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Jia Tolentino is a Canadian-born American writer and editor. She is a staff writer for The New Yorker. She has previously worked as deputy editor of Jezebel and a contributing editor at The Hairpin. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine and Pitchfork.
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Minor Feelings
An Asian American Reckoning
Cathy Park Hong - Feb 25, 2020
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A ruthlessly honest, emotionally charged exploration of the psychological condition of being Asian American, by an award-winning poet and essayist Asian Americans inhabit a purgatorial status: neither white enough nor black enough, unmentioned in most conversations about racial identity. In the popular imagination, Asian Americans are all high-achi...
Jia Tolentino
Mar 06, 2020
I read Minor Feelings in a fugue of enveloping recognition and distancing flinch. The question of lovability, and desirability, is freighted for Asian men and Asian women in very different ways - and Minor Feelings serves as a case study in how a feminist point of view can both deepen an inquiry and widen its resonances to something like universality.      source
The Longing for Less
Living with Minimalism
Kyle Chayka - Jan 21, 2020
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"More than just a story of an abiding cultural preoccupation, The Longing For Less peels back the commodified husk of minimalism to reveal something surprising and thoroughly alive." -Jenny Odell, author of How to Do Nothing "Thoughtful and absorbing . . . A superb outing from a gifted young critic that will spark joy in many readers." -...
Jia Tolentino
Jan 27, 2020
The Longing for Less, a new book by the journalist and critic Kyle Chayka, arrives not as an addition to the minimalist canon but as a corrective to it. Chayka aims to find something deeper within the tradition than an Instagram-friendly aesthetic and the “saccharine and pre-digested” advice of self-help literature. Writing in search of the things that popular minimalism sweeps out of the frame—the void, transience, messiness, uncertainty—he surveys minimalist figures in art, music, and philosophy, searching for a minimalism of ideas rather than things.      source
The Third Rainbow Girl
The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia
Emma Copley Eisenberg - Jan 21, 2020
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In the afternoon or early evening of June 25, 1980, two young women, Vicki Durian and Nancy Santomero, were killed in an isolated clearing in rural Pocahontas County West Virginia. They were hitchhiking to an outdoor peace festival known as the Rainbow Gathering, but never arrived. Their killings have been called “The Rainbow Murders.”For thirteen ...
Jia Tolentino
Jan 22, 2020
This book by Emma Eisenberg, whose reporting on the Sage Smith case was so essential for me, is a really beautiful study in subverted expectations: true crime, coming-of-age, West Virginia, the arcs of each story unexpectedly kinked      source
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Children of the Land
A Memoir
Marcelo Hernandez Castillo - Sep 29, 2020
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An Entertainment Weekly, The Millions, and LitHub Most Anticipated Book of 2020This unforgettable memoir from a prize-winning poet about growing up undocumented in the United States recounts the sorrows and joys of a family torn apart by draconian policies and chronicles one young man’s attempt to build a future in a nation that denies his existenc...
Jia Tolentino
Jan 20, 2020
If anyone is looking for a good book about the border, migration, humanity in the face of dehumanization, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo’s beautiful memoir comes out next week, there are many passages in it that I’ve found unforgettable      source
Uncanny Valley
Anna Wiener - Jan 01, 2020
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The prescient, page-turning account of a journey in Silicon Valley: a defining memoir of our digital ageIn her mid-twenties, at the height of tech industry idealism, Anna Wiener—stuck, broke, and looking for meaning in her work, like any good millennial—left a job in book publishing for the promise of the new digital economy. She moved from New Yor...
Jia Tolentino
Jan 09, 2020
I have yet to read a better book than Uncanny Valley since I read Uncanny Valley last summer & I think it'll be awhile until I do. EVERYONE BUY IT      source
The Gimmicks
A Novel
Chris McCormick - Jan 07, 2020
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“The Gimmicks is a gorgeous epic that astounds with its scope and beauty. With empathy and humor, McCormick unravels the ties between brotherhood and betrayal, love and abandonment, and the fictions we create to live with the pain of the past. This novel will blow you away.” —Brit Bennett, New York Times bestselling author of The MothersSet in the ...
Jia Tolentino
Jan 07, 2020
Happy book bday to @chris_mccorm, a writer with an extraordinary sensitivity to love & place & history, also the #1 reason I had fun in grad school. This novel is a little universe (rainy Armenia, love triangles, wrestlers on the road, scheming guerrillas!) & it is so, so good      source
Against Creativity
Oli Mould - Oct 09, 2018
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Everything you have been told about creativity is wrongFrom line managers, corporate CEOs, urban designers, teachers, politicians, mayors, advertisers and even our friends and family, the message is “be creative’. Creativity is heralded as the driving force of our contemporary society, celebrated as agile, progressive and liberating. It is the spri...
Jia Tolentino
Oct 10, 2019
This book (a rec from @the_jennitaur!) has fucked me up so bad. Recommended if you are struggling, and who isn’t, with capitalism’s ability to appropriate the act of sharing, the fact of creativity, resistance, collaboration, everything at all      source
Know My Name
A Memoir
Chanel Miller - Sep 24, 2019
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The riveting, powerful memoir of the woman whose statement to Brock Turner gave voice to millions of survivors. She was known to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with a letter. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford's campus. Her victim impact statemen...
Jia Tolentino
Sep 30, 2019
I read this book cover to cover on Saturday & it stunned me: Chanel Miller is such a lushly talented writer, with such beautiful instincts, that she does the nearly impossible by making this book easily surmount its origin point. Hope it’s required reading in HS & colleges      source
The Testaments
The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood - Sep 10, 2019
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When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of The Handmaid's Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her--freedom, prison or death.With The Testaments, the wait is over.Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story more than fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female ...
Jia Tolentino
Sep 05, 2019
The book may surprise readers who wondered, when the sequel was announced, whether Atwood was making a mistake in returning to her earlier work. It seems to have another aim as well: to help us see more clearly the kinds of complicity required for constructing a world like the one she had already imagined, and the world we fear our own might become.      source
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Pachinko
Min Jin Lee - Nov 14, 2017
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In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant--and that her lover is married--she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister pas...
Jia Tolentino
Aug 03, 2019
I'm in awe of this book and the way it combines a 19th-century novel's powers of submersion with a blazingly contemporary sense of ethics. I was basically gasping as I read this saga of an ethnically Korean family in Japan - desperate to know what happened next, overwhelmed with love and sorrow.      source
Slow Days, Fast Company
The World, The Flesh, and L.A. (New York Review Books Classics)
Eve Babitz - Aug 30, 2016 (first published in 1977)
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No one burned hotter than Eve Babitz. Possessing skin that radiated “its own kind of moral laws,” spectacular teeth, and a figure that was the stuff of legend, she seduced seemingly everyone who was anyone in Los Angeles for a long stretch of the 1960s and ’70s. One man proved elusive, however, and so Babitz did what she did best, she wrote him a b...
Jia Tolentino
Aug 03, 2019
At some level I'll spend my whole life wishing that I'd ever really lived, if just for a little while, the way Babitz did in Los Angeles in the 1960s and '70s. No one writes about pleasure, recklessness, and evanescence better. This book is like a night with perfect velocity; a lavender sunrise; a pharmacological whisper that you can do this forever and never die.      source
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The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud
Gravity and Grace by Simone Weil
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
The Word Pretty by Elisa Gabbert
Lie With Me by Philippe Besson
Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
Three Body Problem The by Liu Cixin
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
Exhalation by Ted Chiang
Normal People by Sally Rooney
Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
Lot by Bryan Washington
The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg
Severance by Ling Ma
Motherhood by Sheila Heti
Afterglow by Eileen Myles
Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang
Who Is Rich? by Matthew Klam
Made for Love by Alissa Nutting
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling
Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett
Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins
Barbara the Slut and Other People by Lauren Holmes
Barbarian Days by William Finnegan
The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
Love and Other Ways of Dying by Michael Paterniti
Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins
Tapping the Source by Kem Nunn