Barbara Lane and Book Women | 4-14-2020

San Francisco Chronicle book columnist Barbara Lane is joined by writers Ellen Sussman, Aya DeLeon and Vanessa Hua in a free-ranging discussion about what they’re reading and writing during this unprecedented sheltering time plus a more global examination of how COVID-19 is changing the book world.

Biographies

Barbara Lane is the San Francisco Chronicle book columnist, Copperfield’s Books Director of Events, former JCCSF Director of Arts and Ideas.

Ellen Sussman is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels: A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons, and On a Night Like This.

Aya de Leon directs the Poetry for the People program, teaching creative writing at UC Berkeley. Kensington Books publishes her award-winning feminist heist/romance series, Justice Hustlers.

Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and author of the novel, A River of Stars, and the short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities.

Check the very bottom of this post for all of their book mentions and recommendations.

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Within a day or two, we’ll have listed as many of the books our guests mentioned as possible. there were SO many and we’ll have them up soon.

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Book Recommendations

During the course of this conversation, numerous book titles were brought up as recommendations by the various guests.

Recommended by Barbara Lane

Barbara Lane is the San Francisco Chronicle book columnist, Copperfield’s Books Director of Events, former JCCSF Director of Arts and Ideas.

Charles Dickens Great Expectations
Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice
Lisa Halliday Asymmetry
Ann Enright Actress
Elizabeth E. Little Pretty as a Picture
Joseph O’Neill Netherland
Jenny Offill Weather
Kenneth Grahame The Wind and the Willows 
Robert McCloskey Homer Price
Deborah Feldman Unorthodox

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Recommended by Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and author of the novel,A River of Stars, and short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities.

Lauren Tarshis I survived (kids book series)
Marcelo Hernandez Castillo Children of the Land
Valerie Luiselli Lost Children Archive
Elena Ferrante The Lying Life of Adults, My Brilliant Friend

Recommended by Aya de Leon

Aya de Leon directs the Poetry for the People program, teaching creative writing at UC Berkeley. Kensington Books publishes her award-winning feminist heist/romance series, Justice Hustlers.

Wendy C. Ortiz Excavation (For those who respond to My Dark Vanessa)
Carolina de Robertis Cantoras
Taylor Jenkins Reid The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Daisy Jones and the Six

Recommended by Ellen Sussman

Ellen Sussman is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels:  A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons, and On a Night Like This.

Vanessa Hua River of Stars
Aya de Leon Sideschick Nation
Ann Napolitano Dear Edward 
Lily King Euphoria, Writers and Lovers
Kate Elizabeth Russell My Dark Vanessa