I sometimes say to my children when they are telling me about their woes, “Oh, the world.”

In the midst of this unsettling time, I find myself saying “oh, the world” to myself more and more. The beautiful world, so interconnected and vibrant and interesting, is now on hold at best, in grief, at worst.

Reading can only soothe us so far. And yet, if we are reading something something really engaging, we can actually feel better and more connected. This past quarter, bookclique bloggers read some incredible books and wrote some incredible reviews. Check them out here:

Ellen Feldman, Paris Never Leaves You

Samra Habib, We Have Always Been Here

Ann Klotz, Reading During a Pandemic

Ursula K. LeGuin, The Left Hand of Darkness

Valeria Luiselli, Lost Children Archive

Chanel Miller, Know My Name

Erin Morgenstern, The Starless Sea

Julia Phillips, Disappearing Earth

Yoko Ogawa, Revenge

Richard Powers, The Overstory

Ian Williams, Reproduction

Kevin Wilson, Nothing to See Here

Jessica Flaxman

Jessica Flaxman

Many years ago, Jessica took an English teaching job at Collegiate School in New York. She replaced an English teacher named Laura Dickerman. At first, theirs was a rivalry, but not too long after that, they became the best of friends. Jessica created bookclique in 2018 and recruited as many of her English teaching friends; students; and writers as she could to the collaborative project of promoting new books to the world. Laura is now the editor of bookclique, bringing all of her customary brilliance and energy to the shared work of celebrating books and book culture.