The End of Eddy – Édouard Louis

What a devastating book. It’s a novel, but very obviously also the author’s experience. Pretty sure they’re calling this autofiction now. Eddy is born into a poor family in the north of France. He knows, and his family knows, he’s gay from day one. This only brings him constant judgement, bullying, and abuse from all …

The Jakarta Method – Vincent Bevins

Oh America. You make it hard to love you. We like to think of ourselves as leading by example. As fighting for the little man; for the rights of man. We don’t like to think of all the blood on our hands. Bevins shows us the path from the US interference in Indonesia’s push for …

Dead Souls – Nikolai Gogol

Another Russian classic by one of the 19th century Russian/Ukranian geniuses running around the steppes. Their personal lives were all messy and full of wild tales, but their writing cuts to the soul of what it is to be human. Is it any surprise that Gogol eventually starved himself to death in a religious fervor? …

Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life – Emily Nagoski

You may know by now that I’m all about science and less about romance. Luckily this is a science book. Well, OK, this is actually an “everything you ever learned about your body and sex is bullshit” book. I want to send this book to every person I know with female parts. I want to …

The Street – Ann Petry

It’s truly a shame that this novel didn’t/doesn’t get more press. It should have won all the prizes when it came out in 1946, but Petry is a Black woman and so we’re just hearing about it now. Sigh. The street is 116th street in Harlem, NYC, and Petry’s characters deal with the troubles of …

Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson

What a time to re-read this classic about the metaverse! I loved this book when I first read it a long, long time ago. I thought, what with all the talk about the metaverse and our increasingly dystopian future, I might hand this book off to my 13-year old cousin for Christmas. You know, to …

Polysecure: Attachment, Trauma and Consensual Nonmonogamy – Jessica Fern

I’ve had a lot of therapy. I know my attachment style. I am working on my attachment style. I still learned a lot about myself in relationships from this book, and about the potential to have a calmer relationship in the future. My it’s-complicated brought up nonmonogamy last year and my first thought was “PANIC.” …

Out Behind the Barn – John Boden & Chad Lutzke

Two boys live a nice life with their mom on a farm in the middle of nowhere. Now and again mom brings home someone and carries them into the barn. Within a few days, the boys have a new playmate, a new farmhand. And sometimes that new friend doesn’t last all that long. They simply …

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie

Would you believe this is my first Christie novel? I’ve seen all the Ms. Marple and Inspector Poirot mysteries that PBS can provide, but never once picked up one of the books. Wouldn’t you know it, the book was a new favorite! Now I know why she is the Queen of Mystery. This book is …

The Mysterious Stranger – Mark Twain

Apparently Twain had a “dark period” I knew nothing about until now. And it’s wonderfully dark. Satan’s nephew comes to town in 15th century Austria and shows everyone just how insignificant humans and their pains are. Twain seems to say that all of life is silly suffering at the hands of our fellow man, yet …