Emily F. Staff Picks
I had two copies of this book and now I have none because I’m forcing all my friends to read it. Some classic nonfiction from Sheila Heti, this book explores the question of having children and what that choice means in a way that feels like an exercise in expanding your mind. Sheila follows a practice of the i ching by tipping coins to answer very complicated questions. It is a delight.
I’m pretty sure this book is a living breathing creature. If you want to embark on Lispector, a criminally under-read genius, this is where to start.
Tarta Westover was raised entirely isolated in a Mormon-survivalist family, barely home schooled, shuffled around, and somehow made it all the way to Cambridge. In her first college years she had never heard of the Holocaust and she thought summer was called “canning season.” This is her story.
100 Years of Solitude meets Persian culture / pans / modern day fertility clinic. This book is an epic family tale, politics and myth through the eyes of the Sadrs. All told from the perspective of one daughter in the waiting room of a clinic, but stretching back hundreds of years. If someone as cool as Rivka Galchen is a fan, you will be too.
Favorite play, favorite translation, favorite author. Antigone is the most performed play from the western world for a reason, and Anne understands her better than anyone else. Forget Hegel. What is a nick?
The cover of this book is deceptive. It makes you think you are about to embark on a peaceful journey through mystical Ireland. That is not this book. Your journey will be more of the harrowing, soul-cleansing variety, guided by Anne Enright's strange and stunning writing. In The Green Road, Enright tells the story of the Madigan family while bypassing every cliche of a family saga. It will haunt you in the best of ways.