Staff Rec: The Clothing of Books & Boy Erased

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The Clothing of Books by Jhumpa Lahiri “How do you clothe a book?” is the how this small, but powerful volume begins. For a writer whose stories are as personal and complex as Jhumpa Lahiri’s, a cover’s design presents a different set of questions. The Clothing of Books began as an essay, translated from Italian [….]

LitStack Recs: Presidential Summer Reading List & Take Away the A

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The Presidential Summer Reading List As The Hill reported last week, President Barack Obama chose six books to read during his 16-day vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. Here’s a rundown. Between The World and Me, by Ta-Nahisi Coates. An educator and journalist for The Atlantic Monthly, Coates set out to write this memoir in the form [….]

LitStack’s Recs: Shakespeare’s Sonnets & Writing Inspiration

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William Shakespeare The Sonnets It may be a day late to pin this recommendation to the 450th anniversary of the birth and death of William Shakespeare, but I still can think of no better way to mark the end of National Poetry Month than to pause and take note of some of the (in my [….]

LitStaff Pick: Our Favorite Fictional Mothers

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Generally, I think, many of us will say that our mothers are the best ever. We’re all biased, of course, and what we learned from the mothers in our lives impacts us in ways that we won’t fully comprehend until we’re older. For most of my life, I honestly believed I was nothing like my [….]