Dark at the Crossing by Elliot AckermanStuck with me for weeks. Read it. I learned a ton. Girls and Sex by Peggy Orenstein Run, don't walk! Trial by Fire by Gerry Spence When I bought this book, I did what I do every time I buy a book by Hollinghurst: I holed up in bed, ignored my family, and cried when it was over. An Untamed State by Roxane Gay I have lots of favorites, but she is really stupendous. I read it because I admire its structure and was hoping to steal it. The Daughter of Time by Josephine TeyAnother reread. The Gustav Sonata by Rose TremainTremain is a remarkably accomplished writer and here she’s on the top of her game. The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermottAnother terrific novel by one our best. Fun! (Those writers who say they don't read so that they aren't "influenced by other writers' style?" It will win the Pulitzer for sure. The Mars Room by Rachel KushnerRachel Kushner has done something astonishing with this novel. Girl at War by Sara Novi´c Over and over again. Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzieGood book, but I fucking hate squirrels. Berkeley writer Ayelet Waldman has found a novel way to help East Bay restaurants and hospital workers at the same time: buying food from one to give to the other. The Nix by Nathan HillI enjoyed this book very much, but I can't for the life of me remember anything about it now. I can't believe it. Brilliant! And that's all I can remember. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn WardA marvel. A sequel to Life After Life. Like all of Gowdy's work, it will subtly change how you look at the everyday. Incredibly fascinating. The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham Read this with a friend so you can sob together. My book is kicking my ass so hard that I think one of the reasons I’m still in this business is because I get to read books like this. 232 Likes, 49 Comments - Ayelet Waldman (@ayeletw) on Instagram: “I am in the midst of an endless curly product testing phase because of the horrors of the #devacurl…” A delivery from Best Coast Burritos arrived to Kaiser Hospital in Oakland on April 3. Off the hook, and I despise young narrators as a rule! This has been a strange couple of months of reading, as I try to figure out what my next project will be. I've been reading plenty, just not updating. I wonder if there are others out there who had the same experience over the past long, unhappy months. The story, too. Buy it NOW. See if you can guess based on some of the books in this list what I'm working on! Purity by Jonathan Franzen A fun, quick read. Courtesy of Ayelet Waldman FeedER started with a lunch, and a plea to support local business. Amazing first half. The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr Poignant and funny, beautifully written. I've all but given up my primary solace, the reading of novels. At least there were no fucking good Germans. I'm ashamed of myself. I so much prefer to read an actual book. Ayelet Waldman is a novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and activist, but to many she is best known as the author of a Times piece, from 2005, in which she stated that she was more in … Waldman said she got an email from a local restaurateur asking people to order takeout to help support the business during "shelter in place" policies prohibiting usual dine-in options. My friends Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon live in a shingled Berkeley Craftsman bungalow that reminds me of my days as the child of local radicals. This swept me away. Sort of a horror science fiction thing. Underground Airlines by Ben H. WintersHow much do you think it sucks to publish this the same year that Colson publishes Underground Railroad? And since my new novel is sprawling, I needed some of his. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders As I've sort of toggled back and forth between ideas, my reading has shifted, too. God, I hate books about spirituality. I’m a writer and a former criminal defense attorney, and I live in Berkeley, California with my husband and my four kids. Mischling by Affinity KonarThis book is terrifying and really good. (my blurb!). Read it! Hourglass by Dani ShapiroToo, too, too close to home. Seriously fucking weird. But I didn't need to, because he wrote this incredible, weird, delicious book instead. Fantastic. Swing Time by Zadie Smith Author of A Really Good Day She's a master and this is masterly, though the bit with the dogs seemed sort of tacked on. Us by David Nicholls I don't get anywhere near enough sleep and neither do you. The female cop is one of the best characters I've ever read. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue The Folded Clock by Heidi Julavits The best book about the horrors of the Palestinian occupation that I've read in a very very long time. The Regeneration Trilogy are three of my favorite books of all time. His best book, I think. The most fun reading all summer. Sometimes I read to learn facts, but mostly I read to learn about structure, to be inspired by the way other, better writers do things. Tragic. The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon My husband is - bar none - the best writer in the English language. All the Dirty Parts by Daniel HandlerSo dirty! Manhattan Beach by Jennifer EganThis book is magnificent. Kept putting it down, not sure why. How to Say Goodbye by Wendy MacNaughtonThis book is gorgeous and beautiful and sad and ... everything. By and large I've been searching for book that have interesting, unusual structures, making use of alternative media. Fun. It didn't really work for me, but that's just personal. Funny how I remember the search through the files as this protracted puzzle solved by extraordinary wit and tenacity. Lives Other Than My Own by Emmanuel CarréreI just love the way he plays with the concept of memoir. Weird and wonderful. I've been doing what you've been doing, I expect. Juicy and maddening in the best way. How does she write so quickly and so beautifully? There is not doubt this is well written and charming. Brilliant writer. He's hilarious. I was tempted to quit, but I still get periodic requests for updates and thank yous from readers, so I'll keep going, even though I'm demoralized at the data loss. She's incredible. If you like to read fluff at the beach, say, this is ideal. You might have your favorites, too, but I stand by mine. There's her delightful "Mommy-Track" murder-mystery series, her cool … A little hard going for me. But I've kept up this book log for so long! LSD: My Problem Child by Albert Hofmann The Animators by Kayla Rae WhitakerA book about art and artists. Random, even. All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews EisslerThe author is completely obsessed and his theories are nuts, but it's fascinating. This is the best novel about California I've read in I don't know how long. Ugh. Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 by Francine Prose I really did. His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae BurnetThis book is so freakin’ good. Wolf Season by Helen BenedictThe author has such a compassionate and yet clear-eyed understanding of the myriad costs of war. The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota So real! Waldman … Author of A Really Good Day Remarkable. So she opens the vial, places two drops on her tongue, and joins the ranks of an underground, but increasingly vocal group of scientists and civilians successfully using therapeutic microdoses of LSD. Ayelet Waldman's New Book Is More Than a Holocaust Novel It would be a mistake to call Love and Treasure a Holocaust novel, although it is that, too. Blew my mind. What Comes Next and How to Like It by Abigail Thomas Just couldn't get into this, The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida Amazing. Ayelet Waldman is a former federal public defender, current adjunct professor at UC Berkeley Law School, and a bestselling author. More than anything, this is a tale of hope and the unbreakable spirit of a people, the transformative power of love and the miracle of … The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard I want the sequel! But I don't think he'd mind, given the delightful games he plays with fiction and nonfiction. Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart How did I, a person who hates the world of finance so much, have such an absolute blast reading this terrific novel? Chabon and Ayelet … Instagram; Shop "… I found myself searching out other detectives who had already proven themselves boon companions. Complicated and difficult but worth persevering. I always enjoy a juicy gothic. Surfing wildly through the internet, panicking. To say he is an inspiration is so completely trite, but so completely true. Fun, but I wanted a little more Stephen King in the ending. This book is great, though I admit that I didn't rush to read it every day. Super Sushi Ramen Express by Michael BoothWe're going to Japan!!! Amazing as ever. It's phenomenal. Hilarious and tragic all at once. I mean, I'm demoralized at the fucking world right now, so what else is new? Other related Hebrew choices with the same meaning are Aya and Ayala. Excellent though so fucking bleak. I can't bear that I have to wait a year for the final installment. I can't bring myself to part with it. Black Hearts by Jim Frederick This incredibly story of what can go desperately wrong in war riveted me. It was an unexpected delight. The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel LevyI gobbled this up in a couple of hours! Who cares if you're into music? The One-Hour Drama Series: Producing Episodic Television by Robert Del ValleIncredibly helpful, both for the show I’m working on now and the ones I hope to be working on soon. I love it. The March by E.L. Doctorow 12K likes. That is one of the most important places from which inspiration comes. God Help the Child by Toni MorrisonPlease let Ms. Morrison keep writing for a few more years at least! Read for work. Husband and Wife by Zeruya Shalev Well used in Israel, the name was taken from the phrase 'ayelet hashachar', meaning 'gazelle of dawn', the morning star. The powerpoint knocked my socks off. I did. Lovely novel. Dinner at the Center of the Earth by Nathan EnglanderHis best yet. If I'd had a full month there, I would likely have come home with a solid first draft. Terrific stories. Ghostwritten by David MitchellMitchell is probably one of my favorite writers. But this book is really great! Euphoria by Lily King A Sliver of Light by Shane Bauer, Joshua Fatal and Sarah Shourd Astonishing story, very well told. The book is devastatingly beautiful. And another after that. I could have used another 100 pages though. I wonder if the fact that I've totally sworn off Twitter except to post links has anything to do with that? The Israel stuff left me cold. Still, Shepard managed to bring me in and blow my mind. Night Film by Marishal Pessl It's that good! Transcription by Kate AtkinsonTwisty and weird and wonderful, like all the best Kate Atkinson novels. Yesterday my novel in progress went from being 150 pages to being 8 pages. A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore Our place on nearby Grant Street was furnished in the requisite hippie style of the day; perhaps that’s why, when I first had dinner at their house, I fell in love with it; it was as if I had slipped into some sort of alternate childhood. To Alexandra Pelosi, the award-winning filmmaker and daughter of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rome is burning in flames of unabashed narcissism; gleeful consumerism; an unchecked pandemic; and the gaping fault lines of race, class, gender and partisanship.And that was before the 2020 election! Band of Sisters; American Women at War in Iraq by Kirsten Holmstedt Interesting stories. The Hundred Year House by Rebecca Makkai The Association of Small Bombs by Karan MahajanRich and complicated and tragic. High Dive by Jonathan LeeYesterday I spent the day ignoring my work and my family, because I couldn't look up from the pages of this book. Stay with Me by Ayobami AdebayoFinding an excellent new novelist is a joy. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Harder for me to focus on. April 17, 2018 Ayelet Waldman. Terrific. An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine Exit West by Mohsin HamidSomehow Mohsin managed even before this horrific election to write exactly the book we would all need to meet. Very British. The Mare by Mary GaitskillA wonderful novel by a master of the form. The diving stuff? Bay Area novelist Ayelet Waldman began with a … From Broken Glass: My Story of Finding Hope in Hitler's Death Camps to Inspire a New Generation by Steve RossI don’t understand how this man managed to bring so much joy and optimism to his life after experiencing what he did in the Holocaust. She has given us the life of a woman in prison in a way that is not merely accurate but true in every way. My reading has been focused on my new novel, which has gone through various transformations. White is for Witching by Helen OyeyemiMy daughter's absolute favorite book! Though reading is my greatest pleasure, nowadays I mostly read books that have something to do with what I'm working on. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain A few years ago I was reading Pro Publica, one of my favorite news magazines,…” • See 1,041 photos and videos on their profile. Also, Donald Trump is president, so I would much rather live in the world of fiction than reality. Little Sister by Barbara GowdyThis book is weird and wonderful. Glorious sentences. I can only imagine how much this book cost to produce. It's rare that a book is so fascinating, so emotionally compelling and so beautiful that I literally can't put it down. What has it brought us besides Donald Trump? I was distracted by the music (I'm not so into music) but whatever. Nutshell by Ian McEwanI would read McEwan's grocery list. I just whipped through this. I usually find that their style is in dire need of positive influence.) My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name and Those who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante It was quite nearly unbearable to live for long with these astonishing and astonishingly vile characters. Why didn't I reread this a decade ago? This has been a weird and stressful summer, both personally and in terms of the various cataclysms in the world. Couldn't put it down. Pamela Nadell: Our American Jewish Matriarchs - 20210315 18:30:00 Abigail Franks was pressing for the modernization of American Judaism even before George The Adversary by Emmanuel CarréreThe accent is in the wrong direction on his name, I know. A massive leap forward for Rabih. I will have to steal everything in it and pretend I’ve stolen nothing. Preorder it now. The Perfect Nanny by Leila SlimaniScared the living shit out of me. I'm so completely over the Holocaust novel featuring the innocent child. Prepare to be devastated. On Immunity by Eula Biss The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis It’s magical. 17 by Edan LepuckiThis will totally knock your socks off. New People by Danzy SennaHilarious and moving and everything you would expect form a Senna novel. A remarkable feat of research and empathy. Asymmetry by Lisa HallidayShe's a terrific writer and this is a wonderful first novel. "— Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times He's brilliant and this book is marvelous. Ayelet Waldman is an Israeli-American novelist and essayist. I still loved this novel upon rereading, but its portrayal of Black characters disturbed me slightly. I fear this is because I can’t seem to figure out what I’m writing. I've been reading a ton of fiction. The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante Victor Tausk's Suicide by K.R. Ashley's War by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr Insanely awesome. She's such an amazing writer. I picked it up, I put it down. To do so in prose that is at once elegant and raw takes great talent. We That Are Left by Clare Clark It may be the best book in the world. I also hate books about the counter culture. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman AlexieBroke my heart into pieces. Ambitious, accomplished. This one was purely for pleasure. And please pay full price. At first I was utterly blown away. The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth StroutElizabeth Strout is one of my favorite writers. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret AtwoodAnother reread, because for a moment I thought I might write a dystopian novel. A good, fast, entertaining read. I find it disturbing that I disagreed with so much in this book. And Juliet Applebaum, the perpetually worn-out 'self-employed mother' in Ayelet Waldman's witty 'Mommy-Track' mysteries, came through. 12K likes. And now, more than ever, I need comfort. Love. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper I turned the last page at dawn. Read this book if you haven’t yet. Future Home of the Living God by Louise ErdrichHow does she do it? There's just too much good TV out there. Then for another week I wrote and read. Lincoln at the Bardo by George SaundersI struggled with this because of the placement of the dialogue tags after the sections. It’s a slice of life that’s so foreign and so delicious. Ayelet Waldman, Berkeley, CA. It's the fault of the times. I've come to the conclusion that in this realm, less is more. I fucking LOVED this novel. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe I was deeply afraid the ending would be sappy, but it wasn't. I hate that I'm missing books! Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf Things don’t happen for reasons, people don’t act in ways that make sense. Unlike anything I've ever read. I kept losing track of the story. (The two also happen to be married.) The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel Her books include Love and Treasure, Daughter’s Keeper, and A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life. Days Without End by Sebastian BarryI am writing a Western television show, and this remarkable book landed on my lap. The Golden House by Salman RushdieI love a long, juicy Rushdie novel. 12K likes. The Sparsholt Affair by Alan HollinghurstAgain, I think this might be one of my favorite writers. Rereading every bit as fabulous as the first time. Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millet It's her best. I loved this. The Unfortunates by Sophie McManus This hasn't happened once in the decade since I started keeping this log, but somehow the pile of "read" books got put back onto the bookshelves! I want to read that, not the latest Trump calamity. The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay GouldOne shouldn't read Baron-Cohen without first fortifying oneself with Gould. Facebook is just as bad. The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro TanizakiOne of my favorite books that I’ve read in the past year or so. As Waldman charts her experience over the course of a month-- bursts of productivity, sleepless nights, a newfound sense of equanimity--she also explores the history and mythology of LSD, the cutting-edge research into the drug, and the byzantine policies that control it. The Female Persuasion by Meg WolitzerAll I ever want to do is live in the worlds that Meg creates. Family Life by Akhil Sharma A gorgeous book. Samaritan by Richard Price My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff Life Would be Perfect if I Lived in that House by Meghan Daum In this episode of Insights at the Edge, […] Anyway, this is what I've been reading. I adore this book. Tore my heart out by the roots. All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister That in and of itself is a miracle. Ayaan Hirsi Ali: The Sexual Violence Even the #Metoo Movement Won’t Discuss - 20210210 18:30:00 Over the past five years, European cities have been wracked by A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor TowlesVery sweet. This aching and lovely memoir of a lost world by a man who went on to kill himself seems tragically appropriate to the times. But then I got the audiobook and now I understand that it’s a MASTERPIECE. I feel like I am always, always reading but this is evidence to the contrary. This book is marvelously researched and heartbreaking. Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont A reread, every bit as amazing the second time around. Photo: Courtesy of Beth Chan and Colleen Paz. So here's another update! Somehow being on a plane makes me gaga and I stare mindlessly at the TV screen rather than dip into a good book. Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively A galley came across my desk. But I'm not sure how this is a novel and not a short story. Love My Rifle More than You by Kayla Williams Insight into a women's experience in the US Army. Which leaves me trying hopelessly to recreate the past few months' reading. Can you guess what it is, based on this month's reading? Incredible. What is … This book is fabulous. The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff I am more panicked than I have ever been in my literary career. Once again I find myself reading for work (as ever). The World of Yesterday by Stefan Zweig I bought this in an airport when I was about to leave for a lonely trip, and it made me feel like I had company. Not remotely fair, I know.). The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria by Alia Malek So full of fascinating and tragic detail. The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman I loved it! If so, talk about a win, win, win, win situation. It makes me wonder why we don't publish more short stories as little books. Quick and fun. So fucking annoying. Ayelet Waldman, Berkeley, CA. 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