An Existential Reading List for Your End Times' Crisis by Anne Gisleson
This article has been published on The Literary Hub website. It begins:
My mom belongs to four book clubs, including the Mental Pause Book Club and the Thinking Woman’s Book Club, created in protest of a husband’s all-male Thinking Man’s Book Club. She reads more than anyone I know. When I show up for our weekly breakfast, she’s always seated at the booth early, tunneled into a hardback, and before I can order my coffee has already given me a breathless synopsis. Or a disappointed appraisal, but those are rare. Over huevos rancheros she’ll report on the book club discussions and judgments, the snacks, sigh over the non-readers but mostly delight in the vagaries of book-centered fellowship.