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Elizabeth Sile

Portrait of friendship

Elizabeth Ames’s impressive debut, The Other’s Gold, follows the lives of Alice, Ji Sun, Lainey, and Margaret, who are assigned as roommates at a Harvardesque college and forge an immediate, intense friendship. As they navigate college and then parenthood, their seemingly unbreakable bond is tested by a mistake each woman makes. Ames’s well-drawn characters and startling prose will linger with you.

Helpful guide

Many of us probably want to buy a little more ethically and sustainably when it comes to our clothes. But it can be hard to move away from fast-fashion habits, purge closets, and distinguish between authentic and deceptive marketing. Let Elizabeth L. Cline be your guide to shopping better—whether you’re a minimalist or a fashionista—in her reassuring, resource-filled book, The Conscious Closet.

Unique memoir

In The Yellow House, Sarah M. Broom weaves her personal and family history with the history of New Orleans. In 1961 her mother bought a shotgun house in a burgeoning neighborhood. Broom recounts how the house began to crumble after her father’s death and as the neighborhood took a bad turn, and she interviews family members about Hurricane Katrina. She writes most movingly about the pull of home and what it means to return.

Great for book club

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