1. Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton One half of my podcast obsession, The High Low, Dolly Alderton is sort of a modern Nora Ephron. Her new book was quite a pain to order from the UK but well worth the wait. First, listen to all of The High Low. Then, listen to the five podcasts she recorded with The Pool, saving this one for when you can safely weep comfortably. Lastly, enjoy her recent solo series called Love Stories. But back to the book. What I loved so much about this collection of essays was the way it celebrated the chaos of everyones' 20s, particularly, early 20s. The focus isn't just on finding a partner, but about enjoying the countless ways becoming yourself manifests. I loved Dolly's writing on her relationship with her best friend, Farly. Female friendship is a theme I've been really intersted in reading more about. Now, just to wait for book number two.
2. I Want to Show You More by Jamie Quatro My love for Fire Sermon has only grown since finishing it a month ago. Itching to read more of Quatro, I ordered this right after her book talk Ruby and I went to. A series of short stories, I Want to Show You More, pushes fearlessly into the topics of infidelity, competition, family, and more. The book feels shockingly modern, each story unique in its evaluation of life as it is, or as it seems. Her classic dark, intimate style of writing doesn't shy away from the uncomfortable or improper. The story "1.7 to Tennessee" was my favorite-reading like a physiological thriller packed into a few pages.
3. Heartburn by Nora Ephron I know, I can't believe it has taken me this long to get around to reading this book either. As a staunch Ephron fan, her novel slid under my radar for years until Ruby encouraged me to pick it up last summer at the beach. It's the perfect book for vacationing with-engaging, quick, and funny. What's more, Nora integrates her love of food in a way that is similar to the memoir/recipe hybrids I can't get enough of recently. If you like her nonfiction or even her films, this book is a natural extension, in the best way.
4. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin At church a few weeks ago, Elle and I attended the first in an ongoing series of documentaries and discussion put on my the Gospel Justice Initiative. With little context, we settled in to watch I Am Not Your Negro. The film was incredibly impactful for both of us and we asked our local Baldwin expert what book would make a good introduction to his work after seeing the movie. The Fire Next Time was revolutionary in 1963 at its publication and reads incredibly relevantly now. I can't wait to read more Baldwin, to view more documentaries, and have more conversations on their importance.
5. Hammer Is The Prayer by Christian Wiman I'll be honest, I omitted the three other Christian Wiman books of poetry I've read recently for fear of being redundant. I started with his nonfiction (see last Current Reads) and moved excitedly into his poetry. This collection is a great place to start, featuring work from a variety of stages in his life. The way Wiman writes about grief is the same way he writes about his daily commute-with a keen sense of clarity and just a little humor.