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By now I’ve done many book round-ups, but I’m not sure I’ve ever been this excited for one. This season’s list has some really incredible reads, and I hope you’re ready to dive in! You can find my past selections here.
1. Leave Your Mark ($16.60) by Aliza Licht – I loved this book and recommend it to everyone I know working in social media. Also a great gift for high school or college students. “Aliza Licht-global fashion communications executive, AKA fashion’s favorite ‘PR girl’ and former Twitter phenomenon-is here to tell her story, complete with The Devil Wears Prada-like moments and insider secrets. Drawing invaluable lessons from her experience, Licht shares advice, inspiration, and a healthy dose of real talk in LEAVE YOUR MARK.” (read more)
2. The Dorito Effect ($19.20) by Mark Schatzker – My Dad and I have been doing a Father/Daughter book club and this was our latest read. It has a lot of “science jargon” but an fun read about a serious topic. You’ll never look at your food the same way again! “In The Dorito Effect, Mark Schatzker shows us how our approach to the nation’s number one public health crisis has gotten it wrong. The epidemics of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes are not tied to the overabundance of fat or carbs or any other specific nutrient. Instead, we have been led astray by the growing divide between flavor—the tastes we crave—and the underlying nutrition.” (read more)
3. Shotgun Lovesongs (12.50) by Nickolas Butler – I read this one during our trip to Europe and could hardly wait for our next flight or train ride so I could dive back into the story. LOVED it, and it’s based in Wisconsin, how cool is that? “The hearty Midwest, which thrums and beats through tiny Little Wing, Wisconsin—an Anytown, USA, if there ever was one—assumes the whole soul of Butler’s fetching debut, if only to end up proving how unassuming it is.” (read more)
4. Tiny Beautiful Things ($19.28) by Cheryl Strayed – “In this brave and deeply personal memoir, one of America’s most beloved journalists, mother, and New York Times best-selling author speaks candidly about her battle against breast cancer, her quest to learn about it and teach others, and the transformative effect it’s had on her life.” (read more)
5. The Dog Stars (8.52) by Peter Heller – “Hig somehow survived the flu pandemic that killed everyone he knows. Now his wife is gone, his friends are dead, and he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, Jasper, and a mercurial, gun-toting misanthrope named Bangley. But when a random transmission beams through the radio of his 1956 Cessna, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists outside their tightly controlled perimeter.” (read more)
6. Kitchens of the Great Midwest ($15.00) by J. Ryan Stradal – “When Lars Thorvald’s wife, Cynthia, falls in love with wine–and a dashing sommelier–he’s left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. He’s determined to pass on his love of food to his daughter–starting with puréed pork shoulder.” (read more)
7. Creativity, Inc ($15.82) by Ed Catmull – “From Ed Catmull, co-founder (with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter) of Pixar Animation Studios, the Academy Award–winning studio behind Inside Out and Toy Story, comes an incisive book about creativity in business.” (read more)
8. The Magicians ($10.04) by Lev Grossman – Another magic trilogy! I’m excited to try out this first book and if I’m hooked I’ll enjoy the other two over the cold, long winter! “Like everyone else, precocious high school senior Quentin Coldwater assumes that magic isn’t real, until he finds himself admitted to a very secretive and exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. There he indulges in joys of college-friendship, love, sex, and booze- and receives a rigorous education in modern sorcery.” (read more)
9. The Good Girl ($11.21) by Mary Kubica – “One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life.” (read more)
10. The Glass Castle ($10.80) by Jeanette Walls – “Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains.” (read more)
11. The Girl on the Train ($13.47) by Paula Hawkins – “Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.” (read more)
12. The Vacationers ($11.40) by Emma Straub – “For the Posts, a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Franny and Jim are observing their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, and their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high school. The sunlit island, its mountains and beaches, its tapas and tennis courts, also promise an escape from the tensions simmering at home in Manhattan. But all does not go according to plan.” (read more)
13. Everything I Never Told You ($9.60) by Celeste Ng – “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet. So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue.” (read more)
14. Thug Kitchen (13.74) by Thug Kitchen – I always try to put a cookbook on my birthday wishlist, and this year it’s “Thug Kitchen, Cook LIke you give a f*ck”. Yup. “Thug Kitchen started their wildly popular website to inspire people to eat some goddamn vegetables and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Beloved by Gwyneth Paltrow (‘This might be my favorite thing ever’) and with half a million Facebook fans and counting, Thug Kitchen wants to show everyone how to take charge of their plates and cook up some real f*cking food.” (read more)
15. I Feel Bad About My Neck ($12.34)) by Nora Ephron – “With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares with us her ups and downs in I Feel Bad About My Neck, a candid, hilarious look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests, and life itself.” (read more)
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