5 Books To Add To Your Reading Pile This Month
This month, we're reading a mix of books that are classics, new releases, and women paying homage to other women.
It's September, which means we've got a serious case of that summer's-almost-over sadness. The good news? Prime snuggling-up-with-a-book season, a.k.a. fall, is nearly upon us. Check out the mix of classics and new releases that have making the rounds in the office this month and start stock piling for the cooler weather ahead.
After Kathy Acker by Chris Kraus
Queer punk writer Kathy Acker was a literary rebel and a self-made myth. She toyed with labels and conventions and was basically a walking contradiction, or as the blurb puts it: "Rich girl, street punk, lost girl and icon… scholar, stripper, victim, and media-whore." This book is one writer's attempt to put the pieces of Acker together and find the method in her madness.
Jerico Mandybur, editorial director
Sex and Rage by Eve Babitz
There is no one I'd rather meet (be?) than Eve Babitz, and the reissue of her novel, Sex and Rage, has cemented this fact. The inimitable LA-woman writes wryly about overindulgence and the creative process (our protagonist Jacaranda is a charming, but often drunk, writer), and how fabulousness can easily give way to cruelty. There are raucous parties, rotating romances with beautiful surfers, and LA-specific inside jokes, which seem just as timely now as they were in the ’60s. But what I love most about her writing is that her female protagonists wear their eccentricities plainly—they are rebellious and fabulous and smart and all the things I hope to be.
Chloe Parks, art director
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Per my ongoing obsession with complex relationships between women, be they friends, sisters, or mothers and daughters, the newest novel from the author of the bestselling Everything I Never Told You delivers all the poignant, heart wrenching drama you could ask for. Set in a small, progressive suburb of Cleveland, the story follows put-together Elena and the way her world is upended when a mysterious woman named Mia and her daughter roll into town and end up renting a home from Elena.
Deena Drewis, editor
What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman
I stumbled upon this book while I was traveling in Southeast Asia by myself and it could not have been a more perfect companion. Newman perfectly personifies both the palpable fear and beautiful thrill of independence, while poignantly capturing the joy of travel throughout this candid and laugh-out-loud memoir. For the (somewhat comfortably) single, antsy, ambitious, wanderlustful 30-something that I am, Newman's celebration of self provided a sense of approachable permission I didn't know I was looking for. I would dust off my passport and book another solo trip for no other reason than to re-read this book in a foreign country.
Athena Chen, vice president of brand strategy and partnerships
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
I could not put this baby down; I don’t think I’ve ever read a book so quickly. It is chock-full of action, puzzles, plot twists, romance, and heaps of ‘80s nostalgia—you can tell that there was so much love and research put into it. It’s set in a not-so-distant dystopian future, where everyone plugs into a virtual world, The Oasis. Sci-fi isn’t usually my genre of choice, but Cline writes in such a way that you somehow become immersed in The Oasis along with the characters. It also explores what our world might look like in virtual reality, which doesn’t seem that pretty. Plus, there’s a movie version coming out in March 2018 directed by Steven Spielberg, so even more reason to read it now!
Lindsey O’Hara, account manager