Last Night At the Telegraph Club – Malindo Lo

This book made me miss my early days in San Francisco going downtown to clubs with my lesbian roommate or running through the Presidio to Cliff House. Though I knew almost no one and hated my job, my 6 months living in the city were wonderful. Anyway. The book. Set in Chinatown in 1954, we …

The Dark Flood Rises – Margaret Drabble

Aging has been on my mind. I think I’ve always thought I was old (or wished I was old) and so it makes sense, but I’ve also been thinking about how I want to age. Drabble’s characters almost all live alone and are connected by tenuous threads of friendship, family, and the webs that weave …

Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was A Girl – Jeannie Vanasco

This is a tough subject. Vanasco goes back after 14 years to talk to the friend who raped her. As she prepares for and executes the memoir, Vanasco comes to term with using the word rape, understanding that her experience isn’t less terrible for being less horrific than other rape stories, and that our conditioning …