The Sleep Library
Do you toss and turn until you finally sit up and flip on the light? Here are 11 books to get you through the endless, restless hours of the night, if not soothe you back to sleep.
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I Knew You'd Be Lovely
240 pages; Broadway
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In these 13 endearing short stories, Alethea Black focuses on how well-meaning people try their fumbling best to connect with each other. One the most romantic is a vignette about a divorcé brought out of his shell by a woman with laryngitis with whom he must communicate by writing notes. The title story, however, not only surprises but sticks with you over time: A woman who suspects that her partner is having a long-distance affair pins her hopes on a birthday gift "that demonstrated that she, better than anyone, understood the very contours of [his] soul." (And boy, does she succeed!) Black's characters are witty (one describes her laconic Eastern European boyfriend as "a riddle wrapped inside a mystery inside a blintz") without turning caustic, and remain mostly cheerful about their uncertain futures—just the kind of people with whom we want to connect.
— Corrie Pikul