Brother by David Chariandy

a bookclique pick by Tanya Boteju  I’m obsessed with David Chariandy’s books and brain. Ever since a student suggested I read his first novel Soucouyant years ago, I’ve held it close to my heart—teaching it in my classroom and begging him to visit for a book talk (with success, finally, last year!). I was deeply moved by Chariandy’s sensitive portrayal of a mother and son … Continue reading Brother by David Chariandy

Women & Power by Mary Beard

a bookclique pick by Jessica Flaxman This slender volume of scholarly fire is a “manifesto” bringing readers back in time to a major point of origin for Western sexism: ancient Greece and Rome. Although a golden age for public discourse and democracy, these cultures were largely inhospitable to women speaking in any forum with an audience, public or private. One need only reread Homer’s Odyssey to quickly … Continue reading Women & Power by Mary Beard

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

a bookclique pick by Jessica Flaxman Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach is a book I’ve been waiting a long time to read. She started it over 15 years ago, just after 9/11, but couldn’t finish it. In the interim, she wrote some other amazing books — The Keep and A Visit from the Good Squad. She wrote Black Box, a complete and unforgettable narrative made up of tweets. But … Continue reading Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

a bookclique pick by Jessica Flaxman It’s true. What is not yours is not yours. No matter how much you want it, you can’t have it, if it isn’t yours. Helen Oyeyemi’s collection of short stories, What is Not Yours is Not Yours, explores the longing we all have for the things and people that are not ours despite our best (and worst) efforts. Oyeyemi has made … Continue reading What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra

a bookclique pick by Jessica Flaxman The Tsar of Love and Techno is an admittedly opaque title for a collection of interconnected short stories about Stalinist Russia, the USSR, and the modern conflict in Chechnya. But don’t let that put you off. Marra is a brilliant storyteller who brings characters and places to life like no other. The Tsar in the book’s title is a figment … Continue reading The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff 

a bookclique pick by Jessica Flaxman Books about marriage always make me feel one of a few ways – grateful for the one I have, anxious about the one I don’t, and curious about what would have happened to me had I never married in the first place. Lauren Groff’s unputdownable Fates and Furies made me feel all of these things and more, revealing in glittering detail … Continue reading Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff