At the tender age of 7, a classmate called Caroline a "loser nerd"—a then blasphemous insult—for reading during lunchtime. Marked by that fateful day, Caroline has never stopped loser-nerding her way through life: nerding during class, showers, at the gym, once (maybe twice) during a wedding reception(s), at all hours of the day and night, across 5 continents, 20ish states, on a horse, on a date, while riding a bike, strolling to the subway, walking into people. She is thrilled to join other "loser nerds" at Elliott Bay Book Company, and she sincerely hopes that Stefanie from the 1st grade is just as happy somewhere and has found her own "loser nerd" passion!
Reviews & Recommendations
The first book to the best literary journey of your life. We've all seen the movies, so I'll leave my synopsis as this: the books are way better than the movies. This book changed my life and it will change yours too.
I first heard Abdurraqib on Button Poetry's YouTube page and I was later blown away by his writing. This book is a wonderful collection of essays that blend music critique with social commentary. It's passionate. It's vulnerable. It's relatable. It's everything you want and more.
I was nodding and "mhmming" throughout this entire book. Picking up on the nuances of the culture of silencing women, Solnit draws connections to larger issues of violence against women. A resonating read for anyone who thinks they may have been a culprit mansplainer and anyone who has ever been mansplained to. A necessary read for anyone who thinks they've never mansplained at all. (You have; read this book.)
Robin Wall Kimmerer has a talent for blending multiple subjects into a piece that, no matter how far removed you are from the subject, speaks to everyone. Pulling from her studies and cultural upbringing, and looking to anecdotal story-telling, Kimmerer weaves a beautiful narrative of loving coexistence between humans and plants. Kimmerer occupies what at first appears to be contradictory positions: as a hard-science biologist, a discipline more often viewing nature as a separate entity from us, and as a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, which considers the natural world a parent and teacher. Braiding Sweetgrass is a testament to the idea that we do not need to reject one for the other, but that rather by acknowledging both, we can occupy the world consciously and graciously.
A fearless gay couple living in homophobic rural Ohio; an educated Seattlite relinquishing all front-country amenities for a life in wild Appalachia; a bright young boy trained only in bare-bone hardcore backcountry survival skills and living in the fantasy world of his own imagination; an antisocial drunk who low-key dreams of a family and plants fruit tress illegally. Unexpected but wonderfully compatible pieces for a story, Madeline Ffitch is an expert story crafter and this book stands to show.
A beautiful story that follows the life of the Buendia family, tucked away in the magical town of Macondo. So much happens in this book as what might in a life, but with a little fantastical twist that makes Marquez one of the most imaginative writers I have read.