It’s official—we’re more than halfway through the year already! Anyone else panicking about how quickly time is flying by? But the year is not over yet—and there is still time to make your resolutions a reality. Oh yeah, remember those? Here is a quick refresher on our 2018 literary resolutions and some new suggestions to get you going again.
Sometimes life hits you when you least expect it. Literally. In INSTRUCTIONS FOR A HEATWAVE, Gretta Riordan's family life is turned upside down on a July morning in the middle of the famous British heatwave of 1976. Ride the waves of her emotions as she attempts to piece her life back together, without melting in the process. This page-turning family drama that will leave you reflecting on your own life.
THERE THERE is a powerful and timely ensemble novel of 12 unforgettable characters—all urban Native Americans living in Oakland, California—who converge and collide on one fateful day at the Big Oakland Powwow. It's a fierce, funny, suspenseful, and modern portrait of an America few of us have ever seen, and one of the most talked about books of the year.
Even if you're not much of a self-help reader, you'll love TREATING PEOPLE WELL. Written by two White House Social Secretaries, this book offers a fundamental message: everyone is important and everyone deserves to be treated well. Packed with intriguing behind-the-scenes White House anecdotes and sensible, easy-to-follow advice, this book could probably tick off some of your non-literary resolutions as well.
Getting lost in an epic fantasy novel can take you to another world. In CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE, Zélie is rebelling against a ruthless monarchy in her magical home of Orïsha. This novel was the talk of the town earlier this year, and made a second splash when Jimmy Fallon picked it for his summer book club. What a start for this young talent!
No one writes witty, endearing family stories like Anne Tyler, and BREATHING LESSONS is an absolute classic. Everyone can relate to the earnest efforts of the Morans as they go through life trying to support each other but utterly fail. Their story is both hilarious and captivating and you will be rooting for them on every page. Tyler will have you laughing, crying, and calling your mom by the end of this transformative read.
Daniel Smith's MONKEY MIND is the stunning articulation of what it is like to live with anxiety. As he travels through anxiety's demonic layers, Smith defangs the disorder with great humor and evocatively expresses its self-destructive absurdities and painful internal coherence.
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Daniel Smith’s MONKEY MIND is the stunning articulation of what it is like to live with anxiety. As he travels through anxiety’s demonic layers, Smith defangs the disorder with great humor and evocatively expresses its self-destructive absurdities and painful internal coherence.
Now this book may have won the Pulitzer Prize, but more importantly, it won the prize of a permanent spot on our bookshelf. LESS is the story of a 49-year-old failed novelist who ends up traveling around the world to literary events just to avoid his ex-boyfriend's wedding. Through all the mishaps, missteps, misunderstandings, and mistakes, Arthur Less will find his first love and his last.
DARING TO DRIVE is a poignant, intimate, and eye-opening memoir by a devout woman from a modest family in Saudi Arabia who became the unexpected leader of the courageous movement that won Saudi women the right to drive. This book is a remarkable celebration of resilience in the face of tyranny, the extraordinary power of education and female solidarity, and the difficulties, absurdities, and joys of making your voice heard.