Biblio File: What to Read Now — July 2020

Photo: Erin Attkisson

We Recommend: A Great Escape

Hollywood Park book cover.

Hollywood Park, Mikel Jollett, ’96; Celadon Books. Child of the Synanon cult, Stanford alum, journalist and lead singer of the Airborne Toxic Event, Jollett proffers the antidote to boredom.

The Resisters book cover.

The Resisters, Gish Jen, Gr. ’80; Knopf. Welcome to AutoAmerica, a dystopia that’s strangely familiar and just as unsettling, where too many are born with three strikes against them. 

Camp Girls: Fireside Lessons on Friendship, Courage, and Loyalty book cover.

Camp Girls: Fireside Lessons on Friendship, Courage, and Loyalty, Iris Krasnow, ’76; Grand Central Publishing. What better time to reminisce about the tippy canoes, sticky songs and sweet freedom of summer camp?

The Collected Schizophrenias book cover.

The Collected Schizophrenias, Esmé Weijun Wang, ’05; Graywolf Press. Catch a prismatic glimpse into a life fueled by a desire to achieve and colored by, Wang says, “the archetypal disorder of lunacy.”

Places I’ve Taken My Body book cover.

Places I’ve Taken My Body, Molly McCully Brown, ’12; Persea Books. It’s tempting to finish the book in one go, but don’t. This poet’s essays on moving through life with cerebral palsy are worth savoring.