Because thank you for your lists, every highbrow media type, but all of those books are depressing. Here are five great books I read in 2016 that might make you want to keep living, too.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Because she is the only writer other than J.K. Rowling who doesn’t think young people are stupid.

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth Mckenzie. Because her spare, funny, odd writing style will bewitch you. imagine Lukas Moodysson, novelist.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, for running the breadth of 20th century Russian history without boring us for one second.

You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein. Because she is dreadful at making plans, but reading this book is exactly like spending time with her.

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub. Because it is Thirtysomething. and because her writing feels so effortless you think you can do it too (you can’t).


I’m so sad about Michigan.

In addition to the plans I’ve made to donate and volunteer for national organizations, I’ve been thinking about Michigan. I love Michigan, I have faith in Michigan, and I absolutely took it for granted we’d vote blue, like we always do. It broke my heart when that didn’t happen. Read More