Here are some small selections from books I’ve read recently.  More posts like this can be found here. 

Although much of what I’ve been reading in the past few months has made me laugh, I haven’t totally fallen in love with a book in a while.  Any recommendations??

“‘Never trust folks,’ Olive’s mother told her years ago, after someone left a basket of cow flaps by their front door.  Henry got irritated by that way of thinking.  But Henry was pretty irritating himself, with his steadfast way of remaining naive, as though life were just what a Sears catalogue told you it was: everyone standing around smiling.” -Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge

“Angie, leaning her head now against the hallway wall, fingering her black skirt, felt she had figured out something too late, and that must be the way of life, to get something figured out when it was too late.” -Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge

“That was the morning I committed the first sin of love, which was to confuse beauty and a good soundtrack with knowledge.” -Stephanie Danler, Sweetbitter

-“There is never nothing beneath something that is covered.  As a child, I used to cover my face with my hands so that no one would know I was there.  And then I discovered that covering my face made me more visible because everyone was curious to see what it was I wanted to hide in the first place.” -Deborah Levy, Hot Milk

“But smart as the conversation is, it has a strangely repetitive quality.  You never know anybody better–the talk never deepens, but neither does it show the slightest strain, and I’m nothing if not strained to the gills virtually every second.  You enter that place and live suspended in amber like characters in a Victorian novel.” -Mary Karr, Lit

“The bed was warm and ordinary and perfect, and it had been such a long, long day.” -Carol Rifka Brunt, Tell the Wolves I’m Home