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2018 Fiction:

Pachinko 

by: Min Jin Lee

A beautiful character-driven epic saga spanning generations of a Korean family living in Japan.  A page-turner!

Asymmetry 

by: Lisa Halliday

Stunning debut novel  — superb writing, sly humor — told in three distinct sections. Metafiction at its best.

The Perfect Nanny

by: Leila Slimani

A psychological thriller even though you know who did it from the opening line.  Exquisitely written exploration of the complexities of motherhood.

An American Marriage

by: Tayari Jones

A heartbreaking tale, partially told in epistolary form, of the demise of a young marriage caused by a false rape charge and subsequent imprisonment of the husband, a black man.  

Florida

by: Lauren Groff

A brilliant collection of short stories where Florida’s environment is as much a character as any of the humans.  Each story highlights alienation as the focal point of the human condition.

White Houses

by: Amy Bloom

A delicious fictionalized account of journalist Lorena Hickok’s love affair with Eleanor Roosevelt.  Funny and tender.

2018 Non-Fiction:

Educated

by: Tara Westover

Far and away the best memoir of 2018.  A harrowing tale of a hardscrabble childhood in a survivalist family rife with physical abuse where the narrator was denied any education.  She goes on to Cambridge and Harvard but loses her family in the process.

Becoming

by: Michele Obama

It’s Michelle so there isn’t much need to say anything else. #Inspirationtonoend.

Good and Mad

by: Rebecca Traister

Hitting the nail on the head about women and rage, which we all know too well.

Sara Berman’s Closet

by: Maira Kalman

Maira Kalman is one of our artistic and humor heroines, and each new book by her is a treasure to be savored.

Small Fry

by: Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Amazingly deft memoir by the incredibly slighted daughter of Steve Jobs.

The Library Book

by: Susan Orlean

We love books, we love libraries, and we love Susan Orlean.

Signs of Resistance: A Visual History of Protest in America

by: Bonnie Siegler

The images collected here are clever, insightful, and ever-relevant. (And, it’s written by a Woolfer!) 

Timeless Faves:

I Feel Bad About My Neck

by: Nora Ephron

How much we miss her voice — this is one of her many wonderful books, and always so good for happy laughs.

Reading Women

by: Stephanie Staal

The Woolfer’s Editor in Chief wrote this fabulous memoir about going back to Barnard as an adult and re-taking Feminism 101. What do those texts say to a 20 year old and then a 40 year old? Find out!

To the Lighthouse

by: Virginia Woolf

The Virginia Woolf novel we tell everyone to read first. But you may need to read it 5x before you get the utter, devastating brilliance of it.

Orlando

by: Virginia Woolf

Her most fanciful novel, and gender-bending before the world knew the term.

Bad Feminist

by: Roxane Gay

Essays  — feminist, cultural, and literary criticism — by one of the best critics around. Political and personal, and also often funny.

Masie Dobbs

by: Jaqueline Winspear

Mystery series set in England during WW I and II featuring Maisie Dobbs, a female detective and psychologist.  Captivating and as delightful as a roaring fire on a rainy day.

 

The Woolfer Newsletter Team
Stephanie Staal and Nina Collins have worked together and adored each other since 1994 when they were both babies in the world of book publishing. Stephanie is a lawyer, journalist, & author of READING WOMEN, and Nina is the founder of "What Would Virginia Woolf Do?" Hillary Richard is also a lawyer and co-host of the Raging Gracefully podcast. Sidney Morss is a recent NYU grad and the youngest member of our team.