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.

Figuring: A Hall Pass to Great Minds

The Hallowed Walls of The American Writers Museum

Five Nonfiction Books for the New American Family

4 Great Books About The Great Lakes

A Love Letter To a Cluttered Used Bookstore

A reader's love letter to Black and Read, a cluttered part bookstore and part record shop in Arvada, Colorado that inspired her literary life.

Trekking Books Have a Diversity Problem

A reader turned to trekking books for tales of adventure and came away with the observation that the genre has a dearth of books by marginalized people.

30 Tiny Lessons from 30 Memoirs

A reader set out to learn something new from memoirs read this year. Here's a list of each of those memoirs, along with a lesson learned from each.

DAUGHTER OF FORTUNE, the Queer, Multi-Racial Western, Turns 20 And Stays Cool

A reader looks back at Isabel Allende's DAUGHTER OF FORTUNE, which turned 20 this year, and finds its story evergreen and radical.

3 Books I Can’t Wait For in 2019

Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry coming out next year for your TBR.

Books To Paint By: The Audiobooks of a Chicago Painter

A reader investigates the audiobooks her friend, an artist, listens to as she paints, and why the themes in each story speak to her.

3 Recent Books on Lighthouses and the Daughters Inside Them

Recent novels on the complicated history of lighthouses and the keeprs inside.

The Earnest Charm of Lin-Manuel Miranda

4 Audiobooks for Masterpiece Theatre Season

Bodices, bustles, drama, and sweeping, sweeping emotion!

The New Robin Williams Bio Was Beautiful, But I Am Still Not Into Celebrity Books

A reader shares opinions on the celebrity memoir and biography genre, and the experience of reading ROBIN, a bio of Robin Williams' life.

Wonder, Teaching, and Andrew Forsthoefel’s 4,000 Mile Walk

A composition teacher on why she assigned her students a podcast about walking across America.