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my favorite debut novel: Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. It is a coming of age tale set in 1987 New York during the AIDS crisis.
Favorite debut for fiction is the one you so kindly mentioned here - Kiley Reid's Such a Fun Age. Nonfiction goes to Lauren Hough. I'm almost through her book of linked essays and wish it were a longer. I'm blown away by the essays, the story she has to tell, and her voice.
Favorite recent debut novel: The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson. A science-fiction treatment of timeless human questions.
Submit a rec to What To Read If: I recommend The end of men by Christina Sweeney-Baird for anyone looking for a fiction about pandemics. And this one is deadly to men!
Do you have any suggestions for the "summer everything changed" box?
I love this idea! I'm happy to report I've already crossed off the Debut box and am hoping to complete "A Libertarian Walks into a Bear" on my upcoming camping trip (although, perhaps I shouldn't steep in a book about unfortunate bear-human interactions while I'm fortifying myself in a cloth tent....). (What are people's opinions here on how to power through a book whose content you enjoy but whose author you want to chase up a tree?)
I'm going to drop My Sister, the Serial Killer into my library hold list (now, thanks to you, growing by the week).
For a book by a new to me author I think I'm going to take a cue from Slate's Political Gabfest Cocktail rec - Nine Nasty Words: English in the Gutter: Then, Now, and Forever Kindle Edition
by John McWhorter. It appeals to the linguist in me.
I (@5klp471) left a message on your Twitter profile. I have this need to read to escape and to laugh.