‘The art of losing isn’t hard to master.’ Perseverance, humility, cleverness. My favorite villanelle. “ONE ART” by Elizabeth Bishop
Spawned a pop-cultural phenomenon, that in my mind rivals the legacy of the Sopranos. HARRY POTTER & SORCERER’S STONE by JK Rowling
Intense, better than West Side Story. Written by a 16 yr old girl after watching a kid get beat up. THE OUTSIDERS by Susan E. Hinton
Time to reread this gem. One day in low/high London post-World War I, strolling, plotting, ruminating. MRS. DALLOWAY by Virginia Woolf.
Flo & Rose’s unforgettable linking stories. Start here if you’ve never read her or think you know her well. BEGGAR MAID by Alice Munro.
The Church of Jesus Christ Without Christ. Her first novel, started out as a master’s thesis, no less! WISE BLOOD by Flannery O’Connor.
Takes me back to my adolescence, car-trips, being stuck with parents and being happy. “CHURCH CANCELS COW” by Amy Hempel.