Every Book I’ve Read Since the Election
Nicole Dieker

I’ve also been doing a lot of reading to take a news break. Reading just feels like all I want to do right now. Two to recommend in particular: this weekend I zipped through Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth and then devoured Live Alone and Like It by Marjorie Hillis, which I highly recommend. It’s an advice book from 1936, but it doesn’t feel that dated and Hillis has a very practical, no-nonsense, amusing voice. The chapters are called things like “A Lady and Her Liquor” and “Solitary Refinement” and she has a lot of advice about how many bed jackets you need to properly entertain from your bed. (It’s four. Four is the adequate number.)

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