The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017

Editor: Sarah Vowell (introduction) Type: Fiction, non-fiction, short stories, essays, comics, poetry, memoir Published: 2017 I read it: November 2017 If 2016 was the volume that felt like a last big inhale before American politics crashed down at the end of that year, then this year’s BANR collection is the painful exhale, reading like a…

Unfamiliar Fishes

Author: Sarah Vowell Type: Non-fiction, single subject Published: 2011 I read it: December 2015 I received a free copy of this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. For many years, one of my unfamiliar fishes was this type of narrative historical non-fiction. But after trying out authors like Erik Larson and Nathaniel Philbrick, I’ve seen…