"Life offers up these moments of joy despite everything..."
— Sally Rooney, Normal People
 

 
 
 
 

 
"No book is worth reading that isn't worth re-reading."
— Susan Sontag
 

 
"Loneliness," says Maggie Nelson, "is solitude with a problem."
In a time of social distancing, here are some of our favorite books on solitude and not, we hope, loneliness.

 
“It is a curious fact that people are never so trivial as when they take themselves seriously,” said Oscar Wilde. Here are some of our favorite funny books to keep us from becoming too trivial during serious days.

 
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes," says Proust. Though you may not be able to travel,
here are some brilliant pairs of eyes.

 
If you're feeling stuck, cramped, or constricted, why not leave this world for another, of only temporarily? These space- and time-bending tales will transport you to extraordinary worlds unknown.

 
Our favorite hand-held time machines, from the epic battles of
ancient history to the political intrigues of the not-so-distant past.
 

 
                                      ...and read again...and again...and again...
 

 
The 100 bestselling books in the fifteen year history of McNally Jackson.
 
 

 
The literature of plagues past, both truth and fiction,
can help us make sense of what’s happening now.
 

 
“I love New York, even though it isn’t mine, the way something has to be,
a tree or a street or a house, something, anyway,
that belongs to me because I belong to it.”
― Truman Capote

 
“Art is the highest form of hope." ― Gerhard Richter
 
 

 
“To make a film is easy.
To make a good film is war.
To make a very good film is a miracle."
― Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu