Saturday, December 15, 2018

Book Your Stocking with Melissa Stephenson

Book Your Stocking 2018

Book Your Stocking: December 15

All December long, avid readers show up on Book Your Stocking to share the book they most want to discover in their stocking this year (or, I think, the book they most want you to discover in your stocking because readers are like that, always wanting to talk to other readers through book selections). 

And today's book-wisher is writer Melissa Stephenson, all the way from the Midwest, Southwest, and now Northwest.


Asymmetery by Lisa Halliday
Asymmetry, a novel by Lisa Halliday, came to me on recommendation from someone whose taste I trust, and she was right: I've never read a book like this before. I mean that in a good way. I mean it in the way that I now understand why my friend said, I can't wait to talk about it when you finish. 

Because this book will whisk you away quickly, with sharp, bright prose and dialogue, and then it becomes something else. And something else again. And again. It's a narrative full of left turns, turns that add gravity and depth to the narrative. If you get it in your stocking, I'd love to talk about it when you finish.


About today's reader:

Melissa Stephenson
Melissa Stephenson's writing has appeared in publications such as  BlackbirdThe RumpusThe Washington Post, ZYZZYVA, and Fourth Genre. Her memoir, Driven, a memoir of cars, childhood, and loss, was released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in July of 2018. She lives in Missoula, Montana with her two kids. Learn more at


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