It's been a while since I've shared any book recommendations!
Here's six I've enjoyed in the last few months:
1. Heartburn (Nora Ephron) – "Our marriages were tied together. [...] Two of us liked dark meat and two of us liked light meat and together we made a chicken."
2. Lives of Girls and Women (Alice Munro) – "I would stand back against the steps and then run at it with my arms spread passionately, landing deep in fresh hay, still warm, still with its grassy growing smell. It was full of dried flowers—purple and white money-musk, yellow toadflax, little blue flowers nobody knew the name of."
3. House of Light (Mary Oliver) – "Tell me, what else should I have done? / Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon? / Tell me, what is it you plan to do / with your one wild and precious life?"
4. Being Mortal (Atul Gawande) – "In the end, people don’t view their life as merely the average of all of its moments—which, after all, is mostly nothing much plus some sleep. For human beings, life is meaningful because it is a story."
5. Bad Feminist (Roxane Gay) – "I would rather be a bad feminist than no feminist at all."
6. The Paying Guests (Sarah Waters) – "She visited the WC, she laid the table for breakfast; she took the milk-can out to the front garden, put it to hang beside the gate. But when she had returned to the house and was lowering the gas in the hall she noticed a light still shining under her mother's door."
If you've read anything great recently, I'd love to hear about it.