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What are you up to this weekend? I’m looking for a new book. Do you have any recommendations? I just finished Writers & Lovers, which was smart, wise and sexy. Hope you have a good one — stay safe — and here are a few fun links from around the web…

We’ve been watching The Last Dance series about Michael Jordan, and I’m hooked. (And before this I didn’t even care about basketball!)

The four-second workout.

Pretty bookcases.

Everlane is having a choose-what-you-pay sale. (I have this shirt and love it.)

Here’s how time works now, haha.

We made this salmon and the whole family enjoyed it.

Readers have asked us where to find nice-looking masks, and I like the ones from Heather Taylor Home and Camp.

Why I don’t feel safe wearing face masks.”

Life upgrade: Have a candle-lit dinner every night. (Agreed.)

Hamilton will stream on Disney+ in July!

Plus, three reader comments:

Says Erin on how to be friendly while wearing a mask: “This mask thing is REALLY really hard on the deaf community. Many of us feel completely lost. I have no idea if anyone is saying anything to me. I’m working with a volunteer organization that is designing clear masks for the community, but the reality is, it’s not us that needs to wear it, it’s the general public. Though I love the idea, I also feel like it’s going to be a massive uphill battle.”

Says HM on how to support a new mom from far away: “My boss sent my older child (who was three at the time) a disposable camera and a photo album when our second was born. The photos she took are the most hilarious little time capsule.”

Says Chantal on what do you cook on a first date: “When I was 19, I was having a boy over for dinner for the first time. It was our third date. I microwaved salmon in a steam bag and put it in a pan in the oven before he came over. I also microwaved rice and took it out of the Uncle Ben’s bag and put it in a pot minutes before he arrived. I hid the evidence at the very bottom of my garbage can. He was SO impressed and talked about it for weeks. Never told him that everything was nuked.”

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  1. Isadora says...

    Have been a reader of COJ for over 10 years and disappointed that they continue to support Everlane. It’s shameful the way they have treated their employees during this crisis. Also looking for somewhat affordable brands that are sustainable.

  2. Lydia says...

    Amplifying what others have already said so well, we should and can choose to support businesses that support their workers. As individuals acting collectively, we can leverage our power to choose to create the change we want to see in the world. Our society is broken, this epidemic has just shone a light on the cracks. Think about the words “choose-what-you-pay sale”…a more powerful choice is not giving money to an unethical organization. These are lives, real people, struggling to make ends meet, laid off in the middle of a pandemic. Hold that thought for a moment. Do we need more things…things that will most likely end up in a landfill…things that will not fill that empty hole, that yearning for fulfillment… at the expense of supporting a company that would lay off their workers in such a callous manner?

  3. bp says...

    On candles at dinner – YES!

    My son and I started a tradition of lighting candles around advent, and it stuck. Since it’s just me and him (I’m divorced), it makes our small little dinners a little more special, even if it’s just mac and cheese and green beans. He loves to blow the candles out, and it’s such a nice way to start and end our meals, rather than just plunking down and then rushing off. It’s a little meditation for the day :)

  4. Kate says...

    I recommend _A Place for Us_ by Fatima Farheen Mirza for anyone looking for a good real. This novel is truly and utterly beautiful! I couldn’t wait to keep reading more, but also wanted to save it to savor for longer.

  5. Beth says...

    My top reads over the past few months:

    -“Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi (multi-generational story from the onset of the slave trade in west Africa to modern day US)
    -“Little Weirds” by Jenny Slate (short stories, whimsical and heavy at the same time)
    -“Encyclopedia of An Ordinary Life” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (poignant and ordinary, perfect for picking up & putting down, especially good for quarantine times as it highlights such beauty in the mundane)

    • A says...

      Writers & Lovers is so beautiful. It’s one of those books I have to sit with it for a while before starting a new one.

  6. Jenn says...

    Thanks for sharing your recommendation about Writers & Lovers. I read it yesterday in a day. I love getting absorbed in a good book like that.

  7. Claire says...

    Great recs- I always love these book threads. I am reading a mystery called Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger. It’s very good- the writing is excellent. Next I want to get my hands on a copy of Gabrielle Hamilton’s book Blood, Bones, and Butter, and I’ve also been craving spiritual food so will be picking up one of Barbara Brown Taylor’s books.

  8. Jen says...

    FYI: Everlane is not great to it’s workers. I know you need the money, but right now you should probably support workers more.

  9. Jenny says...

    Damian Barr’s You Will Be Safe Here gave me the biggest book hangover – I didn’t want to pick up anything else for ages after reading it, and I’m still thinking about Willem and Sarah months later.

  10. Annie says...

    I’m about halfway through The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd and it is AMAZING.

  11. Amy says...

    Finished Trust Exercise by Susan Choi a few weeks ago and am still thinking about it. It breaks a ton of narrative rules (which I found exciting) and deals with some very timely themes around consent and the capacity (or lack thereof) for consent as a teen. Set in a performing arts high school, it brought back a lot of memories for this former “theatre” nerd. It is an unnerving, entertaining, and thought-provoking read.

  12. I also loved Writers & Lovers. I’m reading THE KNOCKOUT QUEEN by Rufi Thorpe and so far it’s fantastic.

  13. Emily says...

    I’m reading The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd, and loving it. If you loved The Red Tent by Anita Diamant a long time ago, it’s in the same vein.

    • Angela says...

      Yes! One of my all time favorites! I will definitely be looking into this.

  14. Kerry says...

    I recommend the book “Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover and Me” by Adrienne Brodeur. It is a smart, well-written memoir that completely captured my attention – a difficult thing do to do mid-pandemic! Bonus points for being set on Cape Cod and getting me in the mood for summer!

    • AB says...

      This book has stayed with me so much! I absolutely loved it. The author has such a way of describing things that you feel as if you’re right there. Will definitely reread this one at one point.

  15. Lisa says...

    My husband suggested watching The Last Dance, and I agreed (to be a nice wife, I know absolutely nothing about any sports). I’m loving it! Scottie Pippen is such a sweetheart, and the whole thing is just fascinating.

    I’m strangely managing to read a lot (despite working full time, or trying to, with two toddlers around). I finished Girl, Woman, Other a couple of weeks ago, and it was great. Otherwise my reading is either plague based (the plague by Albert Camus, nemesis by Philip Roth) or revisiting old favourites.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i love scottie pippen too! he’s the sweetest (and obviously SO talented).

  16. I loved the Dutch House by Ann Patchett! I listened to the audiobook which is narrated by TOM HANKS, and it was like a big hug. I soaked up every word. I couldn’t even tell you why exactly it’s so engaging, but I read it in two days.

  17. Rika Toll says...

    Just finished Australian novel Three Dog Night. Recommend it.

  18. Bailey says...

    I also just finished “Writers & Lovers” and loved it. It’s the first book I’ve read in a while that I haven’t wanted to put down. Have you ever read anything by Julia Glass? “Three Junes” is lovely. Similar characteristics to “Writers and Lovers” in that it’s character-driven, relationship-driven, 1990s-based. It’s an older book, but I highly recommend.

    • Claire says...

      Three Junes is a fabulous novel!

  19. Diana Boss says...

    That indie bound book link without a Bezos enriching alternative 😍

    Slow hand clap

  20. Tricia says...

    “Coming Home” or “The Shell Seekers” by Rosamunde Pilcher. Both are historical novels by the same author, set in Cornwall. I think you’d love them, Joanna! ❤️

  21. Meghan says...

    Hey guys, just throwing it out there: I’m as pro-union as they come and not about to shop at Everlane anymore (goodbye, cashmere sweaters as a splurge on myself for Christmas…I’ll miss you.) BUT I think it’s highly possible that Jo and team have signed a contract with Everlane prior to their problematic practices that they must continue to honor, and probably can’t or won’t (bc they’re the good guys) call out publicly in this thread. So, we’re all on the same page here, but let’s not make Jo feel worse about a situation that’s probably already keeping her up at night. Cheers! Love you ALL.

    • Meghan says...

      Also, that does not mean stay quiet on union busting companies. Continue to advocate, post enlightening articles like the one above, and educate! Just, you know, with compassion and respect.

  22. Vicki says...

    I just finished A Man Called Ove the best way to explain it is that its like book equivalent to the beginning of the movie Up, heartwarming but also made me sob and I loved it.
    I also always recommend the Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
    And I recent read the Testaments by Margaret Atwood its not exactly an uncommon recommendation but I was hesitant to read it being a sequel so long after the first and I loved it

    • Rocio says...

      I loved A Man Called Ove :)

  23. Laura says...

    Have loved reading Cup of Jo for years! Thanks for bringing joy! A Houston writer, Katherine Center, has some great novels. Her latest are Things You Save in a Fire, and How to Walk Away. The Lost Husband was recently made into a movie. 🌺

  24. MD says...

    We do candles every night! For our wedding (5 years ago) a very wonderful family friend gave us beautiful tea light holders and a bag of 100 tea lights with instructions to have dinner by candlelight each night. Every Christmas she gives us a new bag. Happy to say it’s a tradition in our family going on 5 years!

    • shelley says...

      Oh wow what an amazing gift! I love that whole ritual.

  25. Felechia says...

    I loved Writers and Lovers, so I followed it with another of Lily King’s books, Euphoria and, my god, it was wonderful. I love her writing.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Ooh will try euphoria next!

  26. Mary says...

    So glad I’m not the only one experiencing time in exactly that way right now hahaha

  27. Elise says...

    Elena Ferrante’s Neopolitan Novels – a beautiful series of 4 books following two friends growing up in Naples, covering deep and complicated friendship, the Camorra mafia, young romance, marriage, motherhood and older age. Heartbreaking and un-put-downable, thank goodness there were 4 books.

    I recommend reading whilst playing 1960s Neopolitan music on YouTube and drinking an Aperol Spritz or Italian wine and eating pasta or pizza… I’ve definitely put on a few pounds reading these novels.

    • Michaela says...

      It’s also been turned into a beautiful show on HBO if you want to watch once you’ve finished!

    • Liz says...

      Yes!!

    • Jil says...

      I was also absolutely thrilled with Elena Ferrante’s Neopolitan Novels. Happy who’s still got the reading to do.
      I was also very fond of Jane Gardam’s Old Filth Trilogy. An absolute recommendation.

    • Kathryn says...

      Jane Gardam’s books are amazing—Elena Ferrante’s too. Always a pleasure to find a series of books to enjoy.
      Currently reading the last of Hilary Mantel’s brilliant trilogy about Thomas Cromwell. Don’t want it to end.

  28. Em says...

    Water Dancer by Ta-Nahisi Coates. So so gorgeously written, I tore through it. Fantasy + historical fiction + Underground Railroad…what else could you want?

    And I was late to the Educated train. What a trip.

  29. KIRSTY says...

    Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell is magnificent. I could not put it down.
    “I don’t know how anyone could fail to love this book. It is a marvel: a great work of imaginative recreation and a great story. It is also a moral achievement to have transformed that young child from being a literary footnote into someone so tenderly alive that part of you wishes he had survived and Hamlet never been written”
    –Dominic Dromgoole, author of Hamlet, Globe to Globe

    • Elise says...

      I’ve literally just opened the first page of this book – so excited!

  30. Judy says...

    The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox is just wonderful. Fantastical and magical and beautifully written.

  31. Nicola says...

    Untamed! By Glennon Doyle. I read it one sitting.

  32. Elliesee says...

    I thought I wouldn’t have time to read with four children to homeschool but I do – I read and stay nearby if they need me. I read or re-read what I have at home – detective stories by Tonino Benaquista – who remembers the details? I Cold Blood because Truman Capote is quite the caracter, and Anne Frank’s Journal, because THAT is a confinement. Maybe I’ll splurge eventually with the recommendations here! Is Pachinko good?

    • Andrea says...

      Pachinko is amazing!

    • Nigerian Girl says...

      Pachinko is superb. Read it.

    • Hannah says...

      I’ll be the lone comment that exclaims excitedly, “HAMILTON ON DISNEY+!!!!! With the ORIGINAL CAST!!!!!” Our family is counting down the days until it streams, as we’re HUGE fans and we’ll most likely never get an opportunity to see it live.

  33. Kate says...

    Potential story idea?

    In the land of social distancing, my bra and I have seen much less of each other. Now that things are opening (middle of the country at least) I’m not eager to return to a full bra for grocery runs, eating out, errands.

    I’d love a post looking into how people feel about visible nipples while out and about!! It makes me uncomfortable but after breastfeeding all last summer (when you can always see nipples!) And now the world of bralettes, I’m rocking the look a lot more.

    • Ki says...

      I love this story idea! I haven’t put on a bra since stay at home orders went into effect, except for a sports bra for workouts. I’m predicting (hoping for) a cultural shift away from bras after this—visible nipples becoming so commonplace there would be no reason to stare. I’m working through my uncomfortableness… why should I be embarrassed by my boobs?!

    • Anon says...

      Personally, not so comfortable with this. Sure, at home, braless. But In public, not so much. I suspect that bralessness, and toplessness are exactly the kind of cultural shift that people like Trump would be excited to embrace, while real equity rights/issues are not only ignored, but also attacked.

    • Agnès says...

      You will get used to it! But yes, it is a statement (to go bra less). You could always hide your nipples (band-aids).

  34. Ann says...

    My husband and I just finished Mudlarking Lost and Found on the River Thames by Lara Maiklem. Stunning book and I have deemed it the family read for the summer. So much history!

  35. Amy says...

    So glad you finally got into The Last Dance! Us Chicagoans were eagerly anticipating its arrival and I have been humbled by all the password-sharing to ensure everyone can watch it. MJ will forever and always be the star of our city!

  36. M says...

    I’m listening to the audiobook of Just Kids by Patti Smith, read by the author herself. I’m halfway through and loving it!

  37. Adel says...

    If you haven’t read the unwinding of the miracle- you must! It’s a raw, moving death memoir. You will bawl but it is just so beautiful.

  38. Elisa says...

    Thanks for the mask comment! I’m hearing impaired (corrected with a hearing aid – for the most part) and really rely on lip reading in loud places. It’s been less of an issue during the pandemic, BUT, once we’re more mobile, it will be. I’m sure it’s terrifying for those that totally rely on lip reading.

    Books – I just finished Just Kids by Patti Smith. Such an incredible read and history of NYC and some amazing talents. I found it so touching and can’t recommend it enough.

  39. Amanda says...

    I bought so many things from Everlane over the years—it was my go-to for work or really all of my clothes. But, I was disappointed to learn that Everlane is trying to stop some of its employees from forming a union. I can’t comprehend how a company that touts fair labor practices is fighting against its employees’ unionization efforts, except when I realize Everlane might not be as committed to workers’ rights as it claims.

    • alexis says...

      I’ve stopped shopping at Everlane for this very reason, and it’s been very disappointing – they’ve been my go-to for so many things.

    • Kelsey Leftwich says...

      I just want to echo this. Thanks for putting it do succinctly, Amanda.

    • Amanda says...

      Thank you for saying so, Amanda! I’m done with Everlane. It really made me rethink the ethics of all my clothing purchases in general because Everlane is far from the only company that relies on unfair, anti-worker labor practices. I really thought they were different and I’m disappointed that they haven’t taken any steps to treat their workers fairly.

    • Milka says...

      I’ve been disappointed by this news too. Everlane was the workhorse of my closet for years. Can anyone recommend a brand with similar aesthetics and price point, that’s actually ethical?

    • Lauren says...

      Thanks so much for raising this point Amanda. As a longtime reader, I was hoping Cup of Jo would say something about the Everlane firings or at the very least stop posting to them. A couple of years ago Cup of Jo had a post promoting Amazon during a workers strike, and I’ve been so disappointed by the treatment of labor issues since. Even if a contract is in place with these organizations, such treatment of workers should be grounds for breaking partnerships. These are collective issues that require collective action. I hope we see more pro-worker content in the future!

    • Linda says...

      It hurts to say no to Everlane, but firing workers who are unionizing and then hiring a union busting attorney isn’t ok.

  40. Karin says...

    I feel the comment about the deaf community and masks. We are dealing with my father in law who Lives alone, is extremely hard of hearing and has major health issues. His hearing aids broke down in March and we now cannot take them to be fixed. When we visit him, we all wear masks and he can’t hear anything we say. He is scared and even more isolated by not being able to hear. So much of this is falling on seniors and it’s heartbreaking to think how it is increasing their isolation.

  41. Em says...

    My book club recently finished A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra; easily the most beautiful book I have read in a long, long time.

    • K says...

      I love this book so much! You’re right, it is beautiful.

  42. I love The Last Dance – so good! Happy weekend, Joanna!

  43. Christie says...

    Pretty bummed that CoJ continues to support Everlane in these roundup posts.

  44. tina greece says...

    Wearing a mask has had its perks for me! I tutor at home daily and even though my makeup routine to look polished for these lessons was only a 10-15 minute chore beforehand – and about a 30 minute ritual of cleansing afterwards, it has felt SO liberating not having to bother with this anymore!

  45. nadine says...

    The article ““Why I don’t feel safe wearing face masks.” is heartbreaking. We do need to do better in our society. Thank you for sharing.

  46. Nigerian Girl says...

    I recommend My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh, A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza and Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton. All great reads. Have a fabulous weekend.

  47. Sky says...

    I cannot rave more about Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips. I absolutely devoured it and literally broke down in sobs at the end. It is extraordinary. I hope you read it, Jo. (and BTW, I love you and the CoJ family so much! Thank you for all that you do!)

    • Sam says...

      Felt the same about Disappearing Earth. One of those books I’ve continued to think about many months later.

    • Nigerian Girl says...

      I’m glad other people here have finally discovered this amazing book. I’ve been going on about it for a while. It’s absolutely amazing. And that ending…wow.

  48. Charlotte says...

    Thank you for the link to the piece about wearing facial coverings as a black man. Such an important perspective learn about, as I sadly hadn’t considered it. Thanks for expanding my perspective!

  49. Eleanor frances says...

    Anna Solomon -The Little Bride. Outstanding writer.

  50. Amy Denmeade says...

    ‘The Dictionary of Lost Words’ by Pip Williams
    ‘A Theatre for Dreamers’ by Polly Samson
    ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ by Bernadine Evaristo
    ‘The Mercies’ by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

  51. m says...

    Both Hedley&Bennett and Suay Shop are making masks while also paying their workers fair wages and providing ethical working conditions.

  52. Sam says...

    Book recommendation: Know My Name by Chanel Miller. While gut-wrenching, it’s incredibly uplifting at the same time and so so well written.

  53. KT says...

    I’m so into The Last Dance!!

    • Robin says...

      Yes, me too! Today I discovered the playlist on Spotify. The music is spot on, definitely takes you back in time.

  54. Meaghan says...

    I recommend Run, Hide, Repeat by Pauline Dakin. It’s tough to really describe how good this book is without giving the story line away. The author tells the true story of her life on the run with her mother and brother. The relationship development between herself and her mother is very moving.

    • Frankie Wilson says...

      I just read Hidden Valley Road – Inside the Mind of an American Family – it was fascinating – and a side note – I wear hearing aids and I have noticed how hard it is to communicate with people when they are wearing masks- I didn’t realize how much I rely on reading lips and the masks muffle the sounds too.

  55. Cat says...

    Yes! Take Me Apart by Sara Sligar came out about a month ago and it’s so good!

  56. Meg says...

    I just finished “Circe” by Madeline Miller and absolutely loved it. It tells Circe’s part in the Odyssey from her point of view. Her character is sympathetic, powerful, and comes with the added joy of being able to do cool things like walk underwater, since she’s also a Greek goddess.

    • Christie says...

      I read this recently as well! Loved it.

    • Samantha C says...

      I loved this book! Be sure to check out the one she wrote about Achilles, too!

    • Elise says...

      Yes best book of the year for me so very nearly but overtaken by the Elena Ferrante 4 book series!

  57. G says...

    House of Glass by Hadley Freeman! A history of her Jewish grandmother’s family in the 20th Century. It’s beautifully written and so important in the context of rising anti-Semitism around the world.

  58. Sara K Schultz says...

    On “How Time Works”. . . my college student put it aptly: “This is going to be the longest however long it is that ever was.” Haha

  59. Nicole says...

    You can watch it via the free ESPN app if you have a smart TV.

  60. Monika says...

    The Master and Margarita by M. Bulgakov. My favorite book of all! Read it several times already!

    • Elliesee says...

      Also one of my favourite book! I got the t-shirt too (from Out of Print)

  61. Madeleine says...

    If you haven’t already, do read My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell. It’s so gripping and thought-provoking, and I felt bereft when I finished it after staying up until 0200 reading.

    • Sky says...

      this is on my bedside table…. next in my queue. I can’t wait!

  62. Emily says...

    Writers and Lovers is next on my list! I highly recommend Hex by Rebecca Dinnerstein Knight, All Adults Here by Emma Straub, and The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes. Happy reading!

    • KL says...

      I also liked Giver of Stars, though Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek might be a little better. Very similar books.

  63. Susan Todd says...

    Writers & Lovers was one of my favorites, too. Follow that with Emma Straub’s All Adults Here. I promise you will not be disappointed.

  64. M says...

    I have seen those Camp masks everywhere and I can’t help but think they look like you’re wearing kids underwear on your face.

    • Denise says...

      I agree! Why do so many masks look like undies or jock straps? I found lots of cute options on etsy though, if you’re looking for something a little less crotchy for your facial wear.

    • Erin says...

      Haha! Couldn’t agree more!

    • Rachel says...

      Oh my gosh, totally. I flashed the photo to my husband and said, “What does this remind you of?” CANADIAN UNDERWEAR. Tighty-whities usually in a color. UGH.

  65. kash says...

    I just finished the memoir Dead Mom Walking by Rachel Matlow. They call it a “traumedy” which is really true–it’s really funny and sad and exasperating and tender all at the same time. I loved every page!

  66. Elle says...

    A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum. Best book I’ve read this year.

    • Maggie says...

      Absolutely LOVED A Woman is No Man!

  67. Steph says...

    I love this blog, and have for a long time. That said, seeing Everlane links is a real bummer and a disappointment given how the company treated their unionizing employees earlier this spring.

    • Joaquina says...

      Agreed. And every time it is mentioned on here, at least one of us comments about this. Seems to still be favored by Jo. Bummer.

    • Rebecca says...

      THIS. Though I think they may have a long-term contract right now they are trying to finish out based on past sponsorships they’ve done with them. Just a hunch.

    • jen says...

      AGREE!

    • I says...

      Agreed! And the fact that they never (as far as I have seen) give a response to the comments about it…

    • Milka says...

      Agreed! Ideas where to shop instead? Most of my clothes were from Everlane :(

    • liz says...

      everlane’s ethics have been on a downward spiral for years now. I supported them when they were a small company who made things ethically in the US, whose mantra was to have just a few, high quality things, and kept costs low by “cutting out the middle man” and not having retail space. Greed got to them.

  68. Kate says...

    I just finished reading If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha and it was SO incredibly great, I highly recommend it!! It’s a perfect weekend read, you won’t want to put it down once you start it!

  69. E says...

    A third through The Overstory and loving it. Complex people beautifully told…and trees!

  70. Betsy says...

    Read The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel.

    • Teresa says...

      Yes, I second this!

    • Kristina says...

      Me too

  71. ash says...

    Hi Joanna!
    Book recs–among my most favorite topics!! Here’s a few recs in the fiction category depending on what you are in the mood for. If you would prefer non-fiction just let us all know. Most of these are by female authors, and include voices from around the world. I hope you (and others) enjoy these, and many thanks to you, your staff, and fellow CoJ readers for introducing me to so many cool books over the years!

    -Upbeat in tone, but with deep themes: I wholeheartedly second “Such a Fun Age” by Kiley Reid–it is one of those books that deals with a lot of important issues but with a light touch, warmth, and humor.
    -Heavy, moving, elegiac, so good: A Pure Heart by Rajia Hassib– a complicated relationship between sisters, a cross-cultural marriage, the Arab Spring, a hidden past, and more-so moving
    -Hilarious and another great sisters story- “My Sister, the Serial Killer”- by Oyinkan Braithwaite-darkly comic, satirical book that you will devour in one gulp–I don’t like crime/murder/mysteries normally but this was just so wicked fun.
    –If you just need a fun romp of a time- Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore-it’s magical, full stop. Another one you will scarf down.
    –Multi-generational family saga, strong women characters-Pachinko by Min Jin Lee- this is for when you want a real tome–it’s lengthy and immersive and spans like a century or so.

  72. jenni says...

    The Dutch House was great–but any Ann Patchett is highly rec if you haven’t gobbled them up yet. Yes, basketball is addictive. We live in a college town with a top program and it gets in your blood (and it’s fast and exciting). Speaking of cooking, check out the Onceuponachef.com site–her stuff is top notch with fresh ingredients and easy to follow recipes that always wow–make the chocolate pie, just sayin’ ;). Thx for the reminder about So I Married an Ax Murderer, my 14 year old won’t stop reciting lines :). Keep the recs coming. xo

    • Emily says...

      I loved The Dutch House too! I heard that the audiobook, narrated by Tom Hanks(!) is really good, but I haven’t listened to it yet.

  73. Haley says...

    Creatures by Crissy Van Meter was fantastic.

  74. Tania says...

    Thank you for the clear mask comment! I’m sorry to say it had never occurred to me, but I will be on the lookout for clear masks now.

  75. Alyssa Chan says...

    I have a been a fan of Everlane for a long time, but am disgusted by their recent union-busting activity. I was disappointed to see them featured here without a mention of their suspect labor practices.

  76. Marnie says...

    The Innocents by Michael Crummey is great

  77. Emily says...

    Hey, as many readers might know, Everlane fired most of its CX team in March after its employees took steps to unionize. Today, management took another step in the wrong direction by hiring outside counsel specializing in “union avoidance.”

    In light of these events, promoting the Everlane sale seems out of step with the thoughtful and progressive tone this blog otherwise tries to adopt. I love Everlane clothes too and am hoping they come out on the right side of things, but have been thoroughly disappointed so far. CX is emotionally tough work that often goes underappreciated when the unemployment rate *isn’t* at record highs, so this comes across
    as especially callous. I’m taking my $$ elsewhere until they make this right–if they ever do–and hope Cup of Jo can encourage its reader base to do the same.

    Thanks for a great roundup of links otherwise! I’m grateful for the perspective on how mask-wearing is impacting folks differently and looking forward to reading Writers & Lovers too :)

    • Megan says...

      I totally agree. I am incredibly disappointed to see Everlane in this roundup, in light of COJ’s otherwise conscientious approach to supporting brands. Not only are there significant ethical issues involving continued support of Everlane, but they are also in a tailspin in terms of timely shipping, shipping correct items, and giving refunds. Their IG posts are flooded with customer complaints. COJ, I love you, but please reconsider steering your readers to spending their money at Everlane!

  78. Katie Weltner says...

    OKAY PEOPLE, where do I watch the last dance!? is it on netflix? I don’t want to pay for ESPN…

    • Lara says...

      I believe it’s on ESPN in the US, Netflix for the rest of the world. I’m in Spain and I’ve been watching it every Monday night while chatting with my SO (quarantining in different cities, this has become our start of the week ritual). Can’t wait for the last two episodes yet sad at the same time, cause it really is that good!

    • celeste says...

      It might be on netflix? We are watching on Hulu!

    • Sarah says...

      Looks like it will be on Netflix in July.

    • Loren says...

      you don’t have to pay. go to espn.com, click on watch. it’s free and you get the bleeped-out version.

    • Danielle says...

      It looks like you can just watch it on ESPN online without a paid subscription.

    • Robin says...

      In Canada, it’s on Netflix. They released two episodes every Monday, last two coming up this week!

  79. Olivia says...

    Fates & Furies by Lauren Groff! It’s INCREDIBLE.

    • b says...

      Same goes for her short story collection, Florida. She is a master of the short story, IMO.

    • El says...

      It’s so good!

    • Liz says...

      Lauren Groff is THE BEST. All of her books, whether stories or novels, are my favorites.

  80. Kayce says...

    Highly recommend “Such a Fun Age” and “Valentine”. They are both written by women and are both their first novels. So, so good!!!

    • El says...

      THANK YOU for posting this. The Everlane stuff is such a bummer. I’m also longing for replacements for ethical basics, because a pretty big chunk of my closet is Everlane but I can’t really justify supporting them. :(