You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld

a bookclique pick by Vanessa Kroll Bennett Curtis Sittenfeld’s book of short stories, You Think It, I’ll Say it, is composed of the everyday stories of white, educated, middle-class women’s lives . The homogeneity of the various narrators and the ordinariness of the settings of the stories, in cities like Houston, St. Louis, Minneapolis, allow the reader to become immersed in small, personal narratives. As … Continue reading You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld

Bookclique’s Best – 2nd Quarter Round-Up

bookclique presents the Top 10 reviews from March to June, 2018. Titles are hyperlinked. Fiction – John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down Fiction -Hanya Yanagahara’s A Little Life Fiction – Jennifer Joukhadar’s The Map of Salt and Stars Fiction – Gabriel Tallent’s My Absolute Darling Memoir – Tara Westover’s Educated Memoir – Maggie O’Farrell’s I am, I am, I am Poetry – Erin Fornoff’s … Continue reading Bookclique’s Best – 2nd Quarter Round-Up

An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn

a bookclique pick by Rhoda Flaxman If you loved The Odyssey in school — and even if you didn’t — this book is a winner. Offering a trip through Homer’s epic text, Classics professor Daniel Mendelsohn interweaves the story of a son, Telemachus, and a father, Odysseus, with another son/father pair — Daniel and his father, Jay. When Jay, an eighty-two-year-old man with tremendous intellectual curiosity, asks to sit … Continue reading An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

a bookclique pick by Katrina Smith There’s nothing more likely to make an English major’s heart flip flop than a novel with an important social message twisted delicately into gorgeous language that cannot help but compel. I felt that flip flop reading Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things, and I experienced that same feeling again now reading Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater. The parallels between the … Continue reading Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

Educated by Tara Westover

a bookclique pick by Jessica Flaxman Since well before the publication of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s 1762 treatise on education, Emile, people have wondered whether formally schooling children is more helpful or harmful to the development of free and critical thinkers. In Educated, a powerful memoir of growing up without any formal education until the age of seventeen, historian Tara Westover offers a nuanced picture of a … Continue reading Educated by Tara Westover

Hymn to the Reckless by Erin Fornoff

a bookclique pick by Mela Frye One of life’s greater hazards is befriending writers. One dreads the disappointment of art not equalling life, of having to lie — OR, to tell the truth.  In some writerly friendships, however, one discovers a union of pleasure and relief. Such is the happy case with Erin Fornoff and her beautiful debut collection of poems, Hymn to the Reckless. … Continue reading Hymn to the Reckless by Erin Fornoff

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

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