As a woman from the frontlines of '70s LA bohemia, Babitz writes with a voluptuous confidence that makes you want to be her best friend. Her writing is sharp, funny, and daringly witty.
Leslie Jamison's new collection of essays is a mesmerizing hybrid of journalism, memoir, and criticism. As one of my literary heros Jamison has solidified her status as the definitive chronicler of human connection and the beauty of mundanity. For fans of Joan Didion, but with a more modern and less smug approach.
In a quiet meditation on love and grief, local author Cross-Smith tells the story of the lives of three friends and how to go on living after a tragedy. Her debut novel is a slow and beautiful burn that will make your heart skip a beat.
A honest and beautifully written memoir about living with a chronic illness. Beyond this, it's a remarkable story about living through trauma, toxic relationships and addiction that will remind the reader about the value of empathy.
Written by one of my favorite leaders of the modern feminist movement, Roxane Gay's "Hunger" is a brutally honest account about living in her body. The simplicity of her langauge as well as the straightforwardness of her storytelling make the reader feel as though they are sitting across the table from a close friend. For Gay, writing about personal issues like sexual assault and overeating means being able to take up space and to use that space in order to help lead to more understanding.
Eve Babitz may not be a household name but for anyone interested in what it was like to live in Los Angeles and Hollywood in the '60s and '70s this book is a must read. Party girl, artist, muse and writer, I immediately became obsessed with Eve and ordered two of her own books. Friends with Joan Didion and an "It Girl" of Hollywood, Babitz's writing has often been overlooked. She left me hungry for more.