How does Barak Obama create his annual reading list? Sophie Vershbow looked into it for Esquire.

Ann Perry has died. She was 84. I had NO IDEA that she and a friend murdered the friend’s mom when she was a teenager — it’s all in the obit.

Hey you know how some cities responded to desegregation orders at public pools by closing them all together? Some local governments with terrible, angry leadership are now trying to shutter libraries rather than knock off their book banning. Gross, hate it! Want to fight this? Here’s how, via The Washington Post.

I don’t know what HBO (or Max or whatever it’s called now) is thinking with a planned new Harry Potter series. Who wants this? Seems like a bad way to try to save the transphobic creator’s production company, which had a 74% drop in profits. Who’d have thought that people DON’T want to support someone so full of hate!!!!

Palate cleanser: here’s a book about dogs on call.

Looking for a very good book newsletter that also doesn’t bombard you with recommendations to the point you can’t take the time to read every issue? Try Book ‘Em, Zach-o.

Since I am apparently on a personal journey to read every English-language book set in Italy (spoiler alert another one is coming up in my next review), One Italian Summer is headed to the big screen.

Want to look at some Italian food right now while you wait (and I go get ready to run for hours in the woods tomorrow?) Vogue’s got it covered, with a piece on (food book) author Katie Parla.

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Jen Miller

Jen Miller

Jen A. Miller is a an author and freelance writer. Her memoir, Running a Love Story, was a Philadelphia Inquirer best book of the year. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, SELF, Buzzfeed and the Guardian, among others.

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