Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life

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A Year in Reading: Aimee Nezhukumatathil

2016 was a year of great joy and promise dotted with the specter and the results of the most poisonous news cycle in my entire memory. My family and I moved to Oxford, Miss., so I could begin my appointment as the Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. With that came the gift of time to write and read in a town so steeped in an almost mythic love for writing and literature -- so that, in times of despair, I often felt buoyed by books. This year also marked the first time in more than a decade where I lived in the same town as an independent bookstore -- the mighty and marvelous Square Books (and Square Books Jr. for kids) -- and never before have I been so perfectly happy to make my wallet just a bit lighter these days. Here then, is a sampling of the books I turned to and marveled over, often in more than one read-through, and thoroughly dog-eared to bits: The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future by Lauren Redniss Lab Girl by Hope Jahren A Bestiary by Lily Hoang The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood by Belle Boggs Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life by Kim Addonizio Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead Bestiary by Donika Kelly Four Reincarnations by Max Ritvo The Halo by C. Dale Young Brooklyn Antediluvian by Patrick Rosal Look by Solmaz Sharif Third Voice by Ruth Ellen Kocher No More Milk by Karen Craigo ShallCross by C.D. Wright Cannibal by Safiya Sinclair Ropes by Derrick Harriell Eternity & Oranges by Christopher Bakken Field Guide to the End of the World by Jeannine Hall Gailey Chord by Rick Barot play dead by francine j. harris The Ladder by Alan Michael Parker The Bees Make Money in the Lion by Lo Kwa Mei-en The Crown Ain’t Worth Much by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres edited by Marcela Sulak and Jacqueline Kolosov Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty And finally, very much in the spirit of how I gifted Matt de la Peña’s Last Stop on Market Street for its music and ebullient spirit to every parent I knew with young children, my favorite picture book of the year (resoundingly endorsed by my six- and nine-year-old boys): We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen. You will simply, never forget this wily pair of turtles. I promise you. The sparse storyline and hilariously evocative illustrations showcase more empathy and kindness in a few pages than many grown-ups have these days. The sheer beauty of this picture book will leave you clutching your heart. More from A Year in Reading 2016 Do you love Year in Reading and the amazing books and arts content that The Millions produces year round? We are asking readers for support to ensure that The Millions can stay vibrant for years to come. Please click here to learn about several simple ways you can support The Millions now. Don't miss: A Year in Reading 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

A Year in Reading: Chloe Caldwell

If you liked Valencia by Michelle Tea, you’ll love Plastic Vodka Bottle Sleepover by Mila Jaroniec. If you liked The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, you’ll love Abandon Me by Melissa Febos. If you liked Nevada by Imogen Binnie, you’ll love Zipper Mouth by Laurie Weeks. If you liked Eight by Amy Fusselman, you’ll love Mickey by Chelsea Martin. If you liked Summer Sisters by Judy Blume, you’ll love Marlena by Julie Buntin. If you liked Proxies by Brian Blanchfield, you’ll love When the Sick Rule the World by Dodie Bellamy. If you liked Bukowski in a Sundress by Kim Addonizio, you’ll love Violation by Sallie Tisdale. More from A Year in Reading 2016 Do you love Year in Reading and the amazing books and arts content that The Millions produces year round? We are asking readers for support to ensure that The Millions can stay vibrant for years to come. Please click here to learn about several simple ways you can support The Millions now. Don't miss: A Year in Reading 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
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