A few other points of interest. Come for the tender portrait of female friendship in all its tears and triumphs, but stay for the sharp dissection of contemporary life for women, mired as it is in demeaning cultural norms, male primacy, and dwindling economic opportunities.

(We have thoughts on graphic novels and comics, too.). Melancholy and lyrical, this slim volume confirms that Greenwell is among our finest writers on sex and desire.

What follows is a gritty, gripping tale of girlhood, spirituality, and how salvation comes from the unlikeliest of places.
Every page is filled with hilarious and painfully realistic thoughts on what it's like to have crushes, how texting changes the way we date, and why connecting with others can be so hard to do.

As Marie asks questions about her mother’s youth as a songwriter in New York City, Laura must open the door on a time in her life that she sought to forget. There’s a decent chance many of these will end up high on any top-rated books list for Goodreads. In this witty satire of the haves and have nots, Dolan explores tender, insightful truths about the vagaries of modern love. You might know "Something Borrowed" from the film adaptation that stars Kate Hudson and Jennifer Goodwin, but Emily Giffin's first installment in the "Darcy & Rachel" series is worth the read even if you've seen the movie. But things change at her sister's wedding, where the entire wedding party gets sick, aside from Olive and Ethan Thomas, a groomsman she happens to loathe. In Seoul, South Korea, four young women living in the same apartment complex stumble through a K-pop-soaked cultural miasma of misogyny, consumerism, and unattainable beauty standards.

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In post-Soviet Bulgaria, an American teacher sifts through the romantic entanglements of his years abroad, with bruising vignettes of love and brutality coalescing into an evocative portrait of desire’s vagaries.

Lucky for us, they each—all three Perkins children, plus their widowed matriarch Charlotte—also get a say. That is, books that’ll take your mind off things (and don’t have plot points about pandemics or quarantine). Don Tillman is searching for a wife.

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Must I Go is another remarkable entry in Li’s decades-long tug-of-war with the English language, which, luckily for her devoted readers, shows no signs of abating anytime soon.

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Miller tinges the war story the urgency and tenderness of first love, bringing new weight to the wins and losses in Homer's epic. For Natasha Trethewey, the end is very much the beginning, for both her startling new memoir and, as we learn across its pages, the second iteration of herself. His pain feels at once unknowable and universal, and his rhapsodic writing makes Hollywood Park impossible to put down. Ava soon becomes romantically entangled with Julian, a rich banker who can’t commit, as well as with Edith, a lawyer who inspires both envy and desire. Through cultural criticism, memoir, and historical investigation, Hong names and illuminates issues of race and gender that long went unnamed, creating a blistering new handbook to the state of race in America. The best fiction and nonfiction of the year covers everything from teenage sexuality to Big Tech, while also telling deeply human stories of identity, romance, and family.

After all, they are popular for a reason. In Gilead, Robinson wrote, “This is an interesting planet. Has her luck finally changed? Their tenuous bond breaks when a couple in town tries to adopt a Chinese-American baby, putting Mia and Elena on opposite ends of a legal battle. What’s interesting about this new list, however, is that it speaks to reader intentions. On the flip side, we have further evidence to support Beyoncé’s evergreen question, “Who run the world?” (Girls.

It’s an idea that spars with their relationship as much as reality, but Norman’s funny and feeling writing makes for an irresistible read. But then she meets a charismatic swimmer when sitting by the ocean alone one night, finding herself drawn to him in ways she can't explain.
In the age of late capitalism, Ehrenreich's prophetic eye for the brokenness of systems has never been more timely.

This novel is at once a thrilling adventure, a tender coming-of-age story, an excavation of the corrosive mythmaking surrounding the American west, and the arrival of a major literary talent. The data-focused genetics professor takes a methodical approach to his quest, quickly eliminating any potential matches who drink, smoke, or have a tendency to be late. Account active Do better, Goodreads. Basing on the number of folks who labeled books as “currently reading” this month, the site has pulled together the, .

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This compendium of Ehrenreich’s newspaper and magazine columns spans such diverse topics as cults, health food crazes, housework, welfare programs, and O.J. I mean, yikes. In this riveting memoir, the first female literary editor of Esquire, appointed at twenty-five years old, narrates her remarkable experience as a cultural gatekeeper in a rarefied, male-dominated world.

But he starts to question his own process when he meets Rosie Jarman, a bartender looking for her biological father who ticks all the wrong boxes on Don's list. Subscriber Are you reading any of these books right now? When the storm to end all storms descends on their remote rental, the teenagers conclude that their debauched parents are unfit to care for them and strike out on their own, only to encounter all manner of biblical calamities in the wilderness.

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Their worlds coincide when Mia and her daughter Pearl rent an apartment from the Richardson family, becoming an integral part of their lives as the Richardson children, in particular, are drawn to the Warrens. 16 of the best books to read right now if you want an escape from reality. The kids in my life — and myself — love graphic novels, so it begs the question how this list would look differently if more kids used Goodreads. With heart and humor, Enter the Aardvark expertly skewers our current political climate. In an age when the dispossessed young generation blames the pillaging older generation for their ravaged environmental inheritance, Millet’s work has never been more timely.

After months of mourning and wanting to go back in time, Lydia begins to move on with the help of her sister and Freddie's best friend.