Jo Ann Beard’s new book, In Zanesville, has been getting great reviews so far. I’m only a few pages into it, and I’m already in love. If you haven’t read The Boys of My Youth (her book of essays) yet, you really should (the new cover is pretty!). Her stuff is way more influential to the modern personal essay than I think she gets credit for. And if you don’t believe me about In Zanesville, read the coverage here, here, and here.
I still can’t believe she’s my thesis advisor and that she just sent me the dopest email about my latest draft. Swoon.