Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

I say with confidence that Homegoing is the best book I have read in 2017 so far and am feeling strongly that another read won't surpass it. This one had been on my shelf for about a year but when I read that Mashreads here in NYC was hosting a bookclub with the author, I had to finally hop on it. I read for two days straight and it has been making its way into all of my conversations since. The incredible story follows the family tree over the course of 300 years rooted from two sisters who never met, born in Ghana. Sure, it could easily be a story about the birth of slavery, but I would say nah, it's a story about how strong family ties are. If you read only one book from my suggestions this year, read this. 

This book is packed with overwhelming beautiful excerpts that required me to reread seven times before I grabbed my pen to underline + dog ear the pages (YES I AM THAT PERSON, LEAVE ME ALONE ALREADY). The way family trees and each character that the reader is introduced with just enough detail to make you want to know enough but a little hungry for more was incredibly refreshing and all-consuming. As soon as I finished, I had this intense feeling of sorrow for not being able to know the family tree of every single person that has ever existed. My great grandmother turned 101 a few weeks back (and still lives alone!) and while I have grown up in a family of strong lineage and stories being passed down from generation to generation, it still isn't enough. The stories in Homegoing of each family member capture an overview of the person's life or reasoning, while also sharing a small sliver in time where things all changed for those that were coming after them. Oye, incredible. 

“The need to call this thing “good” and this thing “bad,” this thing “white” and this thing “black,” was an impulse that Effia did not understand. In her village, everything was everything. Everything bore the weight of everything else.” 
― Yaa GyasiHomegoing

“You cannot stick a knife in a goat and then say, "now I will remove my knife slowly - so let things be easy and clean; let there be no mess." There will always be blood.” 
― Yaa GyasiHomegoing

I am guilty of idolizing normal people and turning common folk into celebrities in my eyes, so it's not shocking that I was fangirlin' when I got to hear Yaa speak last week. The entire short hour, I was in utter awe of how someone (SO YOUNG) could write something so beautiful and seem completely unfazed by how incredible what she has created truly was. Also, I ran into her on the street last week and was weirdly star struck and regretted not shouting in passing- "OMG, HOMEGOING! THANK YOU!"

On a final note, my favorite book ever is A Little Life (beating a dead horse here, whatever)- but Homegoing comes in at a close second place. I have yet to be wrong about the strong recommendation of A Little Life (and all 22 copies and counting that I have gifted to friends, coworkers, family members, and more) and I know that Homegoing will be the same. I miss it already. Please read it and thank me later. 

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Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

I wrapped up a slow + mini reading slump a few days before the 4th of July holiday and had a stack of books I needed to crush through for up coming bookclubs. Naturally, I reached for the first book that seemed like a summer hit + had been backed by about 5 recommendations. I spent four glorious, relaxing, indulgent, and obsessive days with this mystery/thriller read and am still in a state of WTF just happened. 

From GoodreadsLouise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife, but then why is David so controlling, and why is Adele so scared of him?

As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong, but Louise can’t guess how wrong―and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.

I read everywhere that the ending of this book was the biggest twist ever, so naturally, I spent the entire book trying to figure it out first based on my killer (no pun intended) skills of ruining every mystery book by figuring out the ending at the 50% mark. But nope- was completely shocked and grinning at the last 20 pages and it left me in silence for 10 minutes trying to figure out WHERE IT WENT WRONG WITH MY DETECTIVE SKILLS.  

This is a great summer mystery read; its quick and twisted, the plot switches about four times throughout the whole thing making you mistrust all the terrible characters with massive flaws (win!), and isn't dark enough to keep you up at night. Like all good psychological thrillers, it's a bit unrealistic (or so I hope) and this one specifically dives into some odd lucid dreaming shit that I am completely skeptical on, but it almost makes it even better. 

You might like this if you also liked: Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner, Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris, The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson, or I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid. 

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Summer Recommendations + America's Holiday

My favorite text messages from friends either include the phrases 'wanna get pizza' or 'what should I read next.' I usually respond with what I think someone will personally enjoy (someone who loves light romance probably won't like a thriller with a creepy stalker) but there is a chunk of go-to reads that I nerd out on regardless of who is asking.  

In honor of hot dogs, sparklers, and Budweiser, here are a few favorites that I recommend over and over and over once more to get you through July. For those of you that spend your summer with Netflix with the air conditioning on blast (no judgment), I paired some shows/movies that might relate to these books depending on your taste. Happy 4th! 

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

I hope you've already read this but if you haven't, now is the time. It's so fantastic and not a stuffy classic that is hard to get through. Somehow Capote weaved beautiful prose with a super terrible murder. I rambled about it last year here. If you like literally any true crime TV show, read this.  

People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Perry

Err-- same as In Cold Blood in regards to loving true crime. This one happens in the 2000's in Japan with a British flight attendant/hostess who (obviously and tragically) gets murdered. It's fascinating. I rambled about it here. If you were still able to sleep after the movie Zodiac and are saving for a trip to Japan (me too!), this might be for you. 

You by Caroline Kepnes

This is fiction and it's creepy, just how I like it. It follows a dude in his 20's who starts aggressively stalking his girlfriend, taking place in current day in NYC. I couldn't put it down and read it in a few sittings- it's a quick one. If the movie Swimfan happened in a beautiful bookstore in the West Village and that sounds chill- you might be into this. 

Wildwood by Colin Meloy

Wildwood is so cute! It's a middle-grade dense adventure read with beautiful illustrations and awesome characters. It's uber clever and was written by The Decemberist's (band) main singer + illustrated by his wife. I want all the prints of detailed drawings on my wall. I also wrote about it a few years back here, and if you think Matilda is the most charming shit ever/wish it was directed by Spike Jonze, read this. 

An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin

I really loved this book and ughhh, Steve Martin is so cool. Yeah! The actor Steve Martin! The story follows a 20s something art dealer in NYC told by her male BFF (kinda BFF? complicated but platonic) and the main characters are fascinating and complex. 

The Girls by Emma Cline

A perfect, perfect summer read about a teen who runs with Manson gang. Not a young adult novel if that's what you're thinking. I talked about it last summer here. I imagine Sophia Coppola would direct the version of this read- so if you're into her storylines and visuals, you'll probably like this. 

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Hands down, my favorite book ever. I have talked about it at least 100 times in person and 10 times on this corner of the internet. It's dark and so overwhelmingly beautiful. Please read it. I cried over it here.  I actually have talked in-depth with friends about how no one should ever try to touch this book for a film adaptation. 

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker

I read this book two years ago on the Fourth of July, poolside at my parent's place in almost one sitting. It's a murder mystery with incredible twists, unlike anything I have read. It hasn't left my mind since I buzzed through it and still can't believe it isn't as popular as it should be. I talked about it in my very early bloggish days here. If the TV shows True Detective and Fargo (omfg watch Fargo the TV show on FX) had a one-night stand, this might be it. 

Thanks for spending some time with me, hope you have a stellar reading summer.

Bookclub Club of Dear Life + Coffee at Sheila's

My main bookclub operates like a diverse democracy: each month, one person is selected to own the picks and theme, sends out a poll with 5 book options, and decides the restaurant or bar that is on theme with whatever their heart desires. Some favorite themes (all resulting in long nights of bar hopping after, SO DREAMY): 'Ladies of Comedy' where we read Amy Schumer's memoir + a night at Comedy Cellar, a Valentine's Day edition of Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality + a swap of Valentine's day gifts, and the reading A Long Way Home (or the movie Lion, for those of you stragglers) + a very eccentric tiny Indian family-style restaurant for eats (and shouting over the music about the book). Last month was a neat-o one, with Canadian themed authors which is how we wound up reading short stories for the first time as a group with Alice Munro's Dear Life. Short story collections + math books might be the only books in the world I don't read, but this one is pretty critically acclaimed (we debated several times on if it actually deserved a Nobel Prize- hint, it was disliked by most of the group) but I actually was really into it! 

The 12 or so short stories follow the intricate and mundane day-to-day lives of women all around Lake Huron throughout several decades. There were about 6 stories that I really loved and didn't want to end, but also an equal amount that I wanted so badly to skip over. The first 6 however, were my favorite- so if you rent it from the library and don't get through it all- you might not be missing much. BUT, it turned me into a short story craving reader- so it's totally worth something. Being able to cram so much vivid detail + narrative into 30 pages is a beautiful thang that I haven't really appreciated until this point. 

“We say of some things that they can't be forgiven, or that we will never forgive ourselves. But we do--we do it all the time.” 
― Alice MunroDear Life: Stories

It took me a few weeks to finish this read which is tragically annoying at the rate I buzz through stuff, but I spent a long rainy afternoon at the cafe that just opened below my apartment finishing up the last pages (after the bookclub had already passed, OOPS) and super suggest swinging by Sheila's in Carroll Gardens for a stretched out solo coffee reading day. They have amazing pastries (I got some concoction of a pepper rosemary scone) and a great latte which I consumed sooner that I could even pause for a picture of. 

Why is this post so vague and indecisive? I would never post about something I wouldn't want to push onto you. Read Dear Life if you like short stories + narratives about how woman are ACTUALLY REAL AND COMPLEX PEOPLE, head to Sheila's if you need to stretch your legs at a trendy spot. Brooklyn is getting so anti-coffee-and-chill/work, I am glad this spot opened in the hood.

Exit West

My friend Caroline drags me along (sarcasm, it's my highlight of each month) to incredibly dreamy bookclubs that are well curated + make me read things I would never pick up on my own, LIKE EXIT WEST.  Lately I have noticed that I rarely not obsessed with what I am reading and hardly turn one away (or maybe my friends reading the same books have bad taste + I am always rallying for one they think is a dud) and I hope it's not muddying down my suggestions, but this one- umph, talk about a keeper. 

I have this beautiful habit of waiting until the 72 hours (max) before a bookclub to start the required reading because I feel it will make me love the book even more if I binge on it. I was skeptical at first if I loved Exit West so much because of my weird habitual rule or if I truly loved it for all the great reasons like its amazing character development (SO UNIQUE, SO HEARTBREAKING!) and the fantastic travel log with amazing cultural exposure (MYKONOS, MARIN, LONDON, come on). 

You can read all the articles about how critically acclaimed it is and the outline of the plot, but I'll tell you this: combine a war country with a tiny dash of the rebel-version-of-Handmaids-Tale, add the relationship complexity of Patti Smith's Just Kids or Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, throw in a distant dream about Narnia, and you have one smart and incredible book. Obviously, I strongly suggest it, I miss it already. 

“While they wished to look out for each other, and to keep tabs on each other, staying in touch took a toll on them, serving as an unsettling reminder of a life not lived, and also they grew less worried each for the other, less worried that the other would need them to be happy, and eventually a month went by without any contact, and then a year, and then a lifetime.” 
― Mohsin Hamid, Exit West

Exit West is out in hardback right now and runs 231 pages, I split it up in two solid sit throughs. Here is a great article in the New York Times giving it a thumbs up, and its fantastic for a bookclub that doesn't read fluff. Hope you enjoy it! 

Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner

Last spring I read my first Lisa Gardner novel in a whopping 36 hours, on a pre-release from Dutton Publishing, so when I got wind of a new novel by Gardner releasing this winter, I instantly begged for early access. 

About 50% of my reads are suspense/thriller/mysteries that I buzz through so quickly I can hardly get a full night's sleep, and Right Behind You is one of the top of that expanding list. 

From goodreads.com: 

Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash’s older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: They are all experts on monsters.

Then the call comes in. A double murder at a local gas station, followed by reports of an armed suspect shooting his way through the wilds of Oregon. As Quincy and Rainie race to assist, they are forced to confront mounting evidence: The shooter may very well be Sharlah’s older brother, Telly Ray Nash, and it appears his killing spree has only just begun. 

All she knows for sure: He’s back.

As the clock winds down on a massive hunt for Telly, Quincy and Rainie must answer two critical questions: Why after eight years has this young man started killing again? And what does this mean for Sharlah? Once upon a time, Sharlah’s big brother saved her life. Now, she has two questions of her own: Is her brother a hero or a killer? And how much will it cost her new family before they learn the final, shattering truth? Because as Sharlah knows all too well, the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you. 

If you haven't read anything by Gardner, I would start with this or Find Her, but prepared to get lost in the stacks! After this read, I have officially decided she is now my favorite suspense author. She's the best for a fantastic narrative and a style of shocking twists that easily consumes you. With a growing pile of 'post-Gone-Girl' look-a-likes,  its refreshing to dive into something so original and genuinly enjoyable. 

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Behold the Silent Vegetarian; My Last 10 Reads

This is my second 'catch-up' post of 2016, as I type with my head held low, but since my last post I have consumed 10 (for the most part) fantastic reads that I want to bust through all at once. What a beautiful problem to have; reading too quickly for my hobby-blog to maintain. If you are a GoodReads-Annual-Goal-Obsessor like me, you will know the stress of the final 8 weeks of any year you are trying to reach your reading goal (I am currently on 42/50!) and the ambition of your New Years dreams start dwindling down to reality. Alas, the last 10 reads (in order of date read, not favorite) of 2016 + quick thoughts on each. 

No 1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Giaman

This was technically mostly on audiobook (is this the right platform to debate if that counts as reading or not?) but was super quick, entertaining, and a sweet story. It's narrated by Mr. Gaiman himself- fortunately he has a fantastic voice. The tale follows a young boy growing up with a wild imagination who encounters a neighborhood girl who doesn't age, adventure awaits. 

No 2. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

There is a mass amount of hype around this book right now, and considering it just won the National Book Award for Fiction, I am going to shy away from oversharing my opinion and review of it. I enjoyed it, but wasn't moved + touched as much as apparently the rest of every single person who has read it was. The characters were beautifully developed and the plot moved in a fascinating way, but I didn't miss it when I was done. (Sorry! Trust me, I feel terrible for not loving it more, but it skipped over me.) 


No. 3 The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison

Doy! I read this in 48 hours and while I don't think I would gift it to anyone with a large stamp that says READ THIS!!!!- I still really enjoyed it. A great murder mystery with deception and secrets always drags me in. It was to the point, entertaining, and a generally great October read. If you are riding the train of 'The Next Gone Girl!' you actually will like this one. 

No. 4 The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

I read (audiobook, again) this with my work (FRIENDS, REALLY) bookclub and it was fantastic. Amy is hilarious, her memoirs are so raw + ridiculous, and I genuinly really enjoyed it. She narrates the audiobook and I highly suggest it. **Side note** The week after I finished it, I saw her perform at Madison Square Garden and it was the perfect bookish/comedy timing and moment. 

No. 5 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

OMG everyone that is hating on this- please stop. It took three hours to consume, it pulled in all Hogwarts narration into an odd screenplay with a twist on characters, and it is such a treat to have more about the wizarding world grace our presence. I loved it. But I WILL say that I was annoyed with it being so beefy from a physical standpoint- to carry around a screenplay that could have been 50 pages paperback but was instead 200+ hardback was unnecessary, but obviously would gladly throw some dollars at J.K. Rowling.

No. 6 The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson

I had never even heard of this book (and actually, a few months later + I still haven't met anyone else who has read it yet, either) but got it on Kindle on a whim and am glad I did. It is a fantastic and creepy thriller with some Stockholm Syndrome shit with complex villain action going on. I couldn't put it down and it was unlike most of its kind. If you are looking to be creeped out to the point of not having nightmares but are slightly uncomfortable, this is for you! 

No. 7 All the Missing Girls by Miranda Megan

This is also part of 'The Next Gone Girl!' phenomenon and unfortunately, fell short for me. A murder 20+ years ago is told backwards in present day, which was interesting and unique, but seemed fairly obvious to me and was lacking build-up. Harsh, I know, but probably the roughest to get through on this list. 

No. 8 A Wide Window by Lemony Snicket

I am not going to defend myself here, but let me say one thing: Lemony Snicket is one of the wittiest authors around and this is my attempt at screaming it from the mountain top. Netflix is making an original series based on this series, Series of Unfortunate Events, releasing in February of 2017 + I gotta get through em' all before then. 3/12 down, can't wait for the rest! I love following these three siblings through ridiculous scenarios. and I just heard that Tim Curry narrates the audiobooks- DREAMY! 

No. 9 Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

This was one of my Book of the Month picks that I dove into a few months late (my TBR is piling up more now than ever!) and I will forever remember it because it was the book I was reading during the election and it happens to also be based around immigrants living in NYC, right before Obama was first elected. It's a fantastic read; well developed, unique, interesting, and has wonderfully complex characters. Feeling blue after the election? This is a great pick-me-up. 

No. 10 The Vegetarian by Han Kang

I picked this one up about a year ago right when it came out, with strong intent of reading it right away, so when I finally got to it a solid 12 months later- I was stoked that I thoroughly enjoyed it. I could not put it down and finished it before the second day closed, taking longer Subway routes to get more reading time. It was unconventional and a bit haunting- which has been difficult to describe when I keep trying to pass it on as a suggestion to others, but it was fantastic! The story follows a woman who starts having haunting dreams about meat and quickly becomes a vegetarian, then her life starts to get even more odd. 

I wont let my last 10 books of the year pile up, but I got goals to finish! If you are on GoodReads, let's be friends! 

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

I average about one-of-every-six books as an 'ultimate favorite', so it gets harder as the year presses on to determine my top ten, but I can speak early in confidence that All The Ugly and Wonderful Things is one of my favorites of 2016. Its eerie, completely unique, and hauntingly fascinating. It has been difficult to explain to others as it crosses between a few genres but doesn't necessarily stand along in any as it follows a mystery and very unorthodox relationship that sounds icky but is painted so obviously it feels normal or ordinary. 

From GoodreadsAs the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible "adult" around. She finds peace in the starry Kansas night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer. 


It took me a solid 36 hours to read this (forced to work and sleep, what a shame) and I truly rushed home to gulp it up when I wasn't reading it (or didn't mind taking the subway so I could get more reading in). Instantly after, I stalked the author and every review I could find on it and was shocked it isn't more well know (similar to The Truth of the Harry Quebert Affair- hi!) but I feel it will gain fall traction as its a perfect seasonal read. Thank you BOTM club for picking this or I would have never discovered it, worth every penny! 

100% book hangover. Stop reading about it, and just read it. Trust me.

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

The most recent novel by the beloved Jeffrey Eugenides (author of Middlesex + Virgin Suicides) (recent meaning, 2011- come on Eugenides!) has been sitting on my shelf for a few years, and I finally took it down from its dusty place holder back in September. It follows three post-college-grads through a triangle relationship and perfectly articulates that sticky feeling that is forever looming- 'what am I doing with my life?' with dashes of unrequited love (my favorite!), neurotic family members (another favorite!) and beautiful metaphors on depression and love/admiration.

From goodreads.comIt’s the early 1980s. In American colleges, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels. As Madeleine studies the age-old motivations of the human heart, real life, in the form of two very different guys, intervenes. Leonard Bankhead - charismatic loner and college Darwinist - suddenly turns up in a seminar, and soon Madeleine finds herself in a highly charged erotic and intellectual relationship with him. At the same time, her old friend Mitchell Grammaticus - who’s been reading Christian mysticism and generally acting strange - resurfaces, obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is destined to be his mate.

Over the next year, as the members of the triangle in this spellbinding novel graduate from college and enter the real world, events force them to reevaluate everything they have learned. Leonard and Madeleine move to a biology laboratory on Cape Cod, but can’t escape the secret responsible for Leonard’s seemingly inexhaustible energy and plunging moods. And Mitchell, traveling around the world to get Madeleine out of his mind, finds himself face-to-face with ultimate questions about the meaning of life, the existence of God, and the true nature of love.

Are the great love stories of the nineteenth century dead? Or can there be a new story, written for today and alive to the realities of feminism, sexual freedom, prenups, and divorce? With devastating wit and an abiding understanding of and affection for his characters, Jeffrey Eugenides revives the motivating energies of the novel, while creating a story so contemporary and fresh that it reads like the intimate journal of our own lives.

“Depression is like a bruise that never goes away. A bruise in your mind. You just got to be careful not to touch it where it hurts. It's always there, though.” 
― Jeffrey EugenidesThe Marriage Plot

Despite popular opinion (based on 4/5 people that I know who have read The Marriage Plot), I actually really enjoyed it. My favorite types of books mirror this style; alternate perspectives of the same relationship(s). My main debate is that if you head into this expecting it to be Middlesex, you will be surely disappointed, but you are missing out if that is what stops you from swallowing it up. This story totally stands alone + probably would have been more well-known if Eugenides wrote it under a pen name. If you loved Fates and Furies (LIKE ME!), then pick up this book next. It takes a bit to get into, buts really good. 

Side note: this book takes the cake for best international cover editions. Google it!  

The Girls by Emma Cline

The Girls was truly the Summer Buzz Book, so I was pretty stoked when it was my book club's August pick. The main indicator in how much I love a book is how quickly I gulp it up, and this one went pretty high on the charts- a whopping 36 hours from start to finish- so it earned stamp of approval. Its witty + quick, covers a different perspective from a fascinating crime, and was relatable enough to keep me speeding through it. 

From goodreads.com: Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence, and to that moment in a girl’s life when everything can go horribly wrong.

“That was part of being a girl--you were resigned to whatever feedback you'd get. If you got mad, you were crazy, and if you didn't react, you were a bitch. The only thing you could do was smile from the corner they'd backed you into. Implicate yourself in the joke even if the joke was always on you.” 
― Emma ClineThe Girls

I luhvvvvved this book and it articulated so many main points so perfectly; California living, teenage friendships, unrequited lovers too young, so on. I felt like I was reading Don Drapers daughter's journal of sorts- so many times I imagined the sets of Mad Men in the scenes, the characters moving through the Bay Area as if their families were at home in NYC (or LA!) on set for show about the men of advertising.

Growing up in California, the Manson Murders and stories have lived on through conversations of wonder and fascination (HI TRUE CRIME WEIRDNESS)!, so the perspective of the females of the cult instead of the Charles-like character was so smart and felt new. Add this to the top of your to-read lists, it's pretty great!