As you may suspect, we read a lot of books. Almost as fun as reading books is talking about them with friends, customers, strangers sitting next to us at Stellina, hikers on Sky Trail, weekend bikers in line at Bovine Bakery... If we haven't cornered you yet to talk about our current favorites, you can check here to see what books--old, new, and forthcoming--we're currently enjoying.
Nomadland is a compelling account of life on the fringes of the American dream. For many of us, retirement is no longer of an option. How then do we learn to live in our elder years? In Jessica Bruder's fine book of immersive reportage, we are introduced to the growing subculture of "workampers," seniors (for the most part) who gave up or were forced out of their homes and take to four wheels, leading itinerant lives from job to job.
As much an expose of the companies that prey on these desperate people (hello, Amazon) as a profile of the resilience and joy we're able to find in even the most dire circumstances, Nomadland is an unsettling glimpse of our new American reality.
Nomadland will be published in September 2017. Preorder a copy now.
Matthew Zapruder has a surprising answer for those intimidated by poetry: it's easier than you think, he claims in this conversational and wide-ranging essay, to love poetry. Culling examples from Virginia Woolf to Anne Carson to Shakespeare, Zapruder (a poet himself) offers a refreshing antidote to the stuffiness of academic study, and breathes new life into poetry.
Zapruder will be in conversation with Robert Hass about his new book later this fall in Point Reyes. Watch our event calendar for more details.
Each of these stories takes all the strangeness, stigma, and fear of female bodies as far as it will go, and provokes both surprise and recognition when you get there. Particularly brilliant (and often laugh out loud funny) is Machado's re-imagining of every episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, which unflinchingly peers into the detectives' psyches and takes the reader to spookier places than they could have imagined lurked beneath the surface there. But every story in this collection is brilliant in its own way, and as a reader, I will now follow Carmen Maria Machado wherever she goes.