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 

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

a bookclique pick by Jessica Flaxman One of my favorite poems by Emily Dickinson is about grief. It’s not the subject of grief that I particularly like, but the way she compares it to different things that steal from us without our consent. Grief is a mouse that burrows into our hearts; grief is a thief that we catch in the act of taking what … Continue reading H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

Untangled by Lisa Damour

a bookclique pick by Jessica Flaxman My grandmother liked things to be neat. When she saw my long hair in knots, she would bribe me to sit still so she could run a comb through it. I really didn’t want to stop playing to get pretty, but the promise of chocolate was sufficient enough incentive for me to sit, relatively happily, through that and other unofficial … Continue reading Untangled by Lisa Damour