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Step one: Pour the evening beverage of your choice—beer, wine, tea, seltzer, or, my personal favorite, a tall glass of water. Step two: Pick something to read from the list below, find the coziest place to consume it, and gulp down a tiny bit of relief.
Books to Read in Quarantine
Our Culture team put together a list of 20 books to read during this season of social distancing.
Here’s an abbreviated tour of five of their suggestions:
IF YOU WANT TO GET LOST IN A PLACE
WILDERNESS ESSAYS, BY JOHN MUIR
Muir had the eye of a scientist and the wonder of an enthusiast; in his observations, run-on sentences spill forth in adjectival ecstasies (“the vast forests feeding on the drenching sunbeams, every cell in a whirl of enjoyment”), nature transforms from a place into a character, and the whole tumult resolves in giddy benedictions.
— Megan Garber
IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A PAGE-TURNER
CATHERINE HOUSE, BY ELISABETH THOMAS
Elisabeth Thomas’s debut novel weaves a thrilling, compact story that builds dread slowly. It can feel claustrophobic at times, as though the narrator, a rebellious student named Ines, is trying to crawl her way out through its pages.
— Hannah Giorgis