See What I Have Done
If you ever thought Lizzie Borden was framed, you’ll dig See What I Have Done (Atlantic Monthly Press), Sarah Schmidt’s recasting of one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time.
You Play the Girl
If Hollywood’s treatment of women leaves you wanting, you’ll find good, heady company in Carina Chocano’s essay collection, You Play the Girl (Mariner). Why, Chocano asks, does the ingenue have to choose between marriage and death?
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Arbitrary Stupid Goal
If 1970s Greenwich Village is a magical place and time for you, read Tamara Shopsin’s memoir, Arbitrary Stupid Goal (MCD). One letter between Shop- sin’s parents: “Kenny, I love you! Please stop being angry at me. I promise never to put gum in your armpit again. I can’t sleep without you. Eve.”
If road trips transport you, jump into Sara Taylor’s dazzling novel The Lauras (Hogarth), about a mother and gender-fluid child discovering each other. “I’ll tell you everything once we’re out of here,” Ma tells Alex. “You can’t keep a secret to save your life, kid. It shows all over your face.”
This article originally appears in the August 2017 issue of ELLE.