Gretchen Lida

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 teaches composition in Illinois, lives in Chicago, sometimes resides on Nantucket Island, and is still a Colorado native. Find her on Twitter at @GC_Lida.


19 entries by Gretchen Lida

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This book’s laugh-out-loud delivery belies its sober underlying message.

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What can the beachy treasures tell us about the health of our planet?

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This timely essay collection reminds us that we’re all citizens of the world.

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The Story of More

By Hope Jahren

A perfect, pocket-size primer on environmental problems and solutions.

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

By Li Juan; translated by Jack Hargreaves and Yan Yan

This newly translated memoir has long been loved in the author’s native land.

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Compassionate realism illuminates this account of a working-class seaside town in England.

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Waters of the World

By Sarah Dry

The author flexes her skills as an historian but unfortunately goes slack in her prose.

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Having and Being Had

By Eula Biss

An occasionally uncomfortable — and long overdue — exploration of power and privilege.

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This new work combining science and social justice makes a strong case for coming and going.

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Underland

By Robert Macfarlane

A poetic, entrancing exploration of the spaces that lie beneath.

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A perfect, pocket-size primer on environmental problems and solutions.

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Half Broke: A Memoir

By Ginger Gaffney

An outstanding reflection from a horse trainer attempting to reach both animals and inmates.

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Ghost Riders

By Mark Felton

How an unlikely team-up rescued the Spanish Riding School’s prized steeds.

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A Dream Called Home

By Reyna Grande

An American tale of love, family, writing, and immigration for the next generation.

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A lyrical reflection on life that blends observations of the natural world with family memories.

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Underland: A Deep Time Journey

By Robert Macfarlane

A poetic, entrancing exploration of the spaces that lie beneath.

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Savage News: A Novel

By Jessica Yellin

This uneven media critique sadly proves that good politics doesn’t always make for good writing.

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White Dancing Elephants

By Chaya Bhuvaneswar

This award-winning debut boasts virtuoso range and depth.