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

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

a bookclique pick by Lindsey Mead My Absolute Darling is a fever dream of a novel, as difficult to read as it is impossible to put down.  I read it in two days, a couple of long, breathless gulps, and since I finished I haven’t been able to stop thinking  of the world Gabriel Tallent created. My Absolute Darling traces the maturation and growth of a scrappy, formidable protagonist, 14 … Continue reading My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

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

The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Joukhadar

a bookclique pick from Katie Noah Gibson I’ve always loved maps. Since I was a child sitting in the backseat of my parents’ car, tracing our summer road-trip routes on the pages of my dad’s United States atlas, I’ve been fascinated by those collections of lines and space. They help us navigate the physical world, but they tell us so much more than where we’ve … Continue reading The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Joukhadar

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

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

a bookclique pick by Jessica Flaxman A young girl is seduced by an older man in fine clothing. A kind but sickly visitor to the girl’s mother’s boarding house marries the girl and raises her illegitimate son as his own. The spurned biological father haunts and protects the girl, now woman, and her family throughout their long lives. Set against the backdrop of the Japanese … Continue reading Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

a bookclique pick by Ari Pinkus You don’t have to be a Jane Austen fan to become enraptured in The Austen Escape. Katherine Reay’s latest women’s fiction novel is very much a classic coming-of-age story with historic and modern twists. Even the two settings are emblematic of old and new eras. The novel opens in Austin, Texas, a tech hub, where the main character, Mary … Continue reading The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

a bookclique pick by Ann Klotz I bought Turtles All the Way Down in an airport last fall, expecting to donate it to my school library. I read it in one gulp on the plane. Since then, I’ve shared the book with three high school students and acquired a second copy that I keep lending to girls who say, “Oooh, can I borrow that?” Green’s depiction of … Continue reading Turtles All the Way Down by John Green