6 books on the list
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"Wild Other" is a powerful memoir about one woman's search for home after a traumatic accident left her mother permanently brain-damaged. Clover Stroud takes readers on a journey through gypsy camps in Ireland, rodeos in west Texas, and war-torn Caucasus in Russia, before finding her way back to England. This honest and emotional account explores themes of love, loss, family, and the healing power of nature. Don't miss out on this extraordinary and inspiring story of a life lived to the fullest.
Here's the reaction a friend had to a book I recommended: THE WILD OTHER, memoir by @cloverstroud. Read it! It's wonderful. #thewildother – source
Love and Trouble
A Midlife Reckoning
Love and Trouble is a captivating memoir that explores the emotional intensity of two similar periods in the author's life - her current experience as a middle-aged mother with new hungers and her memories of being a teenager. This book is both intelligent and funny, as Dederer shares the perils and pleasures of girlhood, womanhood, and life itself.
THIS BOOK. Read it. – source
The Book of Strange New Things
In this captivating novel, Peter is sent on a mission to an unknown world, leaving his wife behind. As he becomes immersed in his work, he discovers a friendly native population struggling with a fatal illness, hungry for his teachings. Meanwhile, back on Earth, Bea's faith falters as natural disasters devastate the planet. As the distance between them grows, they are forced to confront their love and faith like never before. With precise language, this profound meditation on love and our responsibilities to those closest to us will leave you mesmerized.
THE BOOK OF STRANGE NEW THINGS is a beautiful & hypnotic & sinuous novel that I think maybe is a masterpiece. – source
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"Unlock your creativity with Syllabus, a guide to writing by award-winning author Lynda Barry. Known for her popular writing workshop for non-writers, Barry has compiled lesson plans and exercises to help anyone tap into their imagination. Learn to connect the hand, brain, and spontaneous images through writing and art. Syllabus is a densely detailed and visually stunning book that offers advice on finding a creative voice and using memories to inspire the writing process. Perfect for aspiring writers of all backgrounds, this book will inspire and guide you on your writing journey."
I love this book so freaking much I bought it twice. I suggest you do the same. Lynda Barry is a force of awesomeness – source
Not That Kind of Girl
A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"
In Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham shares a collection of stories that are fearless, smart, and heartbreakingly honest. From getting your butt touched by your boss to proving yourself to a room of 50-year-old men in Hollywood, Dunham's stories cover friendship, travel, and having the kind of sex where you feel like you need to keep your sneakers on in case you have to run away during the act. This book establishes Dunham as a fresh and vibrant new literary voice.
So happy this Christmas night, finishing @lenadunham's book. Love it all, but this line brought me fits of laughter: – source
A family's summer vacation in Mallorca turns into a test of their relationships and secrets. The Posts are celebrating Franny and Jim's thirty-fifth wedding anniversary and their daughter's graduation. While trying to escape their tensions back in Manhattan, the family experiences resurfaced rivalries, humiliations and ancient wounds. Emma Straub brings a heartfelt tale of the sides of ourselves that we conceal and those we choose to show.
This book: Read It! This author: I adore her! @emmastraub – source