A Teacher In Search of Emotional Escape

Episode 1

Alexa Nicolaou is a teacher on the hunt for an escapist read. Her questionnaire revealed that she’s a snob about bagels, and she’s impressed by people who can stick to a skincare routine. (Who isn’t?!) Our three literary matchmakers are on the case.

Round 1 Picks

The Mercies by Kiran Milwood Hargrave

And I Do Not Forgive You: Stories & Other Revenges by Amber Sparks

Circe by Madeline Miller 

Round 2 Picks

The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin

We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry

The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger

Featured Bookstores

Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights, OH

Bookends in Ridgewood, NJ

Prairie Lights in Iowa City, IA

Published by Kristen Evans

Kristen Evans is a culture writer and content strategist with a background in non-profit development. You can find her work in The Believer, Brooklyn Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Literary Hub, and NYLON, among other outlets. Please talk to her about books on Twitter, where she spends too much time tweeting as @paperalphabet.