Anje enjoys reading, gardening, attempting to fix her truck, incrementally honing her skateboarding skills, and trying to convince her old dog to go on hikes.
Oh Eileen. You are antisocial, you are untrustworthy, you are selfish and self-hating at the same time. You are obsessive, you are put-upon. The way you live your life makes my skin crawl.
So why do I love you so much? -Anje
The last sentence of this book gave me shivers. In addition, it contains a short chapter written from the perspective of a small bat that is so achingly, hauntingly beautiful it made my heart hurt.
And now I want to go to Nigeria, but I think I'll stay away from the water. -Anje
Ann Leckie writes sci-fi with the same sense of justice as Octavia Butler and Ursula Le Guin, with the addition of action sequences and space battles that I can only pray I will one day get to see on the big screen. Already read and loved the first two, but concerned that Leckie won't stick the landing? Don't worry, she does. -Anje
This is an epic and eloquent story about a chronically underestimated boy, a fierce bandit girl, a brave young wolf, and an ancient feral magic. Kelly Barnhill writes about magic in a way that I've never seen before, and it is utterly spellbinding. -Anje
Hands down the best writing I've ever found on hoarding. Written with respect, empathy, and wit, this book is a must read for anyone affected by hoarding or merely interested in the pull that physical objects have on all of us. Frost and Steketee obviously hold their patients in high regard, and it shows in the frank self-examinations that make up so much of this phenominal book. -Anje
Jesse Bering has written possibly the best book about human sexuality that I've ever read. Copiously researched, scientifically solid, and written in eminently accessible (and entertaining) language, this book is a must read for anyone who has ever felt even a twinge of shame about sex. Yes, that means you. -Anje
Snowman spends his days remembering a world dominated by multinational corporations. Ever since the pandemic his only companions are dangerous genetically engineered hybrid animals, and a tribe of herbivorous humans created in a lab that look to him for guidance. -Anje
Nate Powell makes comics for all those whose hearts this world is too small to hold. "Any Empire" is an uncomfortable yet all to familiar coming of age tale that examines war and the youthful fantasies of violence that it inspires. -Anje
"Who can say I'm not a good mother? Who can say I don't read the subject heading in the books? The HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR CHILD IF THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO ONE WITH ANY PRIMAL KNOWLEDGE AROUND TO GUIDE YOU GUIDES. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN THERE IS NO RECEIVED WISDOM WHATSOEVER. I keep them in an out-of-the-way drawer, like porn."
Smart. Scathing. Terrifying. A must read. -Anje
Possibly one of the best portrayals of schizophrenia that I've ever seen. (At least from someone who isn't schizophrenic.) This story of two step-siblings, both of whom are dealing with mental illness, is as frustrating and heartbreaking as they come. Channelled through the prism of Powell's stark yet smothering illustrations, this book is perfect. -Anje
Though it is a slim volume, I recommend resisting the urge to read this book in one sitting. Originally written as individual arguments, Solnit's essays are a pleasure to read and sift through. Her writing about the silencing of women is sure to fill some readers with a kind of nauseous recognition, but in the end Solnit's is a voice that lights up the darkness. -Anje
Having to patiently endure your child's potty talk phase is agonizing enough, but there is nothing worse than UNINFORMED POTTY TALK. Shinta Cho believes that knowledge is power, and that it should be conveyed via ultra-cute drawings. -Anje
As a former pre-school teacher, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of teaching your child how their body actually works. With clear language and adorable illustrations, this book is ingenius in its simplicity. -Anje
Carol Ruckdeschel is a woman who has never allowed her heart to be crushed into submission, who faces off with powerful people that seek to desecrate Cumberland Island, and who refuses to let their success echo through her compliance. -Anje
A totally gripping, intelligently written sci-fi police procedural/mystery that explores the themes of physical disability and bodily autonomy. I cannot recommend this enough. Never read sci-fi or Scalzi? Start with this. -Anje
Lydia Millet notices everything. Her tersely cogent observations about our culture stopped me in my tracks over and over again as I read this darkly hilarious book. I want to be her best friend. -Anje
This book is pithy, satisfyingly stressful, and has made me want to study math and chemistry more than any class or lecture I've ever attended. Read it, then have your kid read it. -Anje
You've done it again, McBride. I thought I'd reached my snarky/irreverent/cleverly-modified-to-meet-my-bizarre-tastes magical creature quota after your second book, BUT NO! You had this hidden up your sleeve just waiting to distract me from daily responsibilities... -Anje
A richly written heroine's journey. Employing beautiful, exhuberant language, Valente introduces us to a girl who builds a ship, saves a boy, frees a dragon, and liberates a world from the tyranny of a despotic queen. ALL children must read this. -Anje
A compellingly written, painstakingly researched history of one of the most ubiquitous weapons ever made. A fascinating comparison of Soviet vs. American approaches to weapons development, and their very human consequences. -Anje
Do you like witty banter, scathing pop culture references, and vengeful supernatural entities with both class and style? Of course you do, read this book. -Anje
A fascinating true tale of bravery, adventure, and the social contract between humans and animals. There are passages in this book that made my heart sing. -Anje
I picked this up while lurking at another bookstore, and ended up having to buy it because I could not live with myself if I didn't finish it that night. Meticulously researched (with footnotes!), totally over the top, and not for the easily squeamish (unless you're into that). -Anje