Anna Wiener is sharp, inquisitive, and precise in her account of moving to San Francisco in 2013 to join a tech startup. This book is deeply personal while also asking universal questions -- how long can the tech industry go unchecked? Why do we so badly want to be part of a culture we abhor? She never names names, but her stories are revealing. Read this with Jenny Odell's How to Do Nothing for an existential crisis.
I love this anthology. Food as the foundation for the way we experience the world, with the intersection of food and labor, patriarchy, and racism. I love the interview / vignette style, because it is perfect if you have less time or bandwidth.
Biology meets poetry! This is a book you will underline copiously and come back to again and again. I frequently refer back ot passages that remind me of th awe and intelligence of the natural the natural world, but also to remember that colonialism and western culture have never had the Earth's best interest in mind. So much environmentalist literature is white and we need to center indigenous perspective.
A mysterious and kooky billionare dies and leaves a scavengar hunt behind. Tuesday Mooney -- brilliant, quiet, but a little stuck -- is joined by an eclectic and loving team to solve the puzzle. Perfect for a thrilling and spooky moody. I was engrossed by every word! An ensemble cast with so much heart.
Clothing isn't frivulous!! It is deeply personal, conveys more about us than we might expect, and intellectual. Do you love Man Repeller, think deeply about personal style, and love learning other people's histories? This is for you!
Beatriz Williams novels are one of my most comforting forms of literary escapism! Sex positive, intelligent, tough women set amongst various historical settings. While Williams characters come across as pure glamour on the surface, she weaves in threads of great depth -- post-partum depression, imperalism, and revolution. Definitely a recommendation if you want to be swept away.
A classic! Dillard's 1975 rumination on beauty, God, nature, and violence forced my brain to think differently. My only caveat on this is to read it when you have access to nature, because it'll have you itching to go outside and get on the ground yourself.
Solmaz Sharif uses the U.S. Department of Defense's Dictionary of Military Terms in this investigation and excavation of the US invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, family history and generational trauma. Skillfull, aching, and important.
Ross Gay knows joy and sorrow, soil and sky. These poems go from loss to growth expertly, from mourning to hope. If I only had one book with me to keep me company, I would want it to be this one.
Incredible anthology of women at the forefront of the climate crisis. This includes poetry, personal essay, and more scientific studies!
I love the Charlotte Holmes series by Brittany Cavallaro! Modern day descendants of Holmes and Watson, the weight of their family legacies on their shoulders, James Watson and Charlotte Holmes finally cross paths at an east coast boarding school and the webs start tangling from there. I devoured this series in a week and loved watching Jamie and Charlotte figure out each other and the world around them. They are considered young adult, but they have pretty mature themes and deal with heavy topics. Also a slow burn romance. TW: sexual assault, drug use, violence.
This is my favorite Bridgerton novel! Following Penelope and Colin as they enter their late twenties, it is full of fun romance, class struggle, and the mysterious Lady Whistledown. The books have a different humor and feel than the Netflix series, but still a strong recommendation for a fun and absorbing read!
Two public radio colleagues end of co-hosting a radio show dissecting their relationship and subsequent break up -- except they never actually dated, and now that they're forced to spend so much time together, maybe they want to try. The banter! The wit! Three and a half peppers on the spicy scale.