Hannah's Picks

Upstream: Selected Essays By Mary Oliver Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143130086
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Published: Penguin Books - October 29th, 2019

Mary Oliver is a singularly remarkable writer to me, because any time I read her work, I think, “My god, how does she know me so well?” She worshiped nature and literature. She loved her dogs and her wife. She believed in love. Whether or not you’re familiar with Mary Oliver’s poetry, these essays are a meditative, reverent collection that I recommend to anyone looking for insight on how to treat the world with curiosity and kindness, and be treated by the world in kind.

Mostly Dead Things By Kristen Arnett Cover Image
ISBN: 9781947793835
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Published: Tin House Books - April 21st, 2020

This story is a deeply strange, macabre dramedy set in a taxidermy shop in central Florida. Jessa-Lynn Morton attempts to keep her family’s business afloat as her already-dysfunctional family shatters even further after her father’s suicide. At its core, this is a book about the absurdities of grief - and how the absurdities of love are worth navigating.

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel By Ocean Vuong Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525562047
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Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 2021

Poet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel is stunning. Written in the form of a letter from a gay Vietnamese American son to his illiterate mother, protagonist Little Dog tells the story of his upbringing by his immigrant mother and grandmother. It’s a story about a young man facing a history of generational trauma while also coming to know a modern Western arsenal of abuses. It is at once visceral and beautiful, heartbreaking and hopeful, and never flinching.