Females is written around Chu's thesis: Everyone is female, and everyone hates it. What unfolds is a sharply funny analysis of how we understand our gender, as well as a mining of Valerie Solanas written work for its genius and contradictions.
Future Home of the Living God is an eerily nearby story of the affects of climate change on government, the reconciliation of adoptive and birth parents, and pregnancy in an inconvenient time, all told by a narrator managing to keep... so calm. This was, unquestionably, my favorite book from 2017.
I read many dog books in my youth and I am happy to say this is a treat for lovers of literary fiction! Read this if you like Max Porter and hated the ending of Old Yeller.
A book which reproduces the feeling of falling down the stairs or maybe crying in a bathtub. Start it because a book with sentences that would go viral on twitter couldn't possibly form a storyline, finish it because Wilder creates biting prose in tiny, funny-but-always-sad moments. For lovers of Melissa Broder and Miranda July.
“If he don't ever buy you nothing
and I mean nothing -
I don't mean your birthstone,
I don't mean groceries, even -
I mean if he don't buy you an ice-cream cone,
I mean if he don't buy you time when you had none,
I mean if he don't buy your fantastic tales, calls them nonsense,
then he's gotta go.”
Wow. For lovers of Anne Patchett, Min Jin Lee, and Jesmyn Ward.