You searched for "Gretchen Lida".

55 results were found.

Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law

…us will start listening. Gretchen Lida is an essayist and an equestrian. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. She is a contributing writer to Horse Network and the Independent and is working on her first book.…

5 Most Popular Posts: August 2021

…the Ku Klux Klan.” Gretchen Lida’s review of The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here by Hope Jahren (Vintage). “We might combat climate crises by leaving copies of Hope Jahren’s The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and…

20+ Non-Beach Reads to Read at the Beach

…feminism and reshapes them.” ~Gretchen Lida The Wall by John Hersey. “Like the best historical fiction, this transportive, multilayered novel about the horrors (and occasional triumphs) of the real-life Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in WWII immerses you in another place and time. It also exposes as utterly absurd the recent cries…

The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of the Oceans

…— to protect it. Gretchen Lida is an essayist and an equestrian. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. She is a contributing writer to Horse Network and the Independent and is working on her first book.…

12 Good Books to Pass Along

…from person to person.” ~Gretchen Lida Everyday Stalinism: Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times by Sheila Fitzpatrick. “A book on everyday life in 1930s Russia was useful when I was researching my second novel (silk stockings were back in fashion in 1938!), but I don't need information on Siberian housing barracks…

The Window Seat: Notes from a Life in Motion

…other along the way. Gretchen Lida is an essayist and an equestrian. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. She is a contributing writer to Book Riot, Horse Network, and the Independent, and is working on her…

7 Most-Favorable Reviews in March 2021

…(Astra House). Reviewed by Gretchen Lida. “A memoir about hauling snow, shoveling manure, and living in a mud hut in one of the harshest environments on earth may not sound like a pleasure read. Yet, miraculously, Li Juan’s Winter Pasture: One Woman’s Journey with China’s Kazakh Herders is somehow just…

The Story of More

…originally ran in 2020.] Gretchen Lida is an essayist and an equestrian. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. She is a contributing writer to Book Riot, Horse Network, and the Independent, and is working on her…

Winter Pasture: One Woman’s Journey with China’s Kazakh Herders

…dreamed the same way. Gretchen Lida is an essayist and an equestrian. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. She is a contributing writer to Book Riot, Horse Network, and the Independent, and is also the host of HN…

Dark, Salt, Clear: Life in a Fishing Village

…the author, as well. Gretchen Lida is an essayist and an equestrian. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. She is a contributing writer to Book Riot, Horse Network, and the Independent, and is also the host of HN…

Waters of the World

…originally ran in 2019.] Gretchen Lida is an essayist and an equestrian. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. She is also a contributing writer to Book Riot, Horse Network, and the Independent, and is working on…

Our 51 Favorite Books of 2020

…& Company). Reviewed by Gretchen Lida. “The healing power of horses is not a new concept. It’s been explored across art forms. But narratives featuring equine therapy programs for veterans, autistic children, and others can often feel too sweet or tidy. This isn’t the case with Half Broke. The healing…

25 Angst-Free Books to Take Your Mind Off the Election

…part of the book.” ~Gretchen Lida The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove and Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore. “There are funnier Moore books out there — Fool and Lamb, in particular — but these silly ones belong on this list for their titles alone. Bonus points…

19 Apocalyptic Reads to Help You Embrace the Nightmare

…go, there you are.’” ~Gretchen Lida “The Birds” by Daphne Du Maurier. “Du Maurier’s classic short story — very different from Hitchcock’s film adaptation — has sudden disaster from nature escalating out of control, a government that’s partly reassuring, then wholly absent, and fear, dread, isolation, and more trouble looming.…

7 Most-Favorable Reviews in September 2020

…(Riverhead Books). Reviewed by Gretchen Lida. “For her new book, Having and Being Had, the searing image is the juxtaposition of Biss herself, a homeowner and successful writer, against her mother, who struggles to stay in the middle class: ‘She still has white privilege, but she often doesn't have hot…

Having and Being Had

…we need right now. Gretchen Lida is an essayist and an equestrian. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. She is a contributing writer to Book Riot, Horse Network, and the Independent, and is working on her…

7 Most-Favorable Reviews in June 2020

…(Bloomsbury Publishing). Reviewed by Gretchen Lida. “While it has a few blind spots, The Next Great Migration convincingly argues that the constant movement of plants, animals, and people from one place to another is natural and signals health. Chapter by chapter, the author debunks the centuries-old ethos that most living…

The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move

…at least for now.] Gretchen Lida is an essayist and an equestrian. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. She is a contributing writer to Book Riot, Horse Network, and the Independent, and is working on her…

Underland

…originally ran in 2019.] Gretchen Lida is an essayist and an equestrian. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. She is also a contributing writer to Book Riot and the Washington Independent Review of Books and is…

7 Most-Favorable Reviews in April 2020

…Jahren (Vintage). Reviewed by Gretchen Lida. “We might combat climate crises by leaving copies of Hope Jahren’s The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here in strategic public places: on those display racks by the drink coolers in corner stores; near checkout…

Sobering Nonfiction to Put the Pandemic in Perspective

…of a black community.” ~Gretchen Lida Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey by Mikhal Dekel. “This is the story of the author’s father's family’s escape eastward after the Nazi occupation of Poland. This gripping tale makes me think of the saying, ‘Where there is life, there is hope,’ and so…

7 Most-Favorable Reviews in March 2020

…& Company). Reviewed by Gretchen Lida. “Gaffney’s home is only a 45-minute drive from Taos, which is famous for its high-end boutiques and prevalence of Hollywood stars’ second homes. Yet the author notes that poverty and despair plague her state. There is more than one New Mexico, just as there…

Apocalyptic Reads to Help You Embrace the Nightmare

…go, there you are.’” ~Gretchen Lida “The Birds” by Daphne Du Maurier. “Du Maurier’s classic short story — very different from Hitchcock’s film adaptation — has sudden disaster from nature escalating out of control, a government that’s partly reassuring, then wholly absent, and fear, dread, isolation, and more trouble looming.…

The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here

…by Hope Jahren, too. Gretchen Lida is an essayist and an equestrian. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. She is a contributing writer to Book Riot, Horse Network, and the Independent, and is working on her…

Happy, Fun Books to Take Your Mind Off the News

…part of the book.” ~Gretchen Lida The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove and Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore. “There are funnier Moore books out there — Fool and Lamb, in particular — but these silly ones belong on this list for their titles alone. Bonus points…

Half Broke: A Memoir

…all the more miraculous. Gretchen Lida is an essayist and an equestrian. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. She is a contributing writer to Book Riot, Horse Network, and the Independent, and is working on her…

51 Favorite Books of 2019

…& Company). Reviewed by Gretchen Lida. “To write Underland: A Deep Time Journey, Robert Macfarlane becomes a modern-day Indiana Jones. He squeezes himself into tunnels beneath Paris, speeds through potash mines with a dark-matter scientist in England, and narrowly avoids falling down a crevasse on a mountainside in Norway. Unlike…

Ghost Riders

…originally ran in 2018.] Gretchen Lida is an essayist and an equestrian. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Brevity, the Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. She is also a contributing writer to Book Riot. She teaches composition in Illinois, lives in Chicago,…

A Dream Called Home

…originally ran in 2018.] Gretchen Lida is an essayist and an equestrian. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Brevity, the Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. She is also a contributor to Book Riot. She teaches composition in Illinois, lives in Chicago, sometimes…

7 Best-Reviewed Books in August 2019

…(Milkweed Editions). Reviewed by Gretchen Lida. “Each chapter, written as a short vignette rich in imagery and the language of place, creates an immersive experience for the reader. The chapters span 1940 to 2018 and tell the stories of four generations of the author’s family. There are narratives about her…

5 Most Popular Posts: August 2019

…import of their actions.” Gretchen Lida’s review of Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss by Margaret Renkl (Milkweed Editions). “Late Migrations is a book about grief, yet within that grief lies beauty, wonder, and love. It is also a book about nature and family, and it is…

Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss

…of nature lovers everywhere. Gretchen Lida is an essayist and an equestrian. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. She is also a contributing writer to Book Riot, Horse Network, and the Washington Independent Review of Books…

7 Best-Reviewed Books in June 2019

…& Company). Reviewed by Gretchen Lida. “Macfarlane juxtaposes the underground scenery in front of him with the ecological, literary, and historical significances of the spaces. The way he chooses to contextualize his different ‘underlands’ is also so inclusive, it’s juicy. In one paragraph, he could be quoting ancient Arab lore,…

Underland: A Deep Time Journey

…us choose more wisely. Gretchen Lida is an essayist and an equestrian. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. She is also a contributing writer to Book Riot and the Washington Independent Review of Books and is…

Savage News: A Novel

…country she represents. Gretchen Lida is an essayist and an equestrian. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many others. She is also a contributing writer to Book Riot and the Washington Independent Review of Books and is working on…

7 Best-Reviewed Books in January 2019

…(Dzanc Books). Reviewed by Gretchen Lida. “The stories sometimes feel as if they’re working as a form of deconstruction, taking the notion of colonialism and smashing it. Other times, they read like protest art, training our eyes on both the perfect and the disturbing. Many are tales of Indian-American immigrants;…

White Dancing Elephants

…These white elephants dance. Gretchen Lida is an essayist and an equestrian. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Brevity, the Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. She is also a contributing writer to Book Riot and the Washington Independent Review of Books. She…

50 Favorite Books of 2018

…(Mariner Books). Reviewed by Gretchen Lida. “Despite its many subjects, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel is above all a book on writing. As I read, I underlined, highlighted, and snapped photos of quotes. While I sometimes do this with other books, it felt as though I couldn’t pick up…

A Dream Called Home: A Memoir

…that reflect their lives. Gretchen Lida is an essayist and an equestrian. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Brevity, the Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. She is also a contributor to Book Riot. She teaches composition in Illinois, lives in Chicago, sometimes…

Under the Lights and In the Dark

…originally ran in 2017.] Gretchen Lida is an essayist and equestrian. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Earth Island Journal, Horse Network, and many other publications. She is currently seeking a publisher for her book, Beware the Horse Girl: Essays for the Awkward Equestrian. Follow her on Twitter…

7 Best-Reviewed Books in July 2018

…Martin’s Press). Reviewed by Gretchen Lida. “It’s easy to see why it captures the imagination: Put a little drop of something-something in somebody’s champagne, and poof! They die horribly a few hours later, no need for brute strength or bloody cleanup. It may also grab our attention now because, as…

The Age of the Horse

…originally ran in 2017.] Gretchen Lida is an essayist and equestrian. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Earth Island Journal, Horse Network, and many other publications. She is currently seeking a publisher for her book, Beware the Horse Girl: Essays for the Awkward Equestrian. Follow her on Twitter…

7 Best-Reviewed Books in June 2018

…(Mariner Books). Reviewed by Gretchen Lida. “Despite its many subjects, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel is above all a book on writing. As I read, I underlined, highlighted, and snapped photos of quotes. While I sometimes do this with other books, it felt as though I couldn’t pick up…

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays

…longer than 140 characters. Gretchen Lida is an essayist and an equestrian. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Brevity, the Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. She is also a contributing writer to Book Riot. She teaches composition in Illinois, lives in Chicago,…

Where the Water Goes

…originally ran in 2017.] Gretchen Lida is a Colorado native with an MFA in creative nonfiction from Columbia College Chicago. Her work has appeared in New City, Horse Network, Brevity, and elsewhere. She resides in the Midwest, where she rides horses and thinks about Aldo Leopold. Like what we do?…

The Eight Mountains: A Novel

…that shape our lives. Gretchen Lida is an essayist and an equestrian. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Brevity, the Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. She is also a contributing writer to Book Riot. She teaches composition in Illinois, lives in Chicago,…

The Atomic City Girls: A Novel

…Girls struggles to find. Gretchen Lida is an essayist and an equestrian. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Brevity, the Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. She teaches composition in Illinois, lives in Wisconsin, sometimes lives on Nantucket, and is a Colorado native.…

Lost Girls: The Invention of the Flapper

…How much has changed? Gretchen Lida is an essayist and equestrian. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Earth Island Journal, Horse Network, and many other publications. She is currently seeking a publisher for her book, Beware the Horse Girl: Essays for the Awkward Equestrian. Follow her on Twitter…

Under the Lights and In the Dark: Untold Stories of Women’s Soccer

…many to this sport. Gretchen Lida is an essayist and equestrian. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Earth Island Journal, Horse Network, and many other publications. She is currently seeking a publisher for her book, Beware the Horse Girl: Essays for the Awkward Equestrian. Follow her on Twitter…

An Interview with Anne Hillerman

…[Photo by Jean Fogelberg.] Gretchen Lida is an essayist and equestrian. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Earth Island Journal, Horse Network, and many other publications. She is currently seeking a publisher for her book, Beware the Horse Girl: Essays for the Awkward Equestrian. Follow her on Twitter…

The Age of the Horse: An Equine Journey Through Human History

…for a good read. Gretchen Lida is an essayist and equestrian. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Earth Island Journal, Horse Network, and many other publications. She is currently seeking a publisher for her book, Beware the Horse Girl: Essays for the Awkward Equestrian. Follow her on Twitter…

Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River

…him to speak up. Gretchen Lida is a Colorado native with an MFA in creative nonfiction from Columbia College Chicago. Her work has appeared in New City, Horse Network, Brevity, and elsewhere. She resides in the Midwest, where she rides horses and thinks about Aldo Leopold. Like what we do?…