“I love us, in our madness, but we all need our own private unraveling and recentering daily if we’re going to survive this phase of America.” —
Harmony Holiday

I Live Real Close to Where You Used to Live: Kids’ Letters to Michelle Obama

I Live Real Close to Where You Used to Live, edited by Lauren Hall, is a collection of letters written by kids across America to Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia and Sasha (plus a few to their dog Bo). Each missive differs wildly in subject—from Easy Bake ovens and Pokémon, to immigration, school funding, foreclosures, and war. You’ll find no shortage of advice, observations, requests, and questions (“Wouldn’t it be awesome if pickles grew on trees?”) from these young writers. Proceeds from the book benefit 826 National.