The Books That Break Reading Slumps

April 24, 2020 | 2 books mentioned

At the Believer, Michael Seidlinger asks authors about the books and writers that got them out of reading slumps. The answers vary from Diving into the Wreck by Adrienne Rich for Lidia Yuknavitch and Claire Vaye Watkins for Amber Sparks. C Pam Zhang recalls a time when she “wanted worlds that swallowed my sense of self completely and spat me out only on the final page. And though it isn’t technically classified as horror, the one great book I remember reading during this period was Alissa Nutting’s hair-raising Tampa. Also, it made me laugh.”

is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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