The handful of books I am currently most excited about are right here on this page. I read widely, though, and hate to ever remove a book from my list of suggestions, so I've categorized my archived picks. Scroll down and click on the links to find more of my recommendations!
Though I was not raped at my elite New England boarding school, my experiences there were such that nothing about Lacy Crawford's story surprised me, and yet everything about it shook me to the core. Crawford's brutal honesty, her willingness to be as frank about her drive to belong as she is furious about St. Paul's response to her assault, makes for an incredibly powerful read.
I loved this story of two sisters raised in Detroit in the middle of the 20th Century. Weiner spins a good yarn, while touching on a number of femisist themes and giving the reader access to her characters' deepest feelings. Perfect summer reading!
I fear that Fowler may have lost some sales to the white-lady-writing-about-brown-people problem, but I really loved this book and wish it had had more readers. It's an unfortunately timely story about how white people wield their power over Black folks in every corner of our communities, even the "good neighborhoods." My heart broke for the mother and son at the center of this novel and I despised with equal intensity the man who derails their hard-fought ascent. This is a thoughtful, engaging novel that will also not make you work too hard–to my mind a perfect summer read.
Twelve years after reading it, this remains one of my all-time favorite novels. Set in a grand Paris apartment building, it's a truly charming story of unlikely connections between people of different age, class, and culture.
What a page-turner! Who knew that Chris Bohjalian, who has so excelled at historical and contemporary issue-driven fiction had a real thriller in him? This may be my favorite of his books, the genre seeming to be his sweet spot, just right for his enthusiasm and eagerness to engage millions of readers. The Flight Attendant is fast-moving, cinematic, and just a bundle of fun.