 14 at 1PM for our annual marathon reading of A Christmas Carol.
All the info:
Join dozens of terrific writers and performers for a reading of Charles Dickens’s holiday classic, A Christmas Carol.
Drop in early and often to catch a few surprise performers or linger through the afternoon for the whole spirited tale. All books, movies, and more are 10 percent off, and the cafe will be stocked with seasonal specials. Finish your Christmas shopping with unique literary finds, have some festive treats from our cafe with a hot cocoa or a glass of wine and enjoy!
Festivities will kick off at 10:30AM with a special show for kid’s from The Story Pirates. At noon we’ll enjoy Christmas caroling from members of the New York City Master Chorale. The reading of A Christmas Carol will begin at 1 PM inside the bookstore and end at approximately 4:15PM.
Our thanks to Penguin Classics for donating beautiful editions of Charles Dickens’s work, which will be for sale the day of the event with proceeds benefiting Housing Works.
Readers, not including surprise special guests, in the order they will read:
- Adam Gopnik
- Emma Straub
- Justin Torres
- Rosie Schaap
- Téa Obreht
- Mike Albo
- Sandra Bauleo
- Lynne Tillman
- Rob Spillman
- Adelle Waldman
- Elissa Schappell
- Dave Hill
- Anna Holmes
- Lev Grossman
- Lorin Stein
- Fiona Maazel
- Alexander Chee
- Gabriel Roth
- Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
- Jill Hennessy
- Jim Shepard
- J. Courtney Sullivan
- Saeed Jones
- Aryn Kyle
- David Goodwillie
- Parul Sehgal
- Justin Taylor
- Bennett Madison
- Jami Attenberg
- Michael Kostroff
"In this novel, the young are dull and clueless, but the elderly, despite their infirmities, are brilliant. Even demented, they make more sense than the absurd world they’ve stumbled into." (via ‘Half the Kingdom,’ by Lore Segal - NYTimes.com)
Lore Segal will be here TOMORROW, in conversation with James Marcus. Free drinks courtesy of Melville House!