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A Thousand Selves by Laura Raphael

*This article is adapted from Laura’s One Small Good Thing blog, a project this past spring in which she asked librarians to notice “one small good thing” per day for a month.

This is going to sound unnecessarily dark, but once, years ago, my therapist asked if I was having suicidal thoughts. "No," I answered. Then, "Well, yes, sort of? Like, I think about how great it would be not to be myself anymore. Not to be dead, exactly, but to wake up and just be some different person."

(Women) Writers on (Women) Writing by Rebecca Howard

I’m still holding fast to my decision to no longer use the term “Women’s Fiction” when describing a particular style of writing that typically focuses on relationships among spouses, partners, friends, and/or family members.  It’s a reductive and somewhat condescending descriptor that pigeon holes certain writers.  Meg Wolitzer elaborated eloquently about this very topic in the New York Times Book

Read Like a (Mad) Man by Laura Raphael

It has become commonplace recently to compare certain television dramas to great literature – and with such brooding, character-driven and thematically rich shows as Breaking Bad, The Americans, and Mad Men, I get it.

All Apologies by Rebecca Howard

Jonathan Dee is one of those rare authors who can effortlessly combine an engrossing, page-turning pace together with thoughtful, nuanced insight into his characters.  It’s no exaggeration to say that I voraciously devoured his most recent novel, A Thousand Pardons.  Dee is also insanely skillful at writing about timely issues and

People by Rebecca Howard

Whenever my spouse asks me what the book I’m reading is about, it is a running joke that I will respond with “people.” Generally speaking, I prefer books with a strong emphasis on characters as opposed to plot, so it’s always a little difficult to describe what I am reading.  If others disparage a book by saying “nothing happens,” chances are I will love it.  I enjoy reading about the inner world of characters and following how they navigate their ways in the world.  Books that explore the sometimes surprising, often messy, nature of human relationships are among my favorites. 

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