Poems by Elizabeth Bishop

a bookclique pick by Vicky Waldthausen I recently met Elizabeth Bishop. Not met, of course. But still, I feel her handshake, and I can’t seem to let her go. It is a handshake I want to remember. I’m surprised I’ve made it through this much of […]

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His Favorites by Kate Walbert

a bookclique pick by Rhoda Flaxman “But you may have a past already? The darkest ones come early.”-Willa Cather Kate Walbert’s His Favorites is a first-person account of a young woman who looks back at her adolescent experience at a Massachusetts boarding school in the […]

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Florida by Lauren Groff

a bookclique pick by Laura Dickerman Fetid, oppressive, and dangerous, the state of Florida, like a state of mind, like the United States, like a collective unconscious, lurks outside a barricaded door as a panther does in one of Lauren Groff’s powerful stories from her […]

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One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson

a bookclique pick by Katrina Smith This Thanksgiving, I am particularly thankful for my right to vote and my right to actively participate in our democracy. It was an exciting election season, with unprecedented participation and inspiring victories. However, Carol Anderson’s One Person, No Vote: How […]

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Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Each child’s journey to adulthood has its own unique elements. Washington Black’s difficult, surprising, sometimes magical journey is the subject of this formidable novel by Esi Edugyan, Canadian author of the highly acclaimed Half Blood Blues. A slave in Barbados, young Washington Black witnesses unspeakable […]

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Tangerine by Christine Mangan

a bookclique pick by Lindsey Mead  Christine Mangan’s first novel, Tangerine, is a mesmerizing, unput-down-able novel that feels like a cross between The Talented Mr Ripley and The Secret History. The novel centers around two formerly estranged college friends reuniting in Morocco in the middle of the 20th century.  Mangan’s […]

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Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

a bookclique pick by Megan Brevard The mystery of love is at the heart of Rosie Walsh’s amazing novel, Ghosted.  Walsh writes about a fleeting love affair and the unexpected twist that takes readers into an emotional quest that can’t be set aside. I could […]

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A Long Way From Home by Peter Carey

a bookclique pick by Mela Frye Set in 1954 Australia, this delightful escapade of a novel follows Titch and Irene Bobs, a young married couple who compete in the infamous Redex Trial, in which drivers circumnavigate the continent in ordinary cars for a monetary prize […]

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The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

a bookclique pick by Ari Pinkus Sometimes, The Dinner List is a wisp of a book—romantic, sentimental, an escape from today’s agitating news cycles. At other points, though, it is wistful and insightful, peeling back layers of deep and troubled relationships. We first meet Sabrina, the just-turned-30 […]

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