A dying year promises rebirth. As the Northern hemisphere turns its face away from the sun, we all tilt and tremble, waiting for the new.
This year has schooled me. I spent more time reading than I have in a while, and the books I’ve chosen are only some of those that thrilled me.
The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk: Gargantuan and restless, like Poland and all nations.
What Are You Going Through? by Sigrid Nunez: Inspired by a line from Simone Weil’s essay, “Reflections on the Right Use of School Studies with a View toward God,” this novel attends to the pain of others.