I love literature in all its many multifaceted forms. Novels. Essays. Fiction. Nonfiction. Short stories. Meditations on string cheese. Anything and everything (besides Ayn Rand, that is). Here's my list of some wonderful, aching, striking pieces of literature I highly recommend. This one is going to be very long- it encompasses my summer reading, much of last year, etc. Enjoy as I did. As Charles Bukowski puts it in his intro to Ask the Dust, "It is now yours."
Jenny Zhang- Sour Heart
Flannery O'Connor- Everything That Rises Must Converge
Roxane Gay- Hunger, Difficult Women
Brad Watson- Miss Jane
Jessica Valenti- Sex Object
Maggie Nelson- The Argonauts
Margaret Atwood- The Blind Assassin
Helen Oyeyemi- What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours
Ralph Ellison- Invisible Man
Jennifer Berney- "A Menagerie of Strays"
Jo Ann Beard- "The Fourth State of Matter"
Dylan Tupper Rupert- "Everything Changes All the Time"
Gabrielle Montesanti- "On Piss"
Emily Ziff Griffin- "Ugly Crying in Public"
Laura Spence-Ash- "Desire Lines"