I actually have eleven, so just consider this part one.
I was about to go reserve these at the library, but honestly they’re probably all in my Lucky Day
Oooh, if you like a campus coming-of-age novel, I can recommend I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS FOR YOU, Rebecca Makkai's latest, which was described to me like The Secret History meets Agatha Christie and it's not inaccurate. I'd say I liked-not-loved it, but it was a fun read!
Aimee Bender is a friend of a friend-- I just sent this to her. What a beautiful description of her wonderful work!
I missed your long-form writing, and am so happy to read it again!
Oh wow, I forgot about Aimee Bender! Will have to add this to my holds.
Burying the lede? Today is the day I learned it was not lead.
Ooh, thank you for the book recs, Holly, they sound wonderful. Also, spot on everything you said about the library; the smell, the tacit social contract of The Hush. Perfectly captured. One of my fondest childhood activities in the early 90s was regularly accompanying my late father to our local library in Karlovac, Croatia, insisting I carry his growing stack of books, and opening the middle of each one to inhale that often sweetish, almost woodsy scent.