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Hello Kayti! I loved this edition of the newsletter!

My brilliant friend - Elena Ferrante

Girl, woman, other - Bernardine Evaristo (which is actually a UK Booker Prize so not sure if it counts! But it was there when I needed it)

Eat pray love - E. Gilbert (a given)

Unorthodox - Deborah Feldman

Island beneath the sea - Isabel Allende (pure escapism...)

Quiet - Susan Cain (changed my life)

The Leopard - Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

The pillars of the earth - Ken Follett

The time in between - Maria Duenas

One day - David Nicholls

Auntie Mame - Patrick Dennis

A Hat Full of Cherries - Oriana Fallaci

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May 3Liked by Kayti Christian

I really loved Enchantment by Katherine May. I read it at a time when I was trying to find more to enjoy in the everyday. Also really loved Unlikely Animals by Annie Hartnett

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May 4·edited May 4Liked by Kayti Christian

First of all, I love your newsletter and look forward to it! I just got back from a birthday day trip to Ojai. I spent two hours shuffling around Bart's Books and painstakingly limited myself to 5 books.

Books that found me at the right place and time...

1. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (at a period of time when life had finally seemed to make sense)

2. My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Otessa Moshfegh (at the start of the pandemic)

3. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski (high school, lol)

4. Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder (also high school!)

5. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson (while studying playwriting in college)

6. Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine (navigating young love in nyc)

7. One Day in December by Josie Silver (when I had just gotten married and felt oddly lonely and needed to read something sweet and romantic)

Thank you for your beautiful and intentional writing <3

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May 4Liked by Kayti Christian

Untamed, Glennon Doyle

Make it Scream Make it Burn, Leslie Jamison

When Breath Becomes Air (!!!!) paul kalanithi

Gregory Boyle, of Homeboy Industries - any of his!

Any of Samantha Irby's - they always just make me laugh wholeheartedly.

Sex and Rage, eve babitz

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, William Finnegan

Joan Didion, the year of magical thinking

Thank you so much for writing this newsletter!

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I love this concept! On Beauty by Zadie Smith was like this for me

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Here's mine:

If You Find This Letter - Hannah Brencher

All The Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr

Americanah - Chimammanda Ngozi Adichie

A Thousand Splendid Sun's - Khaled Hosseini

The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

Redeeming Love - Francine Rivers

The Last Sin Eater - Francine Rivers

...

They are a lot but I'll stop here.

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Oof! The Writing Life is so good.

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Two of my recent favorites are My Antonia by Willa Cather and A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier.

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May 5Liked by Kayti Christian

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet - Jamie Ford

A treasure I found at Goodwill and kept even though I dropped it in the tub and warped the pages.

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My favorite lines: “in the coldest of winter,””letting my skin burn,” and “We spent too much money on coffee.”

A Path With Heart by Jack Kornfield helped me get through the pain and disorientation of divorce.

You’re writing is lovely. Keep writing.

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May 3Liked by Kayti Christian

Ways of Seeing and Confabulations - John Berger

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The Chronology Of Water - Lidiay Yuknavitch

Godshot - Chelsea Bieker

The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue - VE Schwab

Abandon Me - Melissa Febos

So many more...

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May 3·edited May 3

All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr

A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles

The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

The Prophet - Kahlil Gibran

The Overstory - Richard Powers

What I Know for Sure - Oprah Winfrey

My Inner Sky - Mari Andrew

Island of the World - Michael O'Brien

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