Susie (she/her) 

I tend to read mostly contemporary fiction and short stories written by middle-aged women but I am willing to try anything and everything! Ask me about all kinds of fiction, essays, and some other nonfiction in and around self help, urban spaces, and distance running. 


Alphabetical Diaries By Sheila Heti Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374610784
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 6th, 2024

"In Alphabetical Diaries, Sheila Heti has selected and alphabetized a decade of sentences from her diary. A follow up to a shorter version of the same project published in The New York Times Magazine in 2022 under the name “Curiosity Is Not a Good Reason to Get Married,” Heti’s most recent exploration of narrative structure and the passage of time came out a month ago and has been flying off our Brooklyn shelves. Though the original version wins the award of best title, the book is well worth a read. Reading this book feels akin to a chaotic form of hypnosis. Sounds are repeated, but their meaning jumps around as their narrator moves forward and backward through time. Heti has an impressive ability to make the mundane appear intoxicating and worth your time. She represents the internal contradictions of the self with a startling but reassuring accuracy. If you find yourself momentarily bored by the lack of a clear story to hold onto, a nugget of casual wisdom is never far off, and even though their evolution isn’t linear, by the end of the book you will have watched each character turn into someone new."

The Dutch House: A Read with Jenna Pick By Ann Patchett Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062963680
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - January 5th, 2021

There is an epic quality to The Dutch House. According to Merriam Webster an epic poem is “a long narrative poem in elevated style recounting the deeds of a legendary or historical hero.” This book is not a poem but it does feel as if each word is where it belongs. Our narrator is Danny and our legendary and historical hero is Danny’s older sister Maeve. It is tragic and dramatic to watch Maeve grow up through Danny’s eyes. As they navigate their lives, their only constants are one another and their shared inexplicable need to keep watch over the home that was taken from them, the home that was never really theirs to begin with. When you get to the last page, you will feel as if you have witnessed the passing of generations. If you have a sister or if you have ever wondered what it would be like to have a sister, this book is for you!