Books on a Plane: Winter Reading Recs from the SAL Staff

Whether we’re having a quick conversation by the Keurig machine or scribbling furiously when Tom Hanks cites Everyday Stalinism from the SAL stage, book gossip is our currency at the SAL offices. As we look forward to reading with you in 2018, here’s a sneak peek at our holiday reading hopes and dreams:


Alicia Craven, WITS Program Director: “I’m reading Domestic Scenes: The Art of Ramiro Gomez by Lawrence Weschler. Born to undocumented parents, Ramiro Gomez uses Hockney paintings, doctored magazine ads, and subversive cutouts to show the “invisible” domestic lives of Los Angeles: the nannies, gardeners, and cleaners behind the media’s glossy visions of L.A.”

Ruth Dickey, Executive Director: “Ho ho ho!  On the plane to North Carolina and back and over the holiday, I plan to be reading Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing; the essay collection This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home edited by Margot Case and Kelly McMasters; and When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron.”

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