Gretchen Lida

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.


22 entries by Gretchen Lida

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Thin Places: A Natural History of Healing and Home

A lyrical recollection of growing up amid the Troubles.

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Winter Pasture

By Li Juan; translated by Jack Hargreaves and Yan Yan

Winter Pasture

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

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Mothertrucker: Finding Joy on the Loneliest Road in America

A bittersweet exploration of God, violence, and the power of friendship.

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Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law

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

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

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

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The Window Seat: Notes from a Life in Motion

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

The Story of More

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

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

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

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Dark, Salt, Clear: Life in a Fishing Village

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

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Waters of the World

By Sarah Dry

Waters of the World

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

Having and Being Had

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

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

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

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Underland

By Robert Macfarlane

Underland

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

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

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

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Half Broke: A Memoir

By Ginger Gaffney

Half Broke: A Memoir

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

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Ghost Riders

By Mark Felton

Ghost Riders

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

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A Dream Called Home

By Reyna Grande

A Dream Called Home

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

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Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss

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

Underland: A Deep Time Journey

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

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Savage News: A Novel

By Jessica Yellin

Savage News: A Novel

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

White Dancing Elephants

This award-winning debut boasts virtuoso range and depth.