Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

a bookclique pick by Currie Engel I stumbled upon Lisa Wingate’s Before We Were Yours by accident. Frustrated by the cliché plot and predictable dialogue in the book I had originally chosen to review, I found myself entranced by the voice of 12-year-old Rill Foss in Wingate’s stunning novel. The book’s split narrative tells the story of Rill, a ward of the state in 1939 … Continue reading Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Enough as She Is by Rachel Simmons

a bookclique pick by Vanessa Kroll Bennett Girls in our society feel that they are not enough — not thin enough, pretty enough, smart enough, successful enough — and it is causing a mental health crisis with new levels of depression, eating disorders and anxiety in our young women. Rachel Simmons’ clear, insightful and practical new book, Enough As She Is, provides a lens through … Continue reading Enough as She Is by Rachel Simmons

Real American by Julie Lythcott-Haims

a bookclique pick by Jessica Flaxman Julie Lythcott-Haims’ new memoir, Real American, lays bare the unique experience of being both black and white in America. Lythcott-Haims is the distinguished daughter of an African-American doctor and a British teacher who met and fell in love in Ghana in 1966. She attended Stanford and Harvard before becoming a Dean at Stanford, the renowned author of How to … Continue reading Real American by Julie Lythcott-Haims

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

a bookclique pick by Lindsey Mead Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere is both page-turningly entertaining and thoughtful.  I raced through the story, curious about what would happen with the beautifully detailed, deeply human characters, and then, once I put it down, found I could not stop thinking about the world Ng had created. Set in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Little Fires Everywhere explores themes of race and class, planning and surprise, … Continue reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

a bookclique pick by Laura Dickerman Irish writer Sally Rooney, only 26 years old, a former top European debater from Trinity College in Dublin, wrote her first novel, Conversations with Friends, in three months. It is a quick-moving, fascinating study of two couples, Frances and Bobbi, young women who are entwined romantically, emotionally, and intellectually; and Melissa and Nick, who are older, married, successful and … Continue reading Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

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

Stir by Jessica Fechtor

a bookclique pick by Katie Noah Gibson After suffering a brain aneurysm at age 28, Jessica Fechtor found herself mostly physically healed, yet utterly disoriented. Multiple surgeries had left her brain clear of “problem areas,” but also caused the loss of her sense of smell and the sight in her left eye. And while she was “aggressively grateful” to have survived the medical ordeal, Fechtor … Continue reading Stir by Jessica Fechtor