If you are looking for a book to change your life, this is it! In this book, Gabor Mate weaves together scientific explanations and real-world stories with ease, coming to the conclusion that environmental factors can physically alter our health. Although a lot of it has to do with your family and upbringing, Mate inspires the reader to change the factors within our control- our job, who we surround ourselves with, our hobbies, etc.- to drastically improve our life and lifespan. This book is both an approachable guide to understanding chronic illness and mental health issues, as well as an inspiring testament to the power of eliminating stress from your life.
Happy Place is a delightful, heart-wrenching novel about second-chance romance, friendship, and personal growth. In this book, Harriet and Wyn, in an effort not to upset their friends during their LAST annual vacation, pretend to still be dating and- not surprisingly- find they still have feelings for each other. So much more than a romance, this novel is an important reminder of the power of vulnerability and friendship.
Station Eleven follows different characters before and after civilization's collapse- focusing on Shakespearean actors who travel to share art with those remaining. Things change when this group of actors come across a prophet and his followers. It is a novel about the importance of art and human connections.
My absolute favorite book I have ever read. I love memoirs, horror movies, and LGBTQ+ representation- and this book has it all. In this memoir, Carmen Maria Machado describes surviving a same-sex abusive relationship, drawing on horror motifs and lyrical prose to tell her story. Brutal, honest, and devastating, Machado shares her story and touches on the greater issue of LGBTQ+ abuse representation.
In this dystopian satire, Candace Chen is so caught up in her work she hardly notices when the "fever" spreads. Candace ends up joining a group of survivors traveling to a place called the Facility promising safety and shelter. As she travels closer and closer, Chen starts to feel uneasy about her place in the group. Using flashbacks and flash-forwards expertly, you will begin to understand what has led Candace to isolate herself. Themes include coming of age, immigration, capitalism, and the banality of corporate life.
This book will get you out of a reading slump! One of the funniest books I have ever read, Anxious People follows a unique cast of characters at an open house during the aftermath of a (would-be) robbery. This book keeps you guessing, laughing, and LOVING the characters. It is a quick, fun, and emotional read.
I love horror manga- especially anything by Junji Ito- and this is my absolute favorite. This is a story all about spirals. If you didn't know spirals could be terrifying, I didn't either until I read this. Now, I am TERRIFIED. It is eerie, gorey, and grotesque, following a Japanese town haunted by the shape. Junji Ito is a master at horror and an extremely talented artist. If you are new to horror manga, this is a great place to start.
In this gorgeous, bittersweet WLW romance story, Nina LaCour follows two women through a decade as they grow up and fall in love. As each woman comes to terms with trauma, misconception, and family issues in their own lives, they learn more about themselves and each other. I loved the sensory details of the book- like a delicious, perfectly cooked meal or a fresh, homemade flower arrangement. It is a book you will want to take your time with, savoring each moment.
Did you know that a book about linguistics could be fun? From dangerous cults like Heaven's Gate to health groups such as Peloton, Amanda Montell describes the way cults use language as power and make people feel seen. This informational and engaging book will get you hooked and reflect on the way influential language already has a hold on you. If you like this book, be on the lookout for Amanda Montell's new release The Age of Magical Overthinking to be released in April.
If you are new to the science fiction genre, this is the perfect place to start. This is a fast-paced, mind-bending thriller that feels like a movie. The plot revolves around a man who is abducted and wakes up in a world different from his own. In many ways, he is able to live the life he always wanted. But, he begins to wonder- which life is real and which is the life he wants to live? You will not want to put this book down!