I’ve spent much of my twenties trying to come to terms with my awkwardness, cringing months—years, even—after any given social misstep. Enter Issa Rae, the queen of graceless girls like me. Her web series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” and hilarious resulting memoir provide an uncannily accurate and helpful guide for navigating the world as an awkward black girl.
“Outlander’s” season two finale is just around the corner. Happily, the Starz hit has been renewed for seasons three and four but we all know what will follow after this weekend’s finale—major withdrawal for all things historical romance, fantasy, and court intrigue. To help with your symptoms, we’ve gathered together a list of books to make the long wait till season three all that more bearable.
For a majority of our lives, siblings are here to love us, annoy us, embarrass us, outshine us, and scold us. My older sister, suffice it to say, has done all this. But what happens when your sibling is suddenly, with little explanation, gone?
Author Rosamund Lupton grapples with this question in her achingly beautiful novel Sister.
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This year, the world’s been turned upside down by the hit musical “Hamilton.” Like many, we’ve fallen into what we’ve begun to affectionately call “a Hamil-hole”: blasting the soundtrack, searching for interviews, and sharing the #Ham4Ham videos. But when you’re going nonstop like this, what comes next? Reading, of course! Whether you’ve got tickets or not, here’s a list of required reading that will leave you—wait for it—satisfied.
Rachel Morse has brown skin and startling blue eyes. She has an African-American GI father named Roger who recites Shakespeare and charms women. She has a shy white Danish mother named Nella who was more than happy to be charmed. Thanks to her parents’ unlikely union in Germany, Rachel’s childhood is steeped in two rich cultures. While this should be a gift, it instead coalesces to inspire the dreaded “What are you?” question when she moves to America.
As a fourteen-year-old with plans of becoming a journalist or a publishing professional and a love for Anne Hathaway, it’s not surprising that I watched “The Devil Wears Prada” many, many times. Then, as is my habit, once I discovered it was based on a novel, I bought what is now an incredibly beat-up movie tie-in edition with Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep’s faces on the back cover.
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA by Lauren Weisberger is still the book I turn to when I need an amusing, lighthearted read with quirky, entertaining characters and a side of dish.
June is Pride Month and there are countless ways you can celebrate this year: marching in a pride parade; learning about the history of LGBTQIA+ civil rights (we recommend Lillian Faderman’s THE GAY REVOLUTION); supporting youth outreach centers; and reading great queer novels. Here are some of our favorites.
I picked up Evie Wyld’s All the Birds, Singing primarily because of its gorgeous and intriguing cover. It reminded me of the James Herriot stories my mom read with me when I was a kid. You know those books—the ones with the stunning watercolors of border collies herding fluffy white sheep across luscious green fields in England.
I LOVE books but with young children, work, a marriage, a house, most days are a juggling act with no downtime to sit and read for fun. I have worked in audiobook publishing for years and listened sporadically but never embraced the format completely until recently. Now I listen anytime, anywhere: on the train, the bus, getting groceries or coffee, cooking, cleaning, walking and even going to bed. Through audiobooks I regained my “me time” without taking away from other priorities.
June is Audiobook Month and to celebrate, here are some of the books I could not stop listening to. Also, many bestselling authors have participated in “A Good Audiobook Speaks Volumes” video series to celebrate their love of audiobooks. I’ve included some of them here—enjoy!
I love when a novel surprises me. Myla Goldberg’s Bee Season has a quiet cover, plain red with a white circle reminiscent of Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary. It starts quietly as well, with an eleven-year-old winning her class spelling bee.