Hello, friends! Happy July. It’s been hotter than a mother hecker in the midwest — or else very humid and rainy — and I’m just waiting for a reprieve. Or a nice pool to sit near while I read some good books. Or both?
I finally visited my new library and it’s … fine. It’s fine. It’s an adjustment. My last library was the best and I miss it. Let’s move on.
What I read
Gross Anatomy: Dispatches from the Front (and Back) by Mara Altman (out Aug. 21) is so good, you guys. I did not expect to learn SO much about the body, but here I am. Altman takes a very Mary Roach approach to the questions she has about the body — why do dogs like sniffing crotches? What makes people faint? How can people love butts but hate poop? — and hunts down experts to answer those questions for her. And she’s hilarious. I love it so much.
Other good reads: A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa B. Sheinmel (out in February 2019). Dear Martin by Nic Stone. Sadie by Courtney Summers (out Sept. 4). We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (Whew. What a doozy). We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union (Listen to this on audio, please. Gabrielle Union is amazing).
What I recommend
The Pink Slips’ new EP, Trigger. I’m a big Guns N’ Roses fangirl and have followed the lives of bassist Duff McKagan’s family for a few years, and his daughter Grace is SO COOL. Oh, and Guns N’ Roses just remastered Appetite for Destruction and put a deluxe version with a buttload of early studio sessions and covers and live versions on Spotify. Get that in your ears.
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What I wrote
The ARCs of (DON’T) Call Me Crazy are out in the world! I’m so honored to have an essay in this collection. When my copy arrived, I sat on the floor holding it like a precious, fragile thing. I’m reading slowly, taking in every gorgeous word. I can’t wait for you all to read it when it comes out in October!
This is the eleventh edition of my quasi-newsletter. I’m rounding up my month with what I read, what I learned, and what I wrote, and whatever else I want to write about, in a hope to be more mindful of my days. Check my last letter, and the This Month archive.
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