January’s Women’s March on Washington inspired us to read more biographies and memoirs about women who have changed history and about influential women today who are building our future. From Madeleine Albright to Ronda Rousey, here are some of our favorite record setters, rule breakers, and “first-evers” from famous women in history.
As we envision the future of our country, we’re seeking out brilliant and diverse voices to help us understand the challenges that we face—to understand what problems need solving, and what we can do to help make peoples’ lives better. These 12 books show just a sliver of American experiences and history, but they are resources that we as citizens—and our newly elected leaders—can turn to. They help us to understand how we’ve gotten to where we are today and grasp the consequences of how decisions made today will shape our future.
It’s that lovely time of the year when we get to shower our loved ones with gifts that show our appreciation for them. The gift of a book is a very special type—it can show a deep understanding of another person’s interests and also give them a glimpse into who you are, how you think, and what’s important to you. Here’s our guide to 15 great books to give the readers in your life.
Some of the greatest American literature ever written tells the stories of families—whether they’re striving to provide a better life for their loved ones, to persevere in the face of adversity, or to face each day with optimism. While the American Dream means something different to every family, diversity, idealism, and hard work are consistently what make their stories so poignant and inspiring. Here are some of our favorite novels about families who are carving out a place for themselves in America.
Oprah Winfrey started her book club in 1996 and, for the last twenty years, millions of books have been sold and read because of her recommendations and her dedication to promoting brilliant writers. Here are just some of the bestselling, award-winning, and truly life-changing books that she has selected for her book club.
Every once in a while, I need a shake-up in my reading list—something that’s exciting and energizing, and simply unlike anything I’ve read before. That’s when I turn to storytellers who are challenging the way we all read. They’re tossing out the conventional rulebook and writing in a truly original, innovative, and artistic way. Here are some of my favorite unconventional storytellers.
Many will thumb their noses at straight-up self-help books—and yet, like me, they still need a lot of guidance on how to not be a total jerk in this world. For my dear, dear friends such as this, I’ve collected some of my favorite books that may advise in that arena.
For any person who appreciates looking at beautiful people reading smart books—this list is for you. @HotDudesReading is an Instagram sensation and they recently published HOT DUDES READING—a book full of their famous Instagrams of good-looking men reading. We’ve collected some of the best books the hot dudes are reading in their glamour shots here, and we are very pleased to find that they read really good books!
If online dating has taught me anything, it’s to grow a thicker skin, lower my expectations, and just get used to its superficial nature. After all, we’re allowing our romantic fates to be decided by one (likely Photoshopped) picture and the swipe of a finger. While I haven’t found true love there yet, I have happily found a few good books about love in the modern age. One of them is the unusual and sneakily funny novel THE UNFORTUNATE IMPORTANCE OF BEAUTY by Amanda Filipacchi.
As the saying goes, “Behind every man, there’s a great woman.” With this list, we’re paying homage to the stories of the wives of real-life famous men, wives of fictional men, and wives who are famous in their own right. These books tell the stories of women who are strong, resilient, and determined to carve out their own space in the world.