Some books I've particularly enjoyed over the past few years.
Myriam Gurba$16.95 $15.59
Gurba writes with verve. You get an idea of her sensibilities quickly. Her language lives on the page. A commanding book. I won't forget it in a hurry.
Leslie Jamison$28.00 $25.20
This book is solid, not showy. It’s thoughtful, it’s well-written. I loved The Empathy Exams and this feels like a talented writer, and her writing, growing and maturing. There’s a warming here, a new subtlety.
Donatella Di Pietrantonio$16.00 $14.72
All the beauty and pain of girlhood in under 200 pages.
Donna Tartt$10.99 $10.11
A great yarn.
Olga Tokarczuk$27.00 $24.30
An offbeat, darkly funny twist on a literary crime novel.
Sigrid Nunez$16.00 $14.72
People often praise non-fiction that reads like fiction; this is a novel that reads like a memoir.
Anna Burns$16.00 $14.72
A tragicomic tale of 1970s Northern Ireland. The book equivalent of stepping on a live rail.
Helen DeWitt$18.95 $17.43
A lot of it went over my head, but I loved it anyway.
Elif Batuman$17.00 $15.64
A funny, tender, melancholy undergrad journey.
Jenny Diski$15.99 $14.71
You'll thank me later.
Kind of a travel memoir of coming home. Recovery and nature writing at its best.
Deborah Levy$16.00 $14.72
I don't know a single person who has read and didn't love this book. Bring a pencil.
Patti Smith$17.00 $15.64
Reading M Train is like being invited along on Patti's travels. Just delightful.
Janet Fitch$17.98 $16.54
A modern classic.
Elena Ferrante$16.00 $14.72
This book just absolutely simmers with women's rage. My favourite standalone Ferrante.
James Kelman$16.95 $15.59
A wonderful portrayal of masculine vulnerability with excellent music.
Meghan Florian$15.00 $13.80
A late-20s/early-30s memoir in essays.
Vivek Shanbhag$15.00 $13.80
Satisfyingly messed up.
Eve Babitz$15.95 $14.67
If the subtitle, "The World, The Flesh, and LA" doesn't convince you, nothing will.
Joyous, glorious, inimitable.
Jenny Diski$23.00 $20.70
An all-time favourite from the first chapter. Unique, observant, acerbic company.
Maeve Brennan$16.95 $15.59
Traipsing around 50s, 60s, and 70s New York City with a charming tour guide.
Maggie Nelson$15.00 $13.80
Has its imitators, but Nelson's approach to memoir was truly fresh.
Valeria Luiselli$16.95 $15.59
All Highway Sanchez Sanchez really wants is to impress his son. An irreverent tale with a charismatic protagonist.
Margaret Mitchell$20.99 $18.89
Don't knock it til you've tried it.
Daphne du Maurier$15.99 $14.71
Brooding, haunting, and so engaging.
Yuri Herrera$13.95 $12.83