Books that made me feel things

By Ali LaBelle

By Ali LaBelle

The Year of Magical Thinking

Joan Didion

$16.00 $14.72

Obviously I cried.

Ghosts

Dolly Alderton

$27.00 $24.84

Dolly is a treasure, as I've said before, and her debut novel felt like a long phone call with a friend.

There There

Tommy Orange

$25.95 $23.87

I'm not trying to make light of the content of this novel, because it was an incredibly important look into the Indigenous experience in Oakland, CA, but I always love a Love Actually-style story where all the narratives weave together. This is nothing like Love Actually, though.

Writers & Lovers

Lily King

$27.00 $24.84

A very accurate portrait of a woman in her 30s that I actually identified with.

The Dutch House

Ann Patchett

$27.99 $25.75

Light Architectural Digest vibes.

A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara

$35.00 $32.20

A story that answers the question "Could this get any worse?" with an enthusiastic "YEP!"

My Life in France

Julia Child and Alex Prud'homme

$17.00 $15.64

Read this after A Little Life as a palette cleanser (hehe).

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

Cheryl Strayed

$16.95 $15.59

Who doesn't love an advice column?

Just Kids

Patti Smith

$16.99 $15.63

This is maybe the first book I cried into since I read A Walk to Remember in the 6th grade.

The Vanishing Half

Brit Bennett

$27.00 $24.84

Unlike any storyline I’ve ever read β€” this is truly new and eye opening lit.