Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

Feels like: reading a Wes Anderson film; all Kodachrome pastels, eccentric observations and quirky inner dialogue. Song pairing: โ€œWaterโ€ by Sudan Archives ๐Ÿ—บโ€œMy love for my mother is like an axe. It cuts very deep.โ€๐Ÿ—บ Hot Milk takes us on a very strange, very character-driven journey through a motherโ€™s hypochondria, and a daughterโ€™s desperate desire […]

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Marlena by Julie Buntin

Feels like: reflecting on the female friendships that have shaped you while reading your “On This Day” feed on Facebook. Sounds like: “Glass” by Daughter ๐Ÿ‘ฏโค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฏย  “I made it out, just like I wanted, and not once have I stopped looking back.”ย  ๐Ÿ‘ฏโค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฏ Marlena is one of the best books I’ve read in 2017. Iโ€™ve […]

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Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami

Feels like: when your best friend tells you stories about someone she used to know. Song pairing: “Nobody Else Will Be There” by The National ๐Ÿš˜๐Ÿš–๐Ÿš—๐Ÿš™๐Ÿš•๐Ÿš™๐Ÿš—๐Ÿš–๐Ÿš˜๐Ÿš–๐Ÿš™๐Ÿš—๐Ÿš˜๐Ÿš–๐Ÿš˜ “It wasn’t easy,” Kafuku said, “It made me think things I would prefer to have ignored. Remember things I would rather have forgotten. But I was acting. That is […]

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Final Girls by Riley Sager

Feels like: A really fun episode of the podcast My Favorite Murder, but less real life murder and more slumber party murder.ย  Song pairing: โ€œCasketsโ€ by Party Favor & NJOMZA ย ๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ”ช โ€œAnyhow,โ€ Janelle said, โ€œthey said the spirits of these Indians haunt the woods, ready to kill any white man they see. So watch your […]

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Long Black Veil by Jennifer Boylan

Feels like: Opening up a cheesy Hardy Boys book at the library and finding a heartfelt Post Secret postcard. Song pairing: “Mirror” by The Drums ๐Ÿ–คโ€œThere was a sadness to her, but then, you donโ€™t get to be a fifty-seven-year-old woman without bearing some sorrow. Really, if there wasnโ€™t any melancholy in your heart by […]

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Feels like: When everybody said “There’s no way that would actually happen!” and then it actually happened. Song pairing: “Til It Happens To You” by Lady Gaga The Handmaidโ€™s Tale was a book on the summer reading list in high school that I never got to read. But looking back at the subject matter that […]

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