With summer rapidly approaching, and the last cold spell of spring seemingly past, I wanted to run through the five books I’m most anticipating being released June through September.
In memory, freedom is obvious. In the present moment it’s harder to appreciate, or recognize as a form of responsibility.
—Zadie Smith, Feel Free: Essays
You write from what you know, but you write into what you don’t know.
—Grace Paley, from a 1986 Interview with Kay Bonetti
Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark. That’s where the most important things come from, where you yourself came from, and where you will go.
—Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost
From essays on Brexit and the politics of public space to those covering Justin Bieber and the influence of teen idols, Zadie Smith’s Feel Free showcases the writer’s versatile range.
I believe in intention and I believe in work. I believe in waking up in the middle of the night and packing our bags and leaving our worst selves for our better ones.
—Leslie Jamison, The Empathy Exams