• Among Others

    Jo Walton, 2012

  • Riddley Walker

    Russell Hoban, 1982

    This book was recommended to me during my 30 second conversation with Margaret Atwood when she was visiting Syracuse University.

  • Parable of the Talents

    Octavia E. Butler, 1998

  • Parable of the Sower

    Octavia E. Butler, 1993

  • The Road

    Cormac McCarthy, 2006

    This book became so much more meaningful after I had kids and realized how well it captures a parent’s love—more specifically a father’s love—for their child and the limits of that love. I’ve read it 4 times and counting and the language, plotting, and the father’s love still move me. The essay I’ve always wanted to write but haven’t: comparing this book (about a father’s attempt to keep his son safe in incredible circumstances) to Emma Donoghue’s The Room (about a mother’s attempt to keep her son safe in incredible circumstances)

  • The Wall

    Marlen Haushofer, 1963

    Before this book was re-issued (hooray!) and a movie was made of it, I wrote a little essay for The New England Review Digital about why I love it.

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

    Neil Gaiman, 2013

  • The Year of the Flood

    Margaret Atwood, 2010

    by Margaret Atwood. Though I enjoyed Oryx and Crake, and read MaddAddam in a frenzy to find out what happens, the middle book of this trilogy is really perfect and the most necessary one. The world that Atwood has created clicks into focus and Toby (which Atwood follows with a close third person narration) is one of my favorite characters ever: funny, strong, determined, struggling with belief, and real.