This year was the first in which I’ve regularly read for pleasure, and I’ve come across so many amazing new books and writers, from Susan Orlean to Danez Smith.
Mini reviews of essay collections by David Sedaris: Calypso, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Naked, and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.
To accept one’s past—one’s history—is not the same thing as drowning in it; it is learning how to use it.
—James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
Mini nonfiction reviews of three books detailing LGBT history: Kenji Yoshino’s Covering, Robert Fieseler’s Tinderbox, and C. Riley Snorton’s Black on Both Sides.
Jason Tougaw’s memoir The One You Get: Portrait of a Family Organism is a compelling look at what it means to be a part of an eccentric family.
The stories we tell of ourselves are like thin trails across something that is more like the ocean. A mask afloat on the open sea.
—Alexander Chee, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel
Over the weekend I had the chance to listen to Sean Strub’s memoir Body Counts on audio, which reminded me a lot of one of my favorite memoirs from earlier in the year, Cleve Jones’s When We Rise.