After some years of roaming, Riley is pleasantly surprised to find herself rediscovering her hometown through the wide windows of her favorite bookshop. She’s trying to quit biting her nails but gets anxious when she thinks of all the roads she hasn’t traveled or books she hasn’t read. Grateful to be surrounded by some of the finest booksellers and readers, she is currently seeking advice on houseplants and books to quell a restless soul.
Reviews & Recommendations
In this punk feminist surrealist novel, cult icon Kathy Acker taught me the possibilities of language and the power of rage. Illustrated with doodles and diagrams, these pages are vulgar and grotesque (you’ve been warned) but they ooze with astute cultural critique that made me laugh, cringe, and cry.
In this collection of essays, Martha Gellhorn bears witness to some of the most brutal war atrocities of the 20th century with the close observation of a journalist and the empathetic prose of a novelist. She was both throughout her prolific career, a short portion of which she spent married to Ernest Hemingway. In her introduction, Gellhorn refers to this collection as her protest against unnecessary violence. Her commitment to quality reportage serves as a solid reminder of the power and importance of careful journalism.
In both her fiction and nonfiction, Ali Smith has a way of capturing my imagination and intellect with her unique storytelling powers. The first novel in her Seasonal Quartet, Autumn is meditative, poignant, and tender. The intergenerational friendship between a woman and her childhood neighbor forms the heart of this story as their sentimental exchanges on art and literature subtly guide us through the politically chaotic backdrop of contemporary Europe. Only Smith could pull off a nonlinear narrative and cerebral language this gracefully. Winter follows Autumn, and keep your eye out for Spring in 2019. . .