Happy Winter Solstice! I’m one of those weirdos who actually likes winter. In fact, it’s my favorite season. I know, it’s strange. Or maybe YOU are all the weirdos for enjoying sweating in humidity. To each his own.
Either way, today marks the longest night of the year which makes for plenty of reading time! Here’s my winter reading list. What’s on yours?
After The Eclipse by Sarah Perry
This book was one of those books I had a hard time putting down (sidenote: love when that happens). After The Eclipse is about a mother’s murder and a daughter’s search. When Sarah Perry was 12 years old she witnessed a partial eclipse of the sun, an event she took as a sign of good fortune. But two days later her mother Crystal was murdered in their home just feet away from the bedroom where Sarah was sleeping. The killer escaped unseen and it would take the police 12 years to find him. This is Sarah’s account of rebuilding her life, the eventual trial and conviction, and the questions left unanswered. Completely riveting and horrifying at the same time. I highly recommend this book.
Are You Sleeping: A Novel by Kathleen Barber
Josie Buhrman thought those days were behind her. The day her father was murdered, her mother ran off to join a cult and her twin sister betrayed her in a way she never anticipated. But when investigative journalist Poppy Parnell takes a second look at the case, things aren’t lining up and she decides to launch a true crime podcast to figure out if they really put the right guy behind bars.
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Wife and husband divorce, man acquires a new pretty young fiancé. We’re familiar with how this sorry ends, right? But not every story is the same. This twisted triangle leaves you guessing until the end and reminds you that some marriages aren’t what they seem.
Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology by Ellen Ullman
“The last twenty years have brought us the rise of the internet, the development of artificial intelligence, the ubiquity of once unimaginably powerful computers, and the thorough transformation of our economy and society. Through it all, Ellen Ullman lived and worked inside that rising culture of technology, and in Life in Code she tells the continuing story of the changes it wrought with a unique, expert perspective.”
Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Peterson
“You know the type: the woman who won’t shut up, who’s too brazen, too opinionated—too much. She’s the unruly woman, and she embodies one of the most provocative and powerful forms of womanhood today. In Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, Anne Helen Petersen uses the lens of “unruliness” to explore the ascension of pop culture powerhouses like Lena Dunham, Nicki Minaj, and Kim Kardashian, exploring why the public loves to love (and hate) these controversial figures.”
The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
“Growing up in one of the poorest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, Tiffany learned to survive by making people laugh. If she could do that, then her classmates would let her copy their homework, the other foster kids she lived with wouldn’t beat her up, and she might even get a boyfriend. Or at least she could make enough money—as the paid school mascot and in-demand Bar Mitzvah hype woman—to get her hair and nails done, so then she might get a boyfriend. None of that worked (and she’s still single), but it allowed Tiffany to imagine a place for herself where she could do something she loved for a living: comedy.”
We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union
“In the spirit of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl, and Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, a powerful collection of essays about gender, sexuality, race, beauty, Hollywood, and what it means to be a modern woman.”
When They Call You A Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
“The emotional and powerful story of one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter and how the movement was born.”
What We Loose by Zinzi Clemmons
“Raised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother’s childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever-present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor—someone, or something, to love.”
This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins
“Morgan Jerkins is only in her twenties, but she has already established herself as an insightful, brutally honest writer who isn’t afraid of tackling tough, controversial subjects. In This Will Be My Undoing, she takes on perhaps one of the most provocative contemporary topics: What does it mean to “be”—to live as, to exist as—a black woman today? This is a book about black women, but it’s necessary reading for all Americans.”
Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
“In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom.”