Here are five books I set aside because I want to discuss them with you. All are non-fiction. And they cover a wide range of topics. I want to hear what’s on your coffee table or nightstand these days. Come discuss with me!
Buy The Change You Want To See by Jane Mosbacher Morris. I’m so excited about this one! It comes out next week and it was written by my friend Jane, who I have enormous respect for. She’s the founder of To The Market, and she’s dedicated her career to helping all of us become responsible consumers. If you’ve ever felt guilt about your purchases because you’re not confident slave-labor wasn’t involved in their production, this is a must read.
(Related side note: Are you watching The Good Place? In Season 3 they’ve reached a point where they’re discussing how complicated it is to make decisions in today’s world, because even something simple like buying a tomato, can have adverse consequences that we’re not aware of.)
The Martha Manual: How To Do (Almost) Everything by Martha Stewart. I’m a true Martha Stewart fan girl and would welcome a dozen volumes like this, compiling the mountains of knowledge she’s collected over the years. This is a textbook-thick volume, as beautifully organized as you’d expect. Full of gorgeous photos and a wide range of topics. We’re talking everything you need to know across twelve categories, including organization, laundry, crafting, hosting, and caring for pets. I love it so much. Photo after photo of uncluttered, put-together closets and shelves. Yum, yum, delicious.
The Opposite Is Also True by Cleo Papanikolas. What are your thoughts on guided creative journals? I’ve had a bunch of them recommended to me over the last year, but I’ve never actually gone through one and actually done the exercises. I like the look of this one, and I also think the premise is appealing. The author proposes contradictory bits of advice and helps you explore both — dedicate a workspace or work anywhere; learn from a mentor or teach yourself; make something every day or take a break.
Feck Perfuction by James Victoire. If you’re an artist or designer and need a kick in the pants to get going on a new project, or need inspiration to change directions, this book will do the trick. It will make you feel bold. It will make you want to take risks. This one doesn’t come out for a month, but you can pre-order it now.
The Eating Instinct by Virginia Sole-Smith. I’d recommend this book to anyone curious about food habits in America. The author tells her own food stories, and also goes into stories of women recovering from weight loss surgery, of people who eat only nine foods, of families with unlimited grocery budgets, and those on food stamps. The range of food issues and food struggles in America is wide and deep.
What are you reading this month? What titles have caught your eye? What books do you find yourself discussing with friends and siblings? I’d love to hear!