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.
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
For this week of Nonfiction November I’ll be reading an eclectic mix of literary journalism and cultural criticism, from Susan Orlean’s The Library Book to Zadie Smith’s Feel Free: Essays.
This year I’ll be participating in Nonfiction November, a month-long challenge to read, write about, and discuss as much nonfiction as possible, with a themed discussion prompt posted at the start of each week.
Empathy isn’t just something that happens to us—a meteor shower of synapses firing across the brain—it’s also a choice we make: to pay attention, to extend ourselves.
—Leslie Jamison, “The Empathy Exams”
Ambitious and absorbing, Leslie Jamison’s The Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath expands the possibilities of what a well-written recovery memoir can be.