It’s June, which means porch-sittin’, bourbon-drinkin’, and book-readin’ afternoons here in Virginia. I get through more books in the summer than any other season, so let’s jump in:
Inbox (Books Acquired)
Exquisite Masochism: Marriage, Sex, and the Novel Form by Claire Jarvis — An academic examination of how Victorian and early modernist novelists talked about sex without every really talking about sex. Perfect summer reading for a book nerd who misses college like me!
Outbox (Books Finished)
Margaret the First by Danielle Dutton–A novelization of the life of Margaret Cavendish, a 17th century English aristocrat who wrote science fiction, plays, and philosophical musings (and attended the theater in a topless dress) in a time when women thinking out loud was barely tolerated. An excellent one-sitting read about a fascinating and eccentric thinker.
Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey— Come for the made-of-steel main character whose spiritual gift (literally) is being an excellent sexual submissive, stay for the philosophical musings and bananas-good world-building. New-school fantasy for old-school fantasy readers.
In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)
White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg (June 21, Viking) — Seems a particularly appropriate time in American politics to read about the formation of our class system. Plus: what a title.