This is what I'm reading these days:

Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon

I’m riveted by this novel’s fractured and deceptively simple structure. It’s both sensational---there’s a severed hand lying in ice within the first five pages—and totally earthy and quotidian.

The Master by Colm Toibin

Can you imagine Henry James sharing a bed with Oliver Wendell Holmes? (Toibin has.) This book is an amazing entry into the mind and life of Henry James and his process as a writer. I loved its unexpected familiarity and its historical accuracy. It’s so different in scope from books like Blackwater Lightship or Brooklyn.

The Philosophical Baby by Alison Gopnik

Alison Gopnik, a developmental psychologist, happens to be Adam Gopnik’s sister and she writes breezily too with a personal lens on the subject of infant consciousness. Babies know more than we think they do. This book shows us how, in some ways, they’re smarter than we are.

0 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

WRITERS AND LOVERS by Lily King.

What’s at stake in this novel is the simple happiness of our struggling writer protagonist. Love and work are what she seeks and there’s no “hook” more complicated than human fulfillment in this beaut

THIS IS NOW THAT WAS THEN by Vijay Seshadri

Seshadri’s fifth book of poems is wildly idiosyncratic, funny, varied in style. I found his preoccupations similar to Rankine’s in some ways: How do we live in tandem with the violence of the world? H

DON'T LET ME BE LONELY TONIGHT by Claudia Rankine

This book—image, poem, essay— is part of a trilogy including Just Us and Citizen, is less about race and more about mental anguish. What behaviors are called crazy? Which ones merit institutionalized?

© 2020 by Thea Goodman, Writer. Powered by Wixspace.com

THEA GOODMAN, WRITER