5 Books You Should Definitely Cozy Up With This Month
Make yourself a cup of chai, bust out those woolen knee-highs, and get ready to cozy up with these five stunners, now that it's officially peak stay-inside-and-read season.
Never mind that it was 106 degrees about a week and half ago in LA. Never mind that the busy pre-holiday season is the time of year you're probably least likely to have spare time to read. Make room for a couple of these on your nightstand anyway, because reading for pleasure is an essential to sparking creativity and being a happier overall human.
Below, some Girlboss staff break down what's making them tick this time of year, and it's an excellent mix of cultural analysis, playful-yet-disturbing fiction, buzzy poetry, and experimental historical fiction about a legendary badass.
Witt dives head first into sex sub-cultures—an orgasmic mediation commune, the porn industry in the Bay Area, Burning Man, etc. It's a voyeuristic look that Witt fully commits to, saying "yes" to it all, and reporting back with the objectivity of a news reporter.
It speaks to how it feels to be a single woman in your 30s, and explores how the options for expressing love and sex are not limited to monogamy.
Chloe Parks, art director
I am admittedly a Jonathan Lethem head. He writes speculative fiction, which is sort of a blend of regular ol’ fiction and science fiction, meaning his books often take place in a world that’s only slightly different from our own. I picked up As She Climbed Across the Table after reading another of his, Girl In Landscape, cover to cover on a plane ride.
The book centers around a post-grad couple whose relationship is fractured by an object, or lack thereof. The aforementioned object is “an emptiness created in a particle collider” named literally Lack (get it? Because it’s a sort of absence of something.) It’s all quantum physics fun and games until Lack begins to exhibit an intelligence of its own. And so enters the relationship troubles. Great read for anyone who’s ever pondered whether they are, in fact, in love with their iPad or other such devices.
Chelsea Jones, social media strategist
I'm really loving this collection. I went to her reading (though it was really more of a spoken word performance) a couple weeks ago in Little Tokyo, and was deeply moved by the new themes, her response to fame, and the current political climate.
Now I'm reading the poems slowly and in order, and I'm loving every minute of it. And being a Rupi Kaur follower is also my fight against the term "basic." Stop policing people's joys; there's a reason we all love her.
Eva Grant, editorial intern
“Infidelity has a tenacity that marriage can only envy,” says leading psychotherapist and author Esther Perel. "So much so that it is the only sin that gets two commandments in the Bible, one for doing it and one just for thinking about it.”
It's this cultural obsession with the taboo of cheating that makes The State of Affairs so juicy and interesting. It's not a self-help book by any means—more an accessible-yet-philosophical look at why we cheat and what it means when we do. Good news: Perel's going to be speaking at the Girlboss Rally in NYC come November 11, so catch her brilliance IRL there. And a little birdie told me this might be the next #girlbossbookclub pick, too.
Jerico Mandybur, editorial director
The brilliant mother of modern dance gets her story told in an incredible, shape-shifting, evocative fashion in the deft hands of Gray. Duncan—famous for her DGAF dance moves and for the tragic accident in which her two beloved children drowned—comes to life in an unprecedented way as the narrative weaves between the chaotic, mournful, ambitious inner workings of Duncan's mind and those of her lover, sister, and other individuals closest to her.
Set around events that took place in 1913, it's historical fiction, though not exactly the buttoned-up version we tend to associate with the genre; Gray's writing is astonishingly vivid, placing you deep within a moment, only to jar you out of it the next with an unexpected twist.
Deena Drewis, editor