These are some of my favorite books of 2018 (in no particular order):
Heart Berries by Marie Terese Mailhot. The Friend by Sigrid Nunez. There There by Tommy Orange. The Carrying by Ada Limon. Dear Current Occupant by Chelene Knight. Still Lives by Maria Hummel. All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung. Crave: A Memoir of Food and Longing by Christine O’Brien. Feeding a Thousand Souls by Vijaya Nagarajan. Old in Art School by Nell Painter, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. The People of Paper by Salvador Plascencia. Educated by Tara Westover. The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai. Monsoon Mansion by Cinelle Barnes. The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar. Heavy by Kiese Laymon. Survivor Cafe by Elizabeth Rosner. The Child Finder by Rene Denfield. The Reckonings by Lacy M. Johnson. Brown by Kevin Young. How to Write Stunning Sentences by Nina Schuyler. A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua. Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras. When It’s Over by Barbara Ridley. Adrenalin by Ghayath Almadhoun. Beast Meridian by Vanessa Angelica Villarreal. Palm Frond With Its Throat Cut by Vickie Vertiz. Electric Arches by Eve Ewing. How to Read an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee. The New Order by Karen E. Bender. Love Songs for a Lost Continent by Anita Felicelli. The Evolution of Love by Lucy Jane Bledsoe. They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib.
(note: Chelene Knight, Nicole Chung, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, & Barbara Ridley are among our guest authors in the new year!)
There are a few books I reread this year: (in no particular order)
Bluets by Maggie Nelson. Citizen by Claudia Rankine. The Color Purple by Alice Walker. The Changeling by Victor LaValle. Why Did I Ever by Mary Robison. The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers by Bhanu Kapil. Leaving Yuba City by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Play Dead by Francine J. Harris. The Voyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste Lewis. The Taxidermist’s Cut by Rajiv Mohabir. Blow-Drying a Chicken, Observations from a Working Poet by Molly Fisk. Crave Radiance by Elizabeth Alexander. American Noise by Campbell McGrath. A Lucent Fire by Patricia Spears Jones. The Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera. Bright Felon by Kazim Ali. The Book of Light by Lucille Clifton. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. The Hours by Michael Cunningham. Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America by Kiese Laymon.
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