11 books on the list
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I love Ted Kooser’s book Valentines & this day always reminds me of one of the least obviously romantic poems in the book, “New Potato”: – source
The Hero of This Book
Experience a journey of grief, renewal, and self-discovery in this searing novel by bestselling and award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken. A writer reflects on her complicated mother's life and their relationship during a trip to London, questioning whether a chronicle of her mother's remarkable life is an act of love or betrayal. With humor and heartbreak, this book explores the nature of writing, memory, and art, reminding us that they are what remain when all else falls away.
This sharp, tender & unclassifiable book made me love @elizmccracken’s late mother Natalie and also, miss my own – source
Also recommended byCheryl StrayedNancy Pearl
A gripping and original tale about a man struggling to recreate his erased past after a severe accident. McCarthy's narrative delves into morality and reality, leading the reader down a disturbing path. Full of vivid imagery and chilling prose, this book is impossible to put down.
@askanyone @VintageAnchor Genius book – source
Also recommended bySloane Crosley
Explore the moral crisis of a Midwestern family on a pivotal winter day in Jonathan Franzen's captivating novel, Crossroads. Russ Hildebrandt, an associate pastor, contemplates leaving his joyless marriage while his wife Marion hides her own secrets. Their children, Clem and Becky, are undergoing drastic changes, while their younger brother, Perry, resolves to better himself. Franzen's celebrated character depth and contemporary commentary deliver a tour de force of interwoven perspectives and sustained suspense. Discover the resonance of the Hildebrandt family's story with our own in Crossroads.
@mywingman_84 So cool that this book is a) warm & b) has a deep, wild "mom" character. Feels like an elbow-throw after Freedom and Purity, a demonstration that he can do the exact stuff some critics (including me) found wanting. – source
The Secret to Superhuman Strength
This graphic memoir, by a renowned author, explores the lifelong relationship between exercise and the author. It covers the history of fitness culture from the 60s to present day and details the author's personal journey towards health and self-improvement. Along the way, she discovers the true secret to superhuman strength: not six-pack abs, but the recognition of our interdependence with others. A heartrending and hilarious read for anyone who has ever embarked on their own fitness journey.
This book is incredible. I love it. It goes miles deep. – source
Audience of One
Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America
Audience of One by James Poniewozik delves into the history of television and its role in shaping American society and politics, ultimately leading to the election of Donald J. Trump. Poniewozik interweaves two crucial stories, tracing the evolution of television from the shared monoculture era to today's atomized universe, and a cultural critique of the president. He reveals how Trump became a character that wrote itself and rode the media beast to ultimate power. A penetrating and often hilarious review of the farcical reality show we have all come to live in, Audience of One is a sobering reflection on the intersection of politics and pop culture.
This book is outstanding and I cried at the end. – source
Also recommended byDavid FrumRachel Martin
Discover the powerful tribe shaping our everyday behavior - coders. Tech writer Clive Thompson delves deep into the minds of computer programmers, exploring the distinctive psychology of this vocation that combines logic, efficiency, puzzle-solving, and superhuman tolerance for frustration. Unpacking the surprising history of the field, Coders also ponders the morality and politics of code and its implications for our civic life and economy. With personal anecdotes and masterful storytelling, Thompson takes readers on a thought-provoking journey into the heart of the machine.
A terrific excerpt from @pomeranian99’s book CODERS (out in March!), all about the lost history of women programmers: – source
Also recommended bySarah Drasner
My Brilliant Friend
Neapolitan Novels, Book One
This modern masterpiece follows two friends, Elena and Lila, as they grow up in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples in the 1950s. Through their intertwined paths, Ferrante tells the story of a changing nation and the nature of friendship. This rich, intense, and generous-hearted book is a must-read for fans of character-driven stories.
I was enjoying My Brilliant Friend (the book) only mezzo mezzo until I got to the final line, which snapped me to attention and made me love it. I've never had that experience with a book before. – source
Also recommended byLee Pace
Sharp is a captivating exploration of some of the most influential and formidable female literary figures of the twentieth century. From Dorothy Parker to Joan Didion, Michelle Dean delves into the lives and writings of these brilliant women, examining how they cut through the cultural and intellectual history of America with their precision of thought and wit. Dean expertly intertwines biography, literary criticism, and cultural history to provide a rich depiction of the intellectual milieu of twentieth-century New York. This book celebrates these women's accomplishments in a time where sexism prevailed in the critical establishment, proving that anyone can claim the mantle of writer and perhaps change the world.
I am eating this book up like candy and I want to collect all of these paper dolls. – source
Why Not Me?
This collection of personal essays by a beloved author and actress explores the themes of finding contentment and excitement in adult life, including falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, and navigating the challenges of Hollywood as a person of color. With wit and humor, the author shares her secrets for on-camera beauty and reflects on America's fixation with the weight of actresses. This laugh-out-loud funny book is perfect for anyone going through a turning point in their life or career. Plus, there's a story about meeting Bradley Cooper!
Mindy Kaling’s book is hilarious. – source
Also recommended bySeth Rogen