Here are some of Olivia V.'s recent favorites.
It's a special thing, to be found by a book. To be so perfectly and unexpectedly bound within its pages and to know you will be different in some way after you’ve read it, feeling a little less lost in the world. Passing for Human is a memoir told in fables and allusions of love, family, existence, and belonging, all crafted from shaky, deceptively simple, inky lines. Finck’s art distills the nuance and complexities of life, and her stories are told in an eloquent, authentic voice. Finck has created something beautiful that will speak to creatives, to the strange, and to those who would learn what it is to be human. I hope her book will find you, as it found me.
Thi Bui's story goes beyond her own experience as a Vietnamese-American woman and into the forces that contributed to how she came to be. A look at the intergenerational ripples of the Vietnam War, The Best We Could Do is Bui's intimate story on a subject that doesn't always get explored with the depth and care she achieves. I truly loved this book and it will be a story I carry with me for some time.
As the title would suggest, Fusselman strikes meditations on art, alcoholism, and motherhood, letting her prose ring out into subsequent reverberations just as one would strike cymbal. Using her musings on the Nutcracker as a motif, she orchestrates all of her thematic ideas into this compact but lingering essay that is perhaps ultimately looking at how we may separate the way we live from how we have lived.