Your Shelf Life
Books to read this month
by Matt Hoyle
Ricky Gervais eating soup. Tina Fey at a child’s tea party. Zach Galifianakis slipping on a banana peel. These are just a few of the charming portraits collected in this coffee table book, which includes first-person reflections on life and laughter from the comedians.
by Andre Dubus III
From the author of House of Sand and Fog comes this short story collection about the challenges of intimacy. In connected stories, complicated characters struggle to make decisions about their relationships with lovers, friends, and family members.
How to Read a Novelist
by John Freeman
As a critic and the current editor of Granta, Freeman has reviewed thousands of books and interviewed many writers. His best profiles are collected in this book, including those of Haruki Murakami, Toni Morrison, Dave Eggers, and Jonathan Franzen.
Ties That Bind
by Dave Isay
Isay started StoryCorps, an oral history project, 10 years ago. Now a public radio staple, the project records family members, friends, lovers, and coworkers in conversation about life-changing events. Isay gathers the most riveting stories into this book.
We Are Water
by Wally Lamb
Artist Anna Oh has left her marriage and three older children to start a life with the architect of her newfound success, a wealthy Manhattan art dealer who happens to be a woman. A layered look at a modern family.