what I read in May 2020

All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman
I read this on a recommendation from a friend and it was a good recommendation. It’s unusual and funny and I was still thinking about it a week later, which is really rare for me.
Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books by Nina Freudenberger
See? I’m not the only one with A LOT of books.
Edible DIY: Simple, Giftable Recipes to Savor and Share by Lucy Baker
Some nice, easy ideas.
Everything Chocolate by America’s Test Kitchen
I want to make every single thing in this book.
Grow Food For Free by Huw Richards (Audiobook)
Worth listening to just for his Welsh accent, but lots of good advice for gardening on a budget.
Lean Out by Tara Henley
A strange book. After working herself into the ground for a couple decades, the author takes three years off to discover she needs to rest more, get fresh air and eat properly. She refuses to do any internal work on her difficulties with life (she dismisses meditation as a “life hack”) and focuses only on her conviction that all modern problems stem from a lack of community. For some reason, all of this is interspersed with long passages about all the travelling she’s done. I’m glad she feels better, but I didn’t relate.
Planting the Natural Garden by Henk Gerritsen and Piet Oudolf
A really good resource I’d like to own.
Shetland by Ann Cleeves
Beautiful photography.
Simple Farmhouse Life by Lisa Bass
I’m always skeptical when I flip through books of perfect homes decorated by perfect women with fifteen perfect children, but who knows? Maybe she only needs an hour of sleep a day.
Talking to Strangers by Marianne Boucher
My first graphic novel, I think. The author visits California as a teenager and is swept up into the Moonies cult. I identified more with her parents, of course, who must have been terrified.
Untamed by Glennon Doyle (Audiobook)
I almost gave up on this one several times because I found her introspection and need to talk about how much she loves her wife kind of tedious, but it picked up a bit when she got into what women can do for ourselves and each other and society at large.
Why We Can’t Sleep: Women’s New Midlife Crisis by Ada Calhoun
A book for and about the women of Generation X. Like me. Excellent.

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