Books we love
Michelle Richmond's Reads
The Death of a Beekeeper, by Lars Gustafsson
"This beautifully humane and intellectually playful novella about disease, death, and the noble desire to 'begin again' is in my annual rotation. I love Gustafsson's use of lists to reveal his protagonist's most intimate self."
The Moviegoer, by Walker Percy
"In this classic tale of love and longing in New Orleans, our gentleman narrator, Binx Bolling, woos his secretary, falls for his cousin, and muses lyrically on the nature of the search. 'To become aware of the possibility of a search is to be onto something,' he says. 'Not to be onto something is to be in despair.'"
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, by Milan Kundera
"From the opening paragraph of this politically charged novel, when faithful Comrade Clementis is hanged for treason and erased from the history books and photographs, one is plunged into a metaphorically dense story about truth and lies on both a personal and public scale, and humankind's tragic tendency toward forgetting."
Ficciones, by Jorge Luis Borges
"Every time I journey into the complex labyrinths of Borges's uncanny fictional worlds, I emerge from the fog of reading with the feeling that something in my molecular make-up has been secretly, significantly altered."