Gretchen Lida

Gretchen Lida is an essayist and an equestrian. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Brevity, The Rumpus, The Washington Independent Review of Books, and many others. She teaches composition in Illinois, lives in Wisconsin, sometimes lives on Nantucket Island and is still a Colorado Native.

Relearning How to Wear Shoes at Post-Pandemic Author Readings

It's been challenging to be distanced from bookish peers, but this reader shares what's been gained from virtual literary events.

The Death of An Ostrich in Helen MacDonald’s VESPER FLIGHTS

How one reader keenly felt a pivotal moment in Helen MacDonald's recent book Vesper Flights.

An Elegy to Paper Advance Reader Copies

A reader recounts the joy of taking a break from online time to read paper ARCs in taking time to mourn the little things lost to pandemic for now.

AMERICAN HARVEST and Life Between the Urban and Rural Divide

On books set in the rural middle of America and the powerful insights from AMERICAN HARVEST.

The Young Goodman Brown Effect in Education

A reader and teacher on the educational philosophy she calls the Young Goodman Brown effect, named after the story by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

How Anthony Bourdain Taught Me to Write About Horses

How one writer found Anthony Bourdain's writing influential in understanding their own writing.

What to Read When FROZEN II Turns You Into an Environmentalist

The Little Free Libraries of East Rogers Park

One reader takes a trip through their neighborhood of East Rogers Park in Chicago and explores the Little Free Libraries.

2 of the 2019 New Releases Every Coloradoan Should Read

Like its terrain, Colorado's history is ragged and complicated. Get to know the U.S. state through these 2019 books.

My Year of Unfinished Books

A reader looks back at a tough year in reading, the books left unfinished, and a title that turned out to be the right book at the right time.