My summer reading list: Beth Linder Carr


Beth Linder Carr
Creative nonfiction, 1st year

The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch — On a trip to Austin to visit my daughter, I took and finished Yuknavitch’s new novel. A post-apocalyptic love story between a young woman and the dying earth, it had me crying at the end.

The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz — I’ve always loved a good murder mystery, so after returning home, I stumbled upon The Magpie Murders. A book within a book, it demonstrates and then explores all of the familiar murder mystery tropes. It’s a page turner!

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay — Now I’m in the middle of Gay’s most recent book. Watch her interviews on the The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and on NPR’s Fresh Air and really listen. You’ll want to read her gripping story of early trauma that led to compulsive eating and growing. It’s also the story of being a fat woman in a world that makes no space for “unruly” bodies.

Muh! and Happy Family by David Safier — I feel like reading in German again, so I’m going to pick up two comic novels by Safier that I bought the last time I was abroad. They were on my summer reading list last year, but I never got to them.

Animals Strike Curious Poses by Elena Passarello and The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison — It’ll be good to get a head start on prepare for our creative nonfiction form and theory class this fall.

Finally, CSU Summer Arts has returned to Fresno, and I got a whole slew of books from our course coordinator Doug Rice for the Hybrid Poetics and Narratives class: An Erotics of Seeing by Doug Rice; Straight Outta Compton by Ricardo Cortez Cruz; The Sky Isn’t Blue by Janice Lee; Castles and Islands by Joshua Edwards; and The Accidental Archives of the Royal Chicano Air Force by Stephanie Sauer.

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