AT HOME SERIES: BOOKS TO READ
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It’s important for all of us to stay home at a time like this but it can be difficult to fill the long hours. For those of you who are going a little stir-crazy, we’re starting a new “At-Home Series”, where we explore all the things that you can do while the world is collectively in quarantine. Check out our at-home workouts and what TV shows to binge. Next up is our round-up of books to read.
For a lot of us, self-quarantine has led to some extra free time on our hands. During this time, cozying you with a good book can provide a welcome respite and escape much needed. Now, of course, the question becomes what to read?
Whether you’re looking to lose yourself in a thriller, drama, collection of stories, or memoir, we’ve rounded up a list of 15 books to fit every mood. So grab a cuppa, settle in, and get ready to be transported to another world for a little while.
The Book of V by Anna Solomon
The Book of V looks at the intertwining lives of a mother in 2016, a senator’s wife in the 1970s, and the Bible’s Queen Esther. The novel depicts common themes of sex, power, and desire, illustrating the various ways women’s roles have (and have not) changed over generations.
The Glass Hotel By Emily St. John Mandel
The collapse of a Ponzi scheme and a woman disappearing at sea - The Glass Hotel explores and ultimately weaves together disparate characters and storylines as the novel unravels.
Weather by Jenny Offill
Weather follows Lizzie, who has dropped out of grad school to care for her brother and took a side gig moonlighting as a fake psychiatrist, answering fan mail for her former mentor’s podcast. The novel follows her journey as she ends up discovering that maybe she can’t do everything for everyone.
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone follows a therapist who finally seeks therapy herself. The novel offers an almost hedonistic voyeurism that allows us to be flies on the walls during sessions with the patients she sees throughout the book, including a narcissistic TV writer, a terminally ill cancer patient, and many more.
This Will Only Hurt A Little by Busy Philipps
Busy Philipps’ memoir is brutally honest and wildly funny. Plus, you’ll get juicy tidbits about your favorite 90’ TV shows like Dawson’s Creek and Freaks & Geeks.
Topics of Conversation by Miranda Popkey
Topics of Conversation is Miranda Popkey’s debut novel and explores the fact that we spend most of our lives in conversation. The format of the novel takes place almost all in conversations between the narrator and various women over two decades.
Recollections of My Non-Existence by Rebecca Solnit
Recollections of My Non-Existence is Solnit’s memoir of her time as a journalist and a woman in San Francisco during the ‘80s. The memoir looks at how those experiences shaped her as a writer and a feminist while exploring themes of trauma, sexual harassment, and the exclusion of women in the cultural zeitgeist.
Writers & Lovers by Lily King
Writers & Lovers follows Casey, who is dealing with her mother’s sudden death and her mountains of debt when she falls in love with two men who can offer her very different lives. Her decision is dependent on more than just romance, and it’s a nail-biter as she grapples with what to do.
Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener
Anna Wiener left her book publishing job in New York and moved to San Francisco right in the middle of the startup boom. This memoir details what it was like navigating the technology industry at that turning point in history, offering up some juicy tidbits along the way.
The Herd by Andrea Bartz
The Herd is an edge-of-your-seat thriller. On the eve of an announcement that would change the fate of the company, the founder of a women-only coworking space disappears. The story unfolds as her friends race to find her, uncovering secrets about her, each other, and themselves.
My Dark Vanessa by Katie Elizabeth Russell
At 15, Vanessa had a relationship with her English professor. When he’s accused of sexual misconduct 17 years later, Vanessa is forced to face what really happened to her back then. The novel shines a light on the manipulative nature of their relationship but also that life is rarely so black and white as it doesn’t shy away from unpacking that Vanessa believed she loved this man and how he shaped her as a person.
Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong
Minor Feelings explores the Asian American consciousness and psyche in Hong’s book of seven autobiographical essays. It deals with the powerful and painful cognitive incongruity felt when the societal and cultural messaging directly contradicts the experiences of your identity.
Why We Can’t Sleep by Ada Calhoun
Ada Calhoun’s Why We Can’t Sleep is an interesting mix of memoir and research. The book was born when she sought to understand why this generation of women are perpetually exhausted, both mentally and physically in middle age, unpacking what is called a sleeplessness crisis.
Bow Down by Lindsay Goldwert
Never thought contract negotiations had anything to do with bondage? Think again. Lindsay Goldwert’s Bow Down is a look at power dynamics and how to communicate and navigate the interactions in life with the principles of BDSM.
Anna K by Jenny Lee
A reimagining of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina for young adults, Anna K is about a Korean American teenager going through first love and of course, first heartbreak. Get on this book ASAP because it’s already been optioned by HBO Max for a pilot.
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