12 Brilliant Books You Can Read in a Weekend
There’s something for everyone in this diverse collection of novels, memoir, and nonfiction and each book can be devoured, cover-to-cover, in 48 hours.
Department of Speculation, by Jenny Offill
“There is still such crookedness in my heart,” muses Offill’s thoughtful protagonist, The Wife. “I had thought loving two people so much would straighten it.” The Department of Speculation is a short and experimental novel that tells the story of a marriage, motherhood, and so much more. Her ruminations are as fragmented and deeply honest as a diary. This is a tale that finds its magic in the mundane nature of the daily grind, and puts it into a beautiful perspective: Life is luminous if you can keep your eyes open, and take the time to value your own experiences and observations.
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The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery
Renée is a building super in a bourgeois Paris apartment building who lives a quiet life in Paris with her cat and her daily tasks. She’s curmudgeonly and reclusive and set in her ways. Her 12-year-old neighbor, Paloma, is a precocious adolescent who doesn’t understand boundaries very well. Throw the new handsome and wealthy Japanese tenant Ozu into the mix and extraordinary things begin to happen for everyone. This is a lovely and elegant translation from the French that’s impossible to put down.
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