• The cover of the book Lolita


    I had known Lolita by its reputation for so long that when I finally got around to reading it myself I was surprised at how much of it takes place in cars, on lonely highways, and in seedy and decidedly non-seedy hotels. Humbert uses one of the most American of pleasures—the road trip—as cover for his monstrous intentions toward Lolita. While reading his descriptions of the ways the country passes by, it’s disturbingly easy to forget his true purpose in making the journey.

  • The cover of the book Heroes of the Frontier

    Heroes of the Frontier

    A slow burn, this novel begins with Josie, a 40-year-old dentist from Ohio, renting an RV so she can drive herself and her two small children through Alaska and as far away from her life, her ex, and her memories as she can possibly get. The style is comedic bordering on the absurd, but even so, I found myself feeling for Josie at the end in a way I hadn’t expected to in the beginning.

  • The cover of the book Picture Me Gone

    Picture Me Gone

    When Mila’s father’s best friend disappears days before they’re meant to fly from London to visit him in New York state, they decide to go ahead with the trip in the hopes of finding him. Narrated by Mila, a forthright 12-year-old who sees everything but doesn’t quite understand as much as she thinks she does, this novel explores some of the complicated ways that people relate to each other with a dose of clarity and simplicity.