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, …

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

In this collection of essays, Solnit provides readers with a mix of sizzling feminist critique and the sharp wit we’ve come to expect from her work. The title essay, “Men Explain Things to Me,” starts the collection off with a bang; Solnit’s humor drives home her points about male arrogance and assumed expertise. This essay …

Behind the Beautiful Forevers, by Katherine Boo

As an anthropologist, I’m always torn when I read books about other cultures, straddling the line between a fascination with how other people live and think and a hyper-critical eye toward how those people are represented. That is, until I discovered Behind the Beautiful Forevers. The story is one of incredible insight and nuance. Although …

The Rainman’s Third Cure: An Irregular Education

Ok. I don’t usually like autobiographies, but I’m making an exception for this one. It’s probably because Peter Coyote’s personal charm and presence of mind pervade the writing. It might be because he went to my alma mater (Grinnell College) and was my first big interview as a writer. Maybe it’s because he has an …