What do you recommend?

“The last two books I read blew me away. A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin is a posthumously published collection of short stories largely about pink collar women, probably one of the most invisible populations of humans on the planet. But it’s her language, her deftness, the most surprising images that make you stop and read again. Plus these stories are equal parts humor and sadness: perfection. Then I read Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts, which is part treatise, part philosophy, part dialectic wrapped in a memoir about her marriage to a transgender man and having a child. Every page made me think, reflect, argue, laugh and ultimately cry (for their happiness).”

Betsy Lerner, author of The Bridge Ladies

Lerner appears at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Books & Books, Gables.