Published September 20, 2014 | By thea

-Enormous Changes at The Last Minute by Grace Paley. She’s unique–vivid, brutal, syntactically original, voice driven– and always restores my faith in stories. -The Department of Speculation by Jenny Offil. This is a great book about a modern marriage. I feel you, Jenny Offil. -The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison. Tight, obsessive (in a good way!) essays. -Elena Ferrante’s six amazing novels. I read these just as the hype began and I now believe it thoroughly. I’m left wondering why certain works of fiction feel autobiographical. There’s a completely tethered connection to the physical and meta-physical real. -The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman. I loved to hate Nathaniel P. He’s the reason one can’t marry a male New York writer. -Infidelities. Poems by Elise Paschen. This is her first book and it is fierce, haunting, laced with resonance and a sense of inevitability that feels close to narrative. -Lean In by Cheryl Sandberg. I caved and finally read it. Fine, so there was a ghost writer and a researcher but the basic data needed to be revealed…by someone: Inequity between the sexes still persists and she dishes the proof.

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