In this memoir, Maggie Nelson and her partner, the gender-fluid artist Harry Dodge, simultaneously undergo metamorphoses: Nelson’s body is transformed by pregnancy and Dodge’s by a mastectomy and testosterone injections. A powerful thinker and crafter of gorgeous, sharp sentences, Nelson explores what it means to be an artist and intellectual in a relationship seen as unconventional while submitting to one of the most “normal” experiences on earth: motherhood.
Even if you haven’t read anything but a magazine all year, it’s not too late to start on this list of the 14 best books of 2015. We’ve added to our list of the most anticipated books of the year to include these picks, from debut novels to the final installment of a best selling series. These novels deploy both humor and incisiveness to grapple with race, parenthood, friendship, family and even a memory-erasing virus. (No, the To Kill a Mockingbird sequel didn’t make the cut.) Curl up at one of the city’s best bookstores and start reading.
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