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What We Are Reading Right Now

Memoirs, Love Stories, and everything in-between, all written by kick-ass women.

Six weeks into sheltering in place and our once lengthy reading lists have begun to dwindle. If you're like us and have been consuming books at breakneck speed, we are here to help with a list of some of our favorite reads while social distancing. From inspiring true-stories of strong women to heart-warming fictional love stories, we've got a little something for whatever your reading taste may be. Oh and the best part? Each book is written by female authors!

 

book selections

 

1. Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

Journalist Lisa Taddeo spent eight years interviewing three 'ordinary,' American women about their relationships with love, heartbreak, and desire. The result is an intimate dive into their lives from first loves to the pains of current marriages. Relatable, raw, and moving; you will not be able to stop talking about this extraordinarily complex study of female desire.

2. Normal People by Sally Rooney

Irish author Sally Rooney's second novel tells the story of Connell and Marianne's fluctuating relationship. Starting with their first conversations and moving through years of friendship and love, Normal People is a stunning portrayal of class dynamics and young love. Not sold yet? Hulu just released its adaptation of the book on its streaming platform!

3. Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore

Kate More follows the lives of two women who worked at the Radium-Dial factories just after the first World War. The women were unaware of the toxic affects of radium, and as they began to mysteriously fall ill, a battle between female workers and major corporations began. It's a shocking true story about the strength and tenacity of the young women who ultimately aided in the establishment of the occupational disease labor law.

4. Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

If you are seeking a light, hilarious, and heart-warming read, look no further than Red, White, and Royal Blue. When the President of the United State's son and the Prince of Wales' tempestuous relationship evolves into a romantic one, their personal and public lives are upended. The characters are charming and endearing, providing a much-needed escape into their world.

5. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

As a botanist and member of the Citizen Potawami Nation, Robin combines both perspectives to write this beautiful collection of essays about our relationship with the ecological world. Brimming with gorgeously poetic prose, Braiding Sweetgrass will change the way you look at nature. 

6. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Lovers of Little Fires Everywhere must read Celeste Ng's debut novel, Everything I Never Told You. Set in 1970s Ohio, the Lees are a seemingly tight-knit family. However, when their middle-daughter Lydia is found dead, all of the family's secrets begin to unravel. A moving story of gender, race, grief, and family dynamics you are certain rapidly read.

7. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

This novel depicts life before and after a flu pandemic that caused civilization as we know it to abruptly end. 20 years after the pandemic, Kristen is part of a nomadic group of actors and musicians who are dedicated to keeping art alive. Lovers of the dystopian genre will be obsessed with this haunting read.

8. The Yellow House: A Memoir by Samantha Irby

Centered around a home in East New Orleans and the family that inhabits it, Broom paints a moving narrative of her family's lives and a greater picture of class, race, and inequality in America. This is an unforgettable story that will undoubtedly stick with you.

9. Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby

This is a hilarious collection of essays about Irby's adjustment to her new life in small-town America. Topics of the essays range from aging, marriage, health food obsession, and more. If you're looking for something easy, genuine, and laugh-out-loud funny, this is your next read.

10. In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

A love story about corporate lawyer Dannie who one night has a vision of her life 5-years in the future that is not what she expects. A heart-breaking story with unpredictable twists; this is a read-it-in-one-sitting kind of book!