One night in second grade, Katie read Martin the Warrior by Brian Jacques for two hours while sitting on the stairs in her childhood home. Born and raised in Minnesota, she holds a deep appreciation for Prairie Home Companion and the varied skyline of the Puget Sound area. These days Katie enjoys reading fiction, essays, hiking guides, and history. She hopes all readers find a book that is so good they would read it sitting on a set of stairs.
Using the form of the forty questions she translated while working as an interpreter in the New York federal immigration courts, Luiselli deftly exposes the cracks in American immigration policy and brings forward the voices of child migrants in this short, exquisite book. It absolutely blew me away.
Read everything by Joan Didion, but start here. I am obsessed with this book of essays. I return to it nearly every year to regain a sense of the first time I read it—of the world opening up through a writer who is in absolute control of her craft. Then read its companion collection, The White Album, which is equally dazzling.
This is an astounding debut by the editorial director at Granta Press. Told by two little boys, their scruffy academic father who is grieving the loss of his wife, and a crow who is there to provoke and protect them, it weaves compassionate truths and dark comedy to brilliant effect. When I finished the last page, I flipped to the beginning to start over.
With precise and sweeping prose, Spragg describes coming of age in the mountains of Wyoming’s Continental Divide. This is some of the best nature writing out there - a book to be savored and passed along to those who yearn for mountains and language that does them justice.
This charming book weaves philosophical reflections on minimalism with practical wisdom and gorgeous photos. I loved Boyle’s focus on beauty, utility, and longevity when considering new and used additions to her (tiny) apartment.