From 'Americanah' to 'I Love Dick', ELLE's Literary Editor picks essential reading for smart womenMore
How history shapes the lives of others is important to us all. In this book, described as 'required reading' by Toni Morrison, Ta-Nehisi Coates attempts to answer the question of race in America in the form of a letter to his son. In order to understand our place as women in the world, I believe we must also consider man's struggle and this is the book to do that.
Lucia Berlin has been writing for fifty years but with this collection she has made her name internationally. Her short stories with their humour and style are compared to Jean Rhys or Raymond Carver - the masters of the form. This collection pays homage to the incredible life she lead, the people she met and the experiences she had and will have you going back for more.