Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Books to Devour

I can't stop staring at the cover of this week's T Magazine Design & Living issue. It makes me think about beautiful books and the beautiful words inside of them. Sometimes I get so caught up my New York Times and New Yorkers (not to mention episodes of Breaking Bad and Modern Family) that I forget to pick up an actual book and read it.

Lately, I've been craving something like Tina Fey's Bossy Pants. I also know there are a lot of new books out by or about women who've been in the spotlight. We know them from film, television, journalism and other venues, but with these books they're opening up a new chapter to tell. The holidays are coming up which means time for gifts and time for reading. Here are a few books I would love to give, receive and, most importantly, READ.

I've been waiting for her story! She's one of my favorite actresses of all time and I can't wait to hear what she has to say about style, the Seventies and, of course, Woody.

Everything she says on The Office makes me laugh. I hear this one's like Bossy Pants. Need it, asap.

One of the most well-respected film critics of our time, I read Paulene Kael's New Yorker reviews when studying film in college. She seems like an interesting person to know more about.

Finally, I cry just seeing this one in bookstores. Joan Didion's writing and observations on the beauty and pain of life just take my breath away. I know this book will be hard to read, but it puts things into perspective. I can also imagine, as I experienced while reading The Year of Magical Thinking, that learning about Didion's experience with loss and grief is destined to make any reader stronger.

I know there will be lots of tears and laughter that will come from reading these books, and I look forward to devouring them all.

Are there any books that you can't wait to read???

***Just read Blue Nights cover to cover and it was beautiful in every way. I highly recommend it (and, also, to keep the kleenex close).


  1. I've been really wanting to make a winter reading list with the cooler months ahead and now I have several book recs! I think I need to pick up a copy of Then Again and Blue Nights :) I'm also dying to read Murakami's latest 1Q84!

  2. Ohhh I am excited to see Annie Hall at the Castro tonight! :)

  3. Yes! I need a good book list.

  4. Also looking forward to reading Murakami's latest.

    If you haven't read it yet, Cutting For Stone, by the way, was one of the best books I've read in the last five years, no joke. It blew my mind every which way.

  5. That T Mag was SUCH a great issue!!! Loved all of it.
    Reading list:

    Blue Nights, Didion
    The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides
    The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver (not new but been sitting in my pile!)


  6. I'm currently reading The Marriage Plot and American Heiress. Both good so far. Highly recommend The Rule of Civility (if you haven't read it.)
    Another book I loved was This Burns My Heart - a debut novel by a Korean man whose name is escaping me at the moment - really great, well written, very romantic, etc.

  7. Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, by Robert Massie. I love narrative biographies, especially about the Russian court.

  8. Can't wait to read all of these! Currently loving The Marriage Plot and dying to sink my teeth into the Steve Jobs biography. xo

  9. I totally agree. I get a bit obsessive (= guilty) when my New Yorkers pile up and so often half-heartedly start a book. Been really wanting to read Mindy Kaling's book and Blue Nights. What's stopping me?! I'm going to do it!

  10. What a great selection of books to read! Oh to have more time for reading!

  11. Great suggestions! Many of those on our my reading list as well. I didn't realize how talented Mindy Kaling was until I read the review of her book in this month's Vanity Fair.

  12. The Art of Fielding seems like a nice Nov-Dec read. However, I'm looking for that Just Kids warmth for the wintry San Francisco rain. I guess I'll keep looking.