A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

a bookclique pick from Vicky Waldthausen Reading a book once doesn’t usually result in a character sticking with me, no matter how much I enjoy the story. Slowly the names fade, the descriptions become generic, and soon the characters are defined more by the plot of the book than anything else. There are anomalies, of course — characters who stay with me even though I … Continue reading A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Love, Africa by Jeffrey Gettleman

a bookclique pick from Rhoda Flaxman I’ve always been fascinated by Africa and count my trips to Kenya, South Africa, and Morocco among the most rewarding adventures of my life. Therefore I quickly devoured Love, Africa, Jeffrey Gettleman’s memoir of his ten years (2007-2017) as New York Times bureau chief for the twelve countries of sub-Saharan Africa. Primarily based in Nairobi, Gettleman vividly takes us, … Continue reading Love, Africa by Jeffrey Gettleman

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

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