The first book in the Neapolitan Quartet will have you hooked on all things Elena Ferrante. Here begins the story of two women and a friendship that ebbs and flows over time as both realize that, even as they come into their own as individuals, they still need each other to survive--especially in their tough Naples neighborhood. Read it before HBO's eight-episode adaptation premieres later this year!
Pulitzer Prize winner Mary Oliver explores love in this short collection of beautiful, emotional poems. Split into three sections--The Journey, Love, and Felicity--Oliver's calming voice resonates with anyone who has experienced the joy of true human connection.
How do you go on living without someone you feel you cannot live without? Ruminating on the sudden loss of her husband and the year that follows, Didion puts into words what I imagine anyone who has lost a loved one has felt, but still manages to insert her signature deadpan humor into an honest, poignant memoir about grief--the emotion she labels "the most general of afflictions."