Sarah Hollenbeck of W&CF, 7 Books to teach us about love
Sarah Hollenbeck is a writer, editor, and co-owner of my fave Chicago bookstore, Women and Children First. Her essays have been featured in literary magazines and blogs, as well as, most recently, a collection of feminist writing called Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America, alongside Cheryl Strayed and Samantha Irby. Big time! Read her beautiful piece from that collection on the idea of motherhood in uncertain times here .
I asked her to share some of her favorite stories about love and she graciously agreed, putting a thoughtful spin on the idea.
“I'm not much into love stories, but here are some unconventional books that I adore (novels, short stories, nonfiction) that expanded or challenged my understanding of love--not only for one's partner or kin but also for one's self”:
These are wonderful, thanks so much, Sarah!
If you’ve never been to W&CF, here are some things I love about it:
-Excellent staff and THE BEST “staff picks” shelf
-Monthly book groups, go once and meet women who’ve been going for 20 years!
-Weekly children’s storytime, on Wednesday’s from 10:30-11.
-Cozy reading areas and a toy corner so moms can browse for a millisecond.
-An events calendar that’s brimming with readings, book launches, and programming for teens.
I could go on and on.
To see Sarah be her brilliant self live, stop by W&CF or head to Steppenwolf this Saturday for a reading on, fittingly, LOVE.