Claire's Picks Summer 2017

I wasn't sure I'd ever be able to read again after Bluets, which pretty much destroyed me with its intellect and emotion but I dusted myself off and got straight back on with Zinzi Clemmons's What We Lose, a novel of youth and family and race and what it means to belong. I can't believe it has taken me my entire adult life to read Kathy Acker - and I'm hopelessly trying to imagine what the teenage me would have made of Blood and Guts in High School, a radical mind-bending underground classic, recently republished by Penguin (NICE ONE, PENGUIN). Once Kathy has broken my brain I'll swap it for some heartbreak by reading Pages for Her, the sequel to the beautiful, spare Pages for You and fall in love all over again. SWOON.

In between all of which I will continue to dip in and out of There are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé by Morgan Parker.

Oh and at the risk of being a book tease, look out for Devotion by Patti Smith, in September.

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Maggie Nelson

From the publisher:

A raw, cerebral work devoted to the inextricability of pleasure and pain, and to the question of what role, if any, aesthetic beauty can play in times of great heartache or ...


Blood and Guts in High School

Kathy Acker

From the publisher:

‘Acker gives her work the power to mirror the reader’s soul’ William S. Burroughs ‘Kathy Acker’s writing is virtuoso, maddening, crazy, so sexy, so painful, and ...


There are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce

Morgan Parker

From the publisher:

‘This is a marvelous book. See for yourself. Morgan Parker is a fearlessly forward and forward-thinking literary star.’ Terrance Hayes Morgan Parker’s highly ...


What We Lose

Zinzi Clemmons

From the publisher:

A short, intense and profoundly moving debut novel about race, identity, sex and death – from one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35



Patti Smith

From the publisher:

From the renowned artist and author Patti Smith, an inspired exploration of the nature of creative invention