Authors shared a lot of book recommendations with us in 2018—so add these to your reading list

Authors shared a lot of book recommendations with us in 2018—so add these to your reading list


Authors shared a lot of book recommendations with us in 2018—so add these to your reading list

As HelloGiggles’ Contributing Books Editor, one of the many joys of my job is interviewing authors. They’re incredibly giving of their time and always share sharp, thoughtful perspectives about how their stories fit into the bigger picture, whether it’s working in President Obama’s White House or navigating a post-#MeToo world.

Earlier this year, I asked authors to share the book that changed their life, and their responses were incredibly moving. Since then, when time permits, I began ending our chats with the same question: What’s your favorite book that you’ve read lately?

The key word in that question is “lately.” It’s extremely difficult for some people to choose one ultimate favorite book of all time, especially when they’re put on the spot. But everybody has a book (or two, or three) that they can’t get off their mind right now. And, just as I suspected, those are the books authors loved talking about. Most of them had a difficult time choosing just one, which I relate to on a spiritual level.

If you’re looking for a new read, pick up one of these author-approved books:

Jessica Knoll, author of The Favorite Sister

Recommendation: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

Picture of I'll Be Gone in the Dark Book
Harper
available at Amazon | $ 18.21

“Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. I just loved that. It was the first time in a while that I had read something about a horrific crime, but there was still so much compassion in how she wrote. I found that to be such a refreshing combination. It really made me think, as a writer, about the kind of writer that I want to be. I love books that simultaneously entertain me and inspire me to be better.”

Ellie Kemper, author of My Squirrel Days

Recommendations: You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories by Curtis Sittenfeld; Blue Nights by Joan Didion

Random House
available at Amazon | $ 15.35

“A collection of stories by Curtis Sittenfeld, You Think It, I’ll Say It. She’s crazy. The book is so good. I love everything by her. I went back and read Prep recently, and she’s an incredible writer. Her characters are so…I don’t know how to describe them other than alive. They’re just people I know, and I’m sure you know. That’s probably my favorite book that I’ve read lately.”

Knopf
available at Amazon | $ 10.20

“I’m also just going to throw out, a few weeks ago, it’s a very sad, tough read, but I reread Blue Nights by Joan Didion. That’s a hard one, right? That’s a hard one.”

Eva Chen, author of Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes

Recommendation: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Del Rey
available at Amazon | $ 18.78

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. It’s a re-telling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale, and it’s really good. Any time something’s a re-telling, I’m here for it. It’s really, really good, and it’s really well-written. She created nice complex characters. There’s a Hunger Games-esque quality to the writing. It feels austere, almost. It has that tone of writing that’s sparse and raw. Support women authors!”

Dessa, author of My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love

Recommendations: Gulp by Mary Roach; Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter; Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

W. W. Norton & Company
available at Amazon | $ 3.98

Gulp by Mary Roach.”

Graywolf Press
available at Amazon | $ 10.91

“I’m still sort of deciding what my final review of it is, but I really liked reading the short novel Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter, because it’s such a different way of using language than I know how to use language, and it made me want to figure out how to work in that lane a little bit.”

Ecco / Harper Perennial
available at Amazon | $ 10.39

“Oh, and one more: Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain. Aw, man.”

Erin Gibson, author of Feminasty: The Complicated Woman’s Guide to Surviving the Patriarchy Without Drinking Herself to Death

Recommendations: America’s Women by Gail Collins; everything by Roxane Gay; Eleanor Roosevelt: In Her Words edited by Nancy Woloch; Backlash by Susan Faludi; White Trash by Nancy Isenberg; Brazen by Pénélope Bagieu; Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro; The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood; everything by Samantha Irby; The Spy Who Loved by Clare Mulley

William Morrow Paperbacks
available at Amazon | $ 15.99

“I love Gail Collins. She’s a New York Times journalist. She wrote a book called America’s Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines. It’s the feminist history book you never had. It’s a book you cannot put down. It’s so jam packed with information, and you just can’t believe you don’t know this stuff. She has a whole thing about how pioneer women basically built San Francisco. Because when the gold rush happened, there was no one to cook for the men. So women would come out, set up shop, and make tons of money. They were business owners and had autonomy and control of their finances for the first time. Stuff like that. I mean, Bear Grylls would look like Tom Brokaw compared to these pioneer women. That’s not even a good analogy. But these women would like, crawl up mountains while giving birth. Their skirts would catch on fire all the time. The shit that they went through was insane. So you’re reading this, and [Collins is] just giving you all of it. It’s the most fascinating book I’ve ever read.”

Picture of Hunger Book
HarperCollins
available at Amazon | $ 12.73

“Of course, all of Roxane Gay’s books. She’s necessary reading.”

Black Dog & Leventhal
available at Amazon | $ 13.59

“I just read In Her Words, the Eleanor Roosevelt book. That was uplifting, and also so sad to see this woman with this knowledge and access to power whom, if she had been given the chance…god, the things she could have done.”

Broadway Books
available at Amazon | $ 13.68

“You should read Susan Faludi’s Backlash. That’s super necessary feminist reading.”

Viking
available at Amazon | $ 11.35

“I also like this book called White Trash. It’s about America’s history of poverty and how it explains a lot of what’s happening today. But because it’s written by a woman — it’s written by Nancy Isenberg — it has a feminist slant to it. It’s fantastic.”

First Second
available at Amazon | $ 12.23

“Oh, and Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu. It’s a graphic novel of incredible women. It’s gorgeous and informative and great. And it’s a great book for a teen, or an adult who likes graphic novels like me.”

Image Comics
available at Amazon | $ 9.99

“Also Bitch Planet. It’s a graphic novel that’s The Handmaid’s Tale of space. That’s great.”

Anchor
available at Amazon | $ 12.48

“And of course, The Handmaid’s Tale. Read Margaret Atwood. And not just The Handmaid’s Tale. She’s written tons of other books that are thematically similar and just as depressing.”

Vintage
available at Amazon | $ 10.84

“Also, Samantha Irby. Her books…I don’t know what to say about her books. I have a really loud laugh, and when something tickles me and gets me really hard, I laugh really loudly. And I do it like, every other page with her.”

St. Martin’s Press
available at Amazon | $ 17.24

“Can I tell you one more book? It’s called The Spy Who Loved: The Secrets and Lives of Christine Granville. She was Britain’s first special agent in World War II. And because they couldn’t acknowledge that she was a special agent, they couldn’t rescue her. The shit that you learn about female spies during World War II is insane. And that’s another thing. Women participated in war, and their stories are absolutely eradicated. There are very few books about how women participated in so many ways.”

Maggy van Eijk, author of How Not to Fall Apart: Lessons Learned on the Road from Self-Harm to Self-Care

Recommendation: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

Harper Perennial
available at Amazon | $ 15.29

“I did finally get around to reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and I’m so glad I did. It’s so beautiful and, whilst so far off from my own world, there were passages that made me gasp in terms of how real they felt to me—the feeling of dissociation, love, passion, and jealousy. Would 100% recommend.”

Tara Isabella Burton, author of Social Creature

Recommendations: My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh; The Group by Mary McCarthy; The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley

Penguin Press
available at Amazon | $ 17.68

“I just read My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh. I loved it so much.”

Mariner Books
available at Amazon | $ 14.48

“I also just read Mary McCarthy’s The Group, which I think is massively underrated.”

MCD
available at Amazon | $ 18.36

“And Maria Dahvana Headley’s The Mere Wife, which is a modern feminist retelling of Beowulf. It’s just so beautifully written.”

Keiko Agena, author of No Mistakes: A Perfect Workbook for Imperfect Artists

Recommendation: The Little Book of Life Hacks by Yumi Sakugawa

St. Martin’s Griffin
available at Amazon | $ 13.59

“Yumi Sakugawa came out with a book called The Little Book of Life Hacks, and it’s just so adorable. She’s such a gem. That kind of artwork and that kind of lightness and that kind of spiritually is helpful, especially during stressful times.”

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Year In Review: Our Top Wear-it-To-Work Recommendations in 2018

wear-it-to-work recommendations in 2018

Every weekday here at Corporette®, I offer one suggestion for an item that I would wear to work. Sometimes readers love the item, and wow do you guys hate it sometimes. Sometimes *I* love it, sometimes it was just the best I could find given the restraints (for those who haven’t noticed, Monday and Tuesday tend to be pricier items, Wednesday is in the $ 100-$ 150 price range, Thursday is in the $ 50-$ 100 price range, and Friday is in the “under $ 50” range.) Still, as the end of the year approaches I thought I’d look back over the past year and choose my personal favorites from the things I recommended… each picture is from one month, starting with January in the upper left-hand corner. Please note that anything marked with an asterisk is still available! (Oh: and please feel free to use this post as an open thread today!)

What were your favorite things you bought to wear to work in 2018, ladies? Did we include your favorites from our recommendations for what to wear to work in today’s roundup?what to wear to work in 2017 - favorite work outfit recommendations

wear-it-to-work recommendations in 2018 work outfits

Above: January / February / March

wear-it-to-work recommendations 2018 business casual

Above:  April*  / May* / June* (the orangeish dress is on major sale, the red top has a TON of colors down to $ 22, and the sweater jacket has colors on sale as well!)

wear-it-to-work recommendations 2018 conservative office

Above: July / August* /  September* (the gray dress is on major sale, and the pink blazer has other colors down to $ 55)

wear-it-to-work recommendations 2018 lawyer fashion

Above: October* / November* / December* (all still available and lots of sizes left!)

 

If you’re curious, here are links to the similar roundups from 201720162015201420132012, and 2010.

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Trump vs Obama: Presidential Book Recommendations Compared

One is a famous bookworm; the other a much bigger fan of Fox News and late-night cable TV. Yet both President Trump and Barack Obama do have one thing in common when it comes to literature: their desire to recommend books to the general public.

Throughout 2018, Trump has mentioned numerous books on his Twitter account (a handy Top 10 has been compiled by The Guardian), whereas Obama frequently detailed his favored reads on talk shows and news interviews both before and during his time in The White House.

Question is: just how much do Trump and Obama’s suggestions differ? Read on to find out…

Biographies

Obama’s pick: “Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer” by Fred Kaplan
Obama has said he frequently rereads Lincoln for inspiration.

Trump’s pick: “The Faith of Donald J Trump: A Spiritual Biography” by David Brody and Scott Lamb
Trump says: “A very interesting read. Enjoy!”

Economics

Obama’s pick: “Wealth of Nations” by Adam Smith
Obama has said great and growing economic inequality is “the defining challenge of our time.”

Trump’s pick: “Trumponomics: Inside the America First Plan to Revive Our Economy” by Stephen Moore and Arthur B. Laffer
Trump says: “Two very talented men have just completed an incredible book on my Economic Policies.”

History

Obama’s pick: “Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001” by Steve Coll
Obama read this book in preparation for assuming office in 2008.

Trump’s pick: “The Russia Hoax: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump” by Gregg Jarrett
Trump says: “It is indeed a HOAX and WITCH HUNT, illegally started by people who have already been disgraced. Great book!”

Politics

Obama’s pick: “The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope” by Jonathan Alter
Obama mentioned reading the book on “60 Minutes” in 2009, setting off an Oprah-level book frenzy.

Trump’s pick: “Liars, Leakers and Liberals” by Judge Jeanine Pirro
Trump says: “Our great Judge Jeanine Pirro is out with a new book … which is fantastic. Go get it!”

Psychology

Obama’s pick: “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman
Obama awarded this psychologist who also won the Nobel Prize for economics with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.

Trump’s pick: “Mad Politics: Keeping Your Sanity in a World Gone Crazy” by Gina Loudon
Trump says: “Go out and get your copy today – a great read!”

Drama

Obama’s pick: “Seveneves” by Neal Stephenson
Obama selected this 880-page speculative novel in which the human race fights for survival for his 2016 summer reading list.

Trump’s pick: “The Briefing: Politics, the Press and the President” by Sean Spicer
Trump says: “A story told with both heart and knowledge. Really good, go get it!”

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