Some of My Favourite Books

By robotnic

By robotnic

Some books I've particularly enjoyed over the past few years.

Mean

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.

Make It Scream, Make It Burn: Essays

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.

A Girl Returned

Donatella Di Pietrantonio

$16.00 $14.72

All the beauty and pain of girlhood in under 200 pages.

The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt

$10.99 $10.11

A great yarn.

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

Olga Tokarczuk

$27.00 $24.30

An offbeat, darkly funny twist on a literary crime novel.

The Friend

Sigrid Nunez

$16.00 $14.72

People often praise non-fiction that reads like fiction; this is a novel that reads like a memoir.

Milkman

Anna Burns

$16.00 $14.72

A tragicomic tale of 1970s Northern Ireland. The book equivalent of stepping on a live rail.

The Last Samurai

Helen DeWitt

$18.95 $17.43

A lot of it went over my head, but I loved it anyway.

The Idiot

Elif Batuman

$17.00 $15.64

A funny, tender, melancholy undergrad journey.

The Vanishing Princess: Stories

Jenny Diski

$15.99 $14.71

You'll thank me later.

The Outrun: A Memoir

Amy Liptrot

$25.95

Kind of a travel memoir of coming home. Recovery and nature writing at its best.

The Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography

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.

M Train

Patti Smith

$17.00 $15.64

Reading M Train is like being invited along on Patti's travels. Just delightful.

White Oleander

Janet Fitch

$17.98 $16.54

A modern classic.

The Lost Daughter

Elena Ferrante

$16.00 $14.72

This book just absolutely simmers with women's rage. My favourite standalone Ferrante.

Dirt Road

James Kelman

$16.95 $15.59

A wonderful portrayal of masculine vulnerability with excellent music.

The Middle of Things

Meghan Florian

$15.00 $13.80

A late-20s/early-30s memoir in essays.

Ghachar Ghochar

Vivek Shanbhag

$15.00 $13.80

Satisfyingly messed up.

Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, the Flesh, and L.A.

Eve Babitz

$15.95 $14.67

If the subtitle, "The World, The Flesh, and LA" doesn't convince you, nothing will.

The Lesser Bohemians

Eimear McBride

$16.00

Joyous, glorious, inimitable.

Stranger on a Train: Daydreaming and Smoking Around America with Interruptions

Jenny Diski

$23.00 $20.70

An all-time favourite from the first chapter. Unique, observant, acerbic company.

The Long-Winded Lady: Notes from the New Yorker

Maeve Brennan

$16.95 $15.59

Traipsing around 50s, 60s, and 70s New York City with a charming tour guide.

The Argonauts

Maggie Nelson

$15.00 $13.80

Has its imitators, but Nelson's approach to memoir was truly fresh.

The Story of My Teeth

Valeria Luiselli

$16.95 $15.59

All Highway Sanchez Sanchez really wants is to impress his son. An irreverent tale with a charismatic protagonist.

Gone with the Wind

Margaret Mitchell

$20.99 $18.89

Don't knock it til you've tried it.

Rebecca

Daphne du Maurier

$15.99 $14.71

Brooding, haunting, and so engaging.

Signs Preceding the End of the World

Yuri Herrera

$13.95 $12.83