I felt so-so about Norma by Sofi Oksanen. It involves a woman who has hair with supernatural properties - it grows abnormally fast, senses danger, seems to have a personality of its own, and more.


Chemistry is an interesting, short novel by Weike Wang following an unnamed PhD chemistry student for about year and half during her 'what am I going to do with my life' mid-twenties crisis. During the novel, the narrator comes to terms with her depression - without ever really admitting she's depressed.

Hillbilly Elegy

This is a memoir by J.D. Vance who grew up poor in Ohio, with family originally from the Appalachia area of Tennessee. In short, he had a pretty shitty childhood involving a revolving door of step-fathers.  He joined the marines after high school, then graduated from Ohio State, and went on to Yale Law School.

Scribe of Siena

I loved this booked! It’s a time travel novel where Beatrice, a neurologist, goes to modern day Siena. She ends up finding a journal of a painter who lived during the plague and reading it causes her to time travel into the past where she meets the painter and becomes a scribe at a convent.

Happy City

Charles Montgomery wrote this cool non-fiction book on what makes a city a happy one.  Or more really how can we design cities to make people happy.

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