We missed a week, and we’re sorry. But we’re back at it again! Enjoy a book of essays that will change your way of thinking, a haunting novel exploring the afterlife, and an obvious must-read from an obviously iconic writer.
We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Essays
Joan Didion (2006)
This collection includes Didion’s groundbreaking Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968) and The White Album (1979), which helped describe and define a generation. No one writes a sentence like Didion. Her voice is singular, ironic, iconic, smart, authoritative, and funny. Reading her take on 1968-era Haight-Ashbury will make you rethink everything you ever thought you knew about the American 60s.
Recommended by Katie Hae Leo – Associate Editor
The Ghost Bride
This is one of my all-time favorite stories. It follows Li Lan, a young woman from a respectable Chinese family in 1890’s Malaya, as she journeys through the afterlife. It’s an amazing novel.
Recommended by Nikita Boyer – Associate Editor
Breakfast of Champions
A favorite novel by Vonnegut is hard to choose, but when pressed, Breakfast of Champions is always the one I come back to. This novel, in my opinion, is the perfect representation of everything that made Vonnegut great–it is darkly humorous, fast-paced, absurd, illuminating in its exploration of the human condition, all while experimenting with and often exploding literary conventions.
Recommended by Jared Duran – Editor