Little Bee By Chris Cleave
Why? This book is spectacular - it will have you in tears one page, and laughing the next. This story follows two very different women whose lives collide in an unfortunate yet simultaneously lucky way. Prepare to smile, cry, and gain a new perspective on life.
Suggested by: Maya Ebrahimpour, Editorial Contributor
Where’d You Go By Bernadette By Maria Semple
Why? Hilarious beach read that cleverly skewers millennial parenting spats and addresses feelings of isolation with a sense of humor. The form is also very interesting: it’s told through a series of emails. The author is a super talented ventriloquist. She adopts so many funny voices to tell the story; each character is quirky and funny in their own way. You’ll finish this book in two days maximum.
Suggested by: Genevieve Finn, Editorial Contributor
Pachinko By Min Jin Lee
Why? Crossing multiple generations of a Korean family living in Japan before, during, and after WW2, Lee weaves an incredible story, hooking you until the very end. Her ability to switch between voices and delve into racial tensions between the Koreans and Japanese is eye-opening and will leave you wanting to know more about every character and their journey.
Suggested by: Ali Merkl, Editorial Contributor
Yes, Please By Amy Poehler
Why? I know, I know, I am so late to the game. But all I can say to Amy Poehler's autobiography that came out in 2014 is....YES, PLEASE. If you're at all interested in the entertainment industry or comedy (or are as in love with Seth Meyers as I am) this is the book for you. Poehler effortlessly weaves together her disparate memories of making a name for herself as a comedian – from living off of her tips as a waitress to having cathartic acid trips to forming the iconic improv group the Upright Citizens Brigade alongside Tina Fey, all while apparently becoming much better at sex. I've never read a memoir so candid and so funny and so feminist. In between every silly jokes lay serious lessons for how to not fall victim to the unfair barriers laid out before women. She refuses to do anything she doesn't want to do, refuses to apologize for spending time at work that others would say should be spent with her children, and refuses to ever become boring. I was left thinking the entire time how amazingly normal Poehler is while, at the same time, reeling over how extraordinary she is.
Suggested by: Anna Tingley, Founder and Editor-in-Chief
Let My People Go Surfing By Yvon Chouinard
Why? This book is written by the founder of Patagonia and follows the journey of the founding and growth of this sustainable company. This inspiring novel explains Patagonia’s model focused on environmental responsibility and how they make quality items that should last a lifetime to reduce waste. This book is for anyone— whether or not you’re a business lover— since it is told as a story from the founder’s perspective. As a budding entrepreneur, I found this book especially relevant and applicable to my life and future goals.
Suggested by: Lauren Cameron, Editorial Contributor
Under The Skin By Michel Faber
Why? Set in rural Scotland, the book follows an alien disguised in human form that lures male hitchhikers to their deaths. Serving as a poignant political and social commentary, the themes throughout can be seen in our own society. Raw and emotional, it offers a nostalgic perspective redefining what it means to be human.
Suggested by: Justin Capone, Contributor
Graceling By Kristin Cashore
Why? Cashore's book takes place in an alternate world where certain people are "graced" with gifts such as mind reading, singing, fighting, etc. These people have two different colored eyes, which allows others to know if someone is born "graced." Katsa, the protagonist, seems to be "graced" with killing. She happens to meet a strange someone who appears to be "graced" in fighting. The story unfolds into a nail-biting adventure where Katsa learns more about the mysteries of her world and of herself. Cashore's book is incredibly unique and impossible to put down. It is the first of an amazing trilogy. If you are looking for a fun read for the summer, I highly recommend this book.
Suggested by: Micaela Goldzweig, Editorial Contributor