Liter-share-y: vol 1.

I love literature in all its many multifaceted forms. Novels. Essays. Fiction. Nonfiction. Short stories. Meditations on string cheese. Anything and everything (besides Ayn Rand, that is). Here's my list of some wonderful, aching, striking pieces of literature I highly recommend. This one is going to be very long- it encompasses my summer reading, much of last year, etc. Enjoy as I did. As Charles Bukowski puts it in his intro to Ask the Dust, "It is now yours."

Books

Jenny Zhang- Sour Heart

Flannery O'Connor- Everything That Rises Must Converge

Roxane Gay- Hunger, Difficult Women

Brad Watson- Miss Jane

Jessica Valenti- Sex Object

Maggie Nelson- The Argonauts

Margaret Atwood- The Blind Assassin

Helen Oyeyemi- What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

Ralph Ellison- Invisible Man

Essays/Longreads

Jennifer Berney- "A Menagerie of Strays"

Jo Ann Beard- "The Fourth State of Matter"

Dylan Tupper Rupert- "Everything Changes All the Time" 

Gabrielle Montesanti- "On Piss"

Emily Ziff Griffin- "Ugly Crying in Public"

Laura Spence-Ash- "Desire Lines"