For the month of January I’ll be focusing on reading fiction and nonfiction by writers in translation, from Haruki Murakami to Marguerite Duras.
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.
While I’ve been lucky enough to read many excellent memoirs this year, seven easily stand out as my top favorites from 2018.
One wants a room with no view, so imagination can meet memory in the dark.
—Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
I had been chipping at the world idly, and had by accident uncovered vast and labyrinthine further worlds within it.
—Annie Dillard, An American Childhood
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.
Life changes in the instant. The ordinary instant.
—Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking