a collage of the book covers of some of Coleen Grissom's Winter 2023 lit picks
Downright Weird
Coleen Grissom’s "Lit Picks" for Winter 2023

Since I’ve retired from Trinity, I suppose those of you who remember me at all assume I regularly wear overalls, have traded in my toy poodles for hound dogs, and chew tobacco rather than leisurely sip a gin martini. I assure you—NOT SO! 

I remain much the same—just slower and dressed more, let’s call it, casually. Regularly, I even lead discussions of contemporary novels with groups of “mature” women. As evidenced by this list, my taste in reading recommendations is, upon even the most casual of examinations, downright weird. Come to think of it, those of you who know me might be muttering, “What else is new?” 

Here goes:

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver


The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn



The Gathering by Anne Enright


Horse by Geraldine Brooks


Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann



Absolution by Alice McDermott


If Cats Disappeared  From the World by Genki Kawamura


The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré



The Drowning Girls by Veronica Lando


Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus


Overboard by Sara Paretsky



12th of Never by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro


Taken to the Grave by M.M. Chouinard

Coleen Grissom, Ph.D., is a professor emerita of English at Trinity University. 

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