Books I’ve Read Recently (that you should too).

In The Garden of Beasts – history written like a novel, the story of the American ambassador to Germany in 1933, the start of Hitler’s rise to power, terrifying and heartbreaking despite us knowing the ending

Tell Everyone I Said Hi – short-short and longer short stories by Chad Simpson, who won the Iowa Short Fiction Award (thanks to Lucy Schiller for giving me this one!), filled with poignancy

Reading Like A Writer – completely changed the way I view a *sentence* (Francine Prose also writes great novels)

Mendocino and Other Stories – a collection of brilliant, Bay-Area-based short stories by Ann Packer (read this after Prose’s book, and it will all make sense)