New York Times Book Review Interview With Ann Leary: “I Like Scary Stories”

From a New York Times Book Review interview headlined “Ann Leary Likes Scary Stories”:

On my night stand, always, is a tattered volume of “The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke” and story collections by Raymond Carver and John Cheever because I like poems and short stories when falling asleep, especially when written by fellow depressives and alcoholics. I find Roethke’s poems particularly soothing, all the darkness, light and beauty in the natural world. Today, there is also a book called “Framing the Moron,” by Gerald O’Brien — a book about the eugenics era that I’m reading for an essay I’m writing, as well as Maud Newton’s wonderful new book, “Ancestor Trouble.”