Ashley Holstrom

Ashley Holstrom helps make books at Sourcebooks. She lives near Chicago with her cat named after Hemingway and her bookshelves organized by color. Newsletter: Crooked Reads. Twitter: @alholstrom.

Why We Need Young Memoirists

In defense of young people writing memoirs.

Reading Pathways: Augusten Burroughs

Where to start with the work of Augusten Burroughs.

A Literary Drinking Game

Sometimes writers have quirks that show up in everything they read. This game will make them way more fun to deal with.

100 Must-Read Books in and about Chicago

Mystery, coming-of-age, adventure, history, sociology, race, class. We have it all. All with Chicago at the heart.

True Life: I Keep Spreadsheets for Lending Books

When you've loaned books out and never gotten them back, sometimes you need a tracking system. Sometimes that system is a spreadsheet.

Gotta Pun ‘Em All: The Classics as Pokemon

Crime and Ponyta. Gone With the Weedle.

The Everlasting Magic of English Teachers

How English teachers can inspire a lifelong love of reading

Genre Kryptonite: Books about Nesting

Books about making your house a home.

Literary Tourism: Murals of Adorable Oak Park, IL

Take a tour around the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois, and check out the incredible literary murals throughout town.

A Trichy Pull-List: Best Books on Compulsive Hair-Pulling

Books about trichotillomania to read for Mental Health Awareness Month.