Pulitzers and books about motherhood
Plus my new favorite summer dress and the scoop on some hot new releases
I’m still (secretively) reading potential 2023 Paperback Summer Reading Guide books so I don’t have any new reviews to share with you today. I am currently in the middle of this 1925 Pulitzer winner, which is the FictionMatters Book Club selection for May, and I can’t wait to discuss it! We’ll also be discussing Birnam Wood next Saturday as part of our Buzzy Book of the Month Club, so if you’ve been looking for a place to talk about that ending (🤯), now is the time to sign up!
I wrote more about what to expect from this year’s Paperback Summer Reading Guide in last week’s email, but if you have any questions for me, please don’t hesitate to comment below or respond directly to this email. I’m happy to answer anything that might help you decide if the PSRG is right for you!
There’s still plenty of time to redeem the special offer of 20% off an annual membership for new paid subscribers. This deal ends on May 31st, so you can sign up now to receive the full 2023 Paperback Summer Reading Guide in your inbox on May 24th or wait to see what the Paperback Summer Shortlist (a free guide with 10 titles corresponding to 10 summer reading moods) looks like before deciding!
Links I love.
Claire Kilroy’s list of the top 10 books about motherhood.
8 books about single mothers (the titles might surprise you!).
The Pulitzer Prizes were announced this week. For the first time ever, there were two winners in the fiction category!
I can’t wait to read Mona Awad’s new novel Rouge. Here’s an excerpt.
Read all about R.F. Kuang’s novel takedown of the publishing industry.
Unfortunately, we’re not getting a Taylor Swift memoir this July.
A 7-minute listen filled with books set all over the world. What a delight!
“On AI, Authorship, and Algorithmic Literature”
This week in views, listens, eats, and moments of joy.
We’ve been ordering way too much takeout as I work to finish the Paperback Summer Reading Guide while constantly trading off on Louise watching duties. I love delivery food but I’m looking forward to getting back into a cooking rhythm again.
Chelsey and I hosted our seasonal Office Hours (an ask us anything Zoom) on Wednesday and it was such a treat to be with all of our Lit Scholars talking about classics and deep reading and summer fashion and our grievances with Instagram. If you love classic lit and are looking for a bookish community, now is a great time to join us!
Did I buy this dress because it looks exactly like the office rug where I take my book pictures? Yes, I did.
Because this is my reading busy season, I haven’t been listening to any podcasts but I’ve got this Ezra Klein episode downloaded for our upcoming drive to New Mexico.
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Oooh that book looks fascinating!