Elise’s Picks: 13 Novels About Fatherhood That Should Be On Your Shelf This Year

Happy Father’s Day! Remember back in May when I compiled a list of books about motherhood, and you all got super excited about them? I remember, and I decided to do the same thing for Father’s Day to see if it hooked you guys too. Fathers and children, scared fathers, loving fathers, troubled fathers, weird fathers, straight fathers, …

Unspeakable Things by Kathleen Spivak

Unspeakable Things is a darkly erotic novel that explores the depths of human perversion and interplay between pleasure and shame. The reader gets brief glimpses into the abuse experienced by women and children during the era of World War II: a hunchback who becomes the sex slave of Rasputin, a German doctor with an obsession …

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

This book was awarded my May 2016 Best of the Bunch Award! When my grandfather was alive, I used to visit him in the retirement home where he had an apartment. My mother, however, lived with him there for a time, and visited him far more often than I ever could. She helped to decorate …

A Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

Here’s a little exercise to start us off: Close your eyes and imagine yourself on St. Thomas, an island bathed in vibrant colors, waves of heat and the drama of a small but strong Jewish community. You are a young Jewish woman, and the recent death of your husband (through arranged marriage) has left you …

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

If you’ve ever had any contact with the Hebrew Bible (known to Christians as the Old Testament), then you probably know a little bit about the story of King David. Often recognized as the first person in history to have a biography written about him from birth to death, his tale is one of epic …