Wages Of Love: The Uncollected Writings of Kamala Das BY SURESH KOHLI (EDITOR), HarperCollins, ₹299
A compilation of Das’s poetry, non-fiction, and fiction, this is one of my prized possessions. The book has a tender introduction by Kohli, where he confesses his own infatuation with the writer. Das was a pioneer of what was once called ‘confessional writing’ in India. Her poetry and style perplexed and seduced so many readers.
Future Sex: A New Kind of Free Love BY EMILY WITT, Faber & Faber,₹299
One of the finest and funniest narrative non-fiction books I’ve read. Witt, in her early 30s, is trying to recover from a break-up and finds herself contemplating the future shape of her sex life. She decides to travel to the US West Coast to investigate alternative and ‘free’ sexual and romantic practices. The result is this dazzling book.
The Odd Woman and the City: A Memoir BY VIVIAN GORNICK, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ₹999
Gornick is the first lady of the contemporary memoir. In this book, she wanders about New York in her 60s. Full of gorgeous meditations on aging, friendship, womanhood, loneliness, and keeping oneself company, it offers a masterclass in writing about the self and the city.
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