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Gretchen Craft Rubin is an American author, blogger and speaker.
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The Pillow Book
Sei Shonagon - Oct 30, 2007
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The classic portrayal of court life in tenth-century Japan Written by the court gentlewoman Sei Shonagon, ostensibly for her own amusement, The Pillow Book offers a fascinating exploration of life among the nobility at the height of the Heian period, describing the exquisite pleasures of a confined world in which poetry, love, fashion, and whim do...
Gretchen Rubin
Dec 04, 2020
From this week's #happierpodcast: Think of a book that you read in high school or college that you still think about, and re-read it. For example, I still remember "The Pillow Book" by Sei Shonogun and still have my copy from college.     source
The Westing Game
Ellen Raskin - Apr 12, 2004 (first published in 1978)
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A bizarre chain of events begins when sixteen unlikely people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing's will. And though no one knows why the eccentric, game-loving millionaire has chosen a virtual stranger—and a possible murderer—to inherit his vast fortune, one thing's for sure: Sam Westing may be dead ... but that won't stop him from playing...
Gretchen Rubin
Oct 19, 2020
I love children’s literature, and one of my favorite books is Ellen Raskin’s mysterious, powerful, funny “The Westing Game.” I was fascinated to read this piece about the novel and the author:     source
The Book of Delights
Essays
Ross Gay - Feb 12, 2019
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Ross Gay’s The Book of Delights is a genre-defying book of essays—some as short as a paragraph; some as long as five pages—that record the small joys that occurred in one year, from birthday to birthday, and that we often overlook in our busy lives. His is a meditation on delight that takes a clear-eyed view of the complexities, even the terrors, i...
Gretchen Rubin
Sep 14, 2020
On episode 223 of #happierpodcast, we talked to poet Ross Gay about his latest book, a collection of short essays called "The Book of Delights." It’s funny, thought-provoking, meditative—and ebook is on sale today! Get it on Kindle here: @RossGay18     source
The Year of Magical Thinking
Joan Didion - Feb 13, 2007 (first published in 2005)
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'An act of consummate literary bravery, a writer known for her clarity allowing us to watch her mind as it becomes clouded with grief.'From one of America's iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage–and a life, in good times and bad–...
Gretchen Rubin
Sep 14, 2020
What I read this week. The Didion memoir was a re-read. I was looking up a passage from the beginning and ended up re-reading the whole book for the third time. #GretchenRubinReads What are you reading? @HMHCo @CharlesMBlow @AAKnopf @deystreet @SethS_D @tomvanderbilt     source
The Vanishing Half
A Novel
Brit Bennett - Jun 02, 2020
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Gretchen Rubin
Sep 14, 2020
In episode 288 of the #HappierPodcast, I recommended the brilliant novel “The Vanishing Half” by @britrbennett. @EllenGamerman’s piece in the @WSJ explores the tremendous buzz around the book:     source
Hunger
A Memoir of (My) Body
Roxane Gay - Jun 12, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist: a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself.“I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe. I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to eras...
Gretchen Rubin
Aug 23, 2020
I just finished @rgay's brilliant memoir “Hunger.” It’s about so many things, and fascinating and compelling on many levels. As someone who loves children’s literature and thinks about it a lot, I was also interested in how she talked about the books she loved as a child.     source
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The Biggest Bluff
How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win
Maria Konnikova - Jun 23, 2020
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How a New York Times bestselling author and New Yorker contributor parlayed a strong grasp of the science of human decision-making and a woeful ignorance of cards into a life-changing run as a professional poker player, under the wing of a legend of the gameIt's true that Maria Konnikova had never actually played poker before and didn't even know t...
Gretchen Rubin
Aug 22, 2020
Along with "The Biggest Bluff" by @mkonnikova, @colsonwhitehead's terrific book "The Noble Hustle" has inspired me to want to learn to play poker. Wish me luck.     source
The Noble Hustle
Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death
Colson Whitehead - May 06, 2014
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The Noble Hustle is Pulitzer finalist Colson Whitehead’s hilarious memoir of his search for meaning at high stakes poker tables, which the author describes as “Eat, Pray, Love for depressed shut-ins.”  On one level, The Noble Hustle is a familiar species of participatory journalism--a longtime neighborhood poker player, Whitehead was given a $10,00...
Gretchen Rubin
Aug 22, 2020
Along with "The Biggest Bluff" by @mkonnikova, @colsonwhitehead's terrific book "The Noble Hustle" has inspired me to want to learn to play poker. Wish me luck.     source
Magic by the Lake
Edward Eager - May 24, 2016 (first published in 1957)
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When wishing for magic, it’s hard not to wish for too much. If Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha had stopped to think—oh, if they had only stopped to think!—they would have ordered magic by the pound, or by the day, or even by the halves as they had in Half Magic. But no, they asked for magic by the lake—and now they have to deal with a whole lakef...
Gretchen Rubin
Sep 17, 2019
In a recent @EW interview, I was thrilled to see novelist @LauraMLippman talk about how much she loves the work of Edward Eager, children's book author. How I love Edward Eager! Her favorite book is “Knight’s Castle,” mine is “Magic by the Lake."     source
Charlotte's Web
E. B White - Jun 02, 2016 (first published in 1952)
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This beloved book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children's literature that is "just about perfect." This high-quality paperback features vibrant illustrations colorized by Rosemary Wells!Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte's Web, high up in Zuckerman's barn. Charlotte's ...
Gretchen Rubin
Jan 16, 2018
As someone who cried for 2 days straight after reading “Charlotte’s Web” for the first time, and who still cries every time I re-read the book (which is often), I was interested to see what #KateDiCamillo had to say abt sadness in children’s books: @TIME     source
The Book of Dust
La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1)
Philip Pullman - Jun 04, 2019 (first published in 2017)
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"Too few things in our world are worth a seventeen-year wait: The Book of Dust is one of them." --The Washington PostPhilip Pullman returns to the parallel world of his groundbreaking novel The Golden Compass to expand on the story of Lyra, "one of fantasy's most indelible characters" (The New York Times Magazine).Malcolm Polstead is the kind of bo...
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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
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Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Give and Take by Adam Grant
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron
Samuel Johnson by Samuel Johnson
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Holes by Louis Sachar
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C. G. Jung
The Midnight Fox by Betsy Byars
A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander
A Collection of Essays by George Orwell