Hilary Krutt

Hilary Krutt

After several years in the Subsidiary Rights Department at Atria Books, Hilary Krutt now works as an editor at L&T, a brand publishing company. A former member of the Off the Shelf editorial board, Hilary continues to be an avid consumer (and sometimes reviewer) of contemporary fiction and memoir. She hails from Boston but currently calls Brooklyn home.

Posts by Hilary Krutt

A Doctor’s Final Reckoning With Death

Paul Kalanithi recounts the story of his own mortality with the precision of a surgeon and the poeticism of a gifted writer—because, of course, he was both.

But his uncanny ability to inhabit two seemingly disparate worlds does not end here; his narrative also straddles the divide between doctor and patient, caretaker and cared for, lackadaisical philosopher and man of reason. At the heart of this reckoning is the battle that consumes his days: “to pursue death: to grasp it, uncloak it, and see it eye-to-eye, unblinking.” WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR is the beautiful, heartbreaking exploration of this very inevitability that we all fear—but that few dare to look straight in the eye.

Soldier On, My Friends, Love Is Just a Swipe Away

Over the course of my lifetime, several noteworthy relationship guides have emerged from a generally uninspiring landscape. In the early ’90s, it was MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS. If you came of age in the early aughts, you had HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU. Until now, that was my personal bible on matters of the heart (it’s EMPOWERING, okay?). But then, on a sunny day in June 2015, came the relationship book to end all relationship books: Aziz Ansari’s MODERN ROMANCE.

This Land is Your Land: 13 Literary Pit Stops Across the USA

We’re kicking off the summer season with a literary road trip from the lush forests of Maine, to the small towns of the Midwest, to the expansive plains of Wyoming. Each of these thirteen books celebrates a distinct microcosm of the American landscape. Choose your own destination and let’s hit the road!

12 Books that Illuminate the Beautiful and Complex History of Cuba

Until recently, the fraught relationship between the United States and Cuba has made it difficult for Americans to fully experience Cuba—except through books, that is. But even as tourism to Havana and its environs may soon become commonplace, literature continues to play a crucial role in shaping and reinforcing the complex identity of the country for natives and foreigners alike. Here are twelve books that illuminate Cuba through time, space, and memory.

11 Powerful Stories of Addiction and What Comes After

Millions of Americans are currently suffering from addiction, and countless more have lost their lives or a loved one to the disease. The following novels and memoirs are by turns harrowing, painful, and even humorous—and offer an ultimately hopeful perspective on the road to recovery and redemption that can follow one’s battle with addiction.

13 Lena Dunham-Approved Books You Need to Read Right Now

Lena Dunham seems to be everywhere these days. Best known as the creator, writer, and star of the HBO series Girls, now in its fifth and penultimate season, and the author of Not That Kind of Girl, she has emerged as a feminist voice for the millennial generation. She is a voracious reader, frequently highlighting her favorite books on Instagram and in Lenny Letter, her recently launched feminist newsletter. Just last week, she announced that Lenny Letter will begin publishing books as an imprint with Penguin Random House. Here, we have highlighted thirteen fantastic reads that have already fetched Lena’s stamp of approval.

A Tale of Two Lovable Misanthropes in Haute Paris

I have done much to earn the title of incurable Francophile. It began with weekly French lessons in elementary school, and quickly progressed to full-blown infatuation. I’ve done the whole bit: studied French lit, spent the obligatory semester abroad in Paris, and even returned to live in the city for a year after I graduated from college. It’s astounding to me, given these circumstances, that I had never previously picked up Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog.

A Childhood Memoir That’s Stranger Than Fiction

If any writer has mastered the art of finding humor in the grotesque, it’s Augusten Burroughs. Really, he had no choice. If he had taken to heart every trauma of his childhood, he would never have made it to adulthood—much less to his status as a New York Times bestselling author. As my grandmother always tells me, ‘If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry’—and Burroughs’s memoir, Running with Scissors, exemplifies this philosophy.

12 Novels that Take a Bite Out of the Big Apple

British novelist Angela Carter once declared, “Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual.” This feeling of perpetual movement—that the city is continually revealing new aspects of itself—is perhaps what makes it so universally beloved by residents and tourists alike. These twelve books place New York center stage as a living, breathing character in its own right.

13 Significant Books on Civil Rights for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day presents an important opportunity to reflect on the progress made since the Civil Rights Movement, as well as to meditate on how best to address inequalities that persist to this day. Here, in honor of Dr. King, we highlight writers who have made significant contributions to the discussion of race relations in this country.

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