Friday Book Debrief Vol 22


Every week we’re sharing what our some of our writers are currently reading.

For all of our US readers, we now have our own Bookshop! You can find the full list of the below books here and with every purchase you will be helping local independent bookstores! If you do not live in the US please support your local independent stores, lots are now doing local deliveries and they need your help more then ever in these uncertain times. - ❤️




Future Tense Fiction: Stories of Tomorrow edited by Kristen Berg, Torie Bosch et al - Akilah


I'm savouring the last of this wonderful science fiction anthology from authors of disparate, multiple backgrounds and identities who shared with readers vignettes of life in the future. There is warmth, hope, and a sense of connection even in the saddest stories. Carmen Maria Machado, Nnedi Okorafor, Emily St. John Mandel, and Annalee Newitz are among the contributors. You've already bought it, haven't you? Well done.


If not, buy it here.



The New Me by Halle Butler - Alexandra


I picked this book because of its title since during these times we are all in a need of reinvention - well, maybe it's just me :P And I'm in a phase where I like to read books with characters with whom I can identify: female, in her thirties, who questions all life decisions she has made so far, and this is the case in The New Me. Still in the beginning, but can't wait to find out her self-knowledge process and what her changes are going to be, if any.


Buy it here.



This Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman - Melissa


It's still really hard for me to concentrate on reading like I had been doing pre-quarantine. I keep picking up a book and just not feeling a connection, but I'm hoping that much will change with This Beautiful Life.


Buy it here.



The Illness Lesson by Clare Beams - Marian


Late 19th century experimental women’s education centered on Transcendentalism at a rural farmhouse in Massachusetts is the setting for this book. There is hysteria raging amid the young women schooled in “unladylike” subjects like philosophy, history, and classical languages. I’m an American historian and am loving this one!

Buy it here.



Becoming by Michelle Obama - Maggie


Netflix just announced a special on Michelle Obama's Becoming tour so I figured it was the perfect time to finally pick up my copy of her memoir that my mom got me for Christmas when it first released. I am 60 pages in and her voice is so comforting and her analysis on race and socioeconomic status growing up in Chicago is wildly refreshing.


Buy it here.



Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl - Jessica Maria


I’ve never read an issue of Gourmet magazine, but I grew up in the ‘90s obsessed with magazine culture (more of the Spin, Jane, Sassy, Bust variety…). I’d heard good things about this memoir from the former Editor in Chief of Gourmet, but I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy her soothing voice over the audiobook details what it was like to feel out of her depth when handed over the management of a Conde Nast magazine. Loving it.


Buy it here.



SEE YOU NEXT FRIDAY FOR ANOTHER DEBRIEF!




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