Sometimes, the book you’re looking for finds you

My February 8, 2022 book culture column for the San Francisco Chronicle:

I’m often asked how I decide what to read next. I read countless book reviews (the New York Times, Literary Hub, Slate and the New Yorker, to name a few), get recommendations from friends whose lit cred I admire and browse real-life bookstores. But sometimes great books arrive in mysterious ways.

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