FACING YOUR FEARS HEAD ON: Are you, for some reason, not already filled with a sense of dread and doom? Only you know how much you want to stare our current situation straight in the face, but don’t say I didn’t warn you about these books. The one everyone is talking about, through gritted teeth, is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. It’s a great book, though it may be too much for some at this particular moment. Or maybe you think it’s just not enough, in which case I recommend a read, or reread, of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks. The book I personally can’t stop thinking about is Severance by Ling Ma. It’s one of my favorites, and it just keeps crossing my mind through these strange and scary days. It’s leavened a bit by satire and black humor, but let’s be real: It’s still the story of a country and a woman in the midst of a pandemic. In A Song for a New Day by Baltimore sci-fi author Sarah Pinsker, public gatherings have been outlawed; there’s a lot to chew on here, with some really great writing about the importance of music and art and connection.