Dear Reader

Dear Reader
Two old friends want to know: What have you read lately?

10. The Innocents / French Exit.
Nov 28 • 63 min
Michael is captivated by the brutality and isolation of pre-modern Newfoundland in Michael Crummey’s The Innocents, while Emily delights in the “tragedy of manners” and the woes of bored rich people fallen on hard times in Patrick deWitt’s French Exit.…
9. My Sister, the Serial Killer / Middlemarch.
Oct 17 • 48 min
Michael posits that George Eliot’s Middlemarch (“the most Victorian of Victorian novels”) is the anti-Atlas Shrugged, while Emily considers just how much thicker blood is than water with Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, the Serial Killer. They talk about…
8. Carrying the Fire / City of Girls.
Aug 26 • 45 min
Michael joins his name-twin on the greatest adventure undertaken by humankind and finds him companionable, warm, and wise in Carrying the Fire, while Emily breaks down the walls of the “chick lit” ghetto to revel in City of Girls, a surprising story of…
7. Blindness / Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club.
Jul 13 • 61 min
Emily strongly recommends an encounter with the disorienting bleakness and collapse of Nobel Laureate José Saramago’s Blindness, while Michael strongly recommends an encounter with the soul-wracking cruelty and violence of Megan Gail Coles’s Small Game…
6. Newfoundland Portfolio / Convenience Store Woman.
May 31 • 61 min
Michael thinks about history and community through reading Newfoundland Portfolio, a collection of obituaries by J M. Sullivan, while Emily considers the abnormality of the hypernormal and different ways of being happy in Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store…
5. An Artist of the Floating World / The House of the Spirits.
Apr 30 • 62 min
Michael picks at the banality of evil protrayed in Kazuo Ishiguro’s An Artist of the Floating World, while Emily desperately wants to finish Isabel Allende’s enchanting work of magical realism, The House of the Spirits, but is prevented from it by living…
4. Kid Gloves / The Thin Place.
Mar 30 • 55 min
Emily thinks the world would be a better place if everyone read Lucy Knisley’s graphic novel account of her difficult pregnany, Kid Gloves, while Michael rhapsodizes about experiments in empathy and postmodern mysticism spurred on by Kathryn Davis’s The…
3. literally show me a healthy person / The Wife.
Feb 26 • 43 min
Michael found the formal experiments and wild content of Darcie Wilder’s literally show me a healthy person to be compelling but not without knots, while Emily enjoys the nuance of Meg Wolitzer’s novel The Wife.
2. The Penelopiad / Circe / The Lonesome Bodybuilder.
Feb 1 • 42 min
Emily and Michael talk about The Penelopiad (Margaret Atwood), Circe (Madeline Miller), The Lonesome Bodybuilder (Yukiko Motoya), and what books not to bring to the hospital.
1. How to Be Famous / Chrono Trigger.
Jan 17 • 59 min
Emily found Caitlin Moran’s How to Be Famous to be both hilarious and politically necessary. Michael went on a 16-bit nostalgia binge with Michael P. Wilson’s Chrono Trigger. They talk about bad sex in the #metoo era, the art of translation, persistence…
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