Monday always seems to come around too quickly, doesn’t it? Thankfully, that means we are back, too, and we’re bringing with us three great books for you to read this week. If you’re unsure about what book to pick up next, hopefully, this list will help you choose!
This week, our Hot Pick is the novel on the tip of everybody’s tongue is We That Are Young by Preti Taneja. Our Coffee Shop Read is the amazing new anthology of poetry and short stories from some of the world’s favorite Instagram poets, [Dis]Connected. And our Dark Horse, one you may not have added to your reading list yet but definitely should, is I’ll Be There For You by Kelsey Miller.
Our Hot Pick
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Jivan Singh, the bastard scion of the Devraj family returns to his New Delhi childhood home at the age of twenty-three after fifteen years in the United States. His arrival coincides with the unexpected resignation of the founder and aging patriarch of the Company–its simple name belying its vast holdings across industry and entertainment, and the family’s national renown. On the same day, Sita, Devraj’s youngest daughter, disappears–refusing to marry the man her father wants for her. Now, Radha and Gargi, Sita’s older sisters, are given the Company–and a brutal struggle for power begins. Set against the backdrop of the anti-corruption protests that spread across India in 2011 and 2012, We That Are Young is brilliant in its fierce, incandescent storytelling and the energy of its prose. It tells a deeply insightful tale of India today, the pace of life in one of the world’s fastest growing economies, the clash of youth and age, and the ever-present specter of death. But more than that, it is a novel about the human heart–and its inevitable breaking point.
Preti Taneja’s novel delivers a riveting story set in a very relevant setting in recent history. Taneja’s power struggles and feuds develop into a plot that makes you love some characters and hate others, providing huge insight into the complexities of human nature. This novel will surely keep you hooked with its incredible story of a family and their inner struggles, feuds, and ultimately their peace.
Our Coffee Shop Read
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Humanity exists in a hyperconnected world, where our closest friends, loves, and enemies lie but a keyboard stroke away. Few know this better than the poets who have risen to the top of their trade by sharing their emotion, opinion, and art with millions of fans. Combining the poetic forces of some of today’s most popular confessional poets, this book presents poems and short stories about connection wrapped up in a most unique exercise in creative writing. Follow along as these poets connect with each other—offering their poetry to one of their fellow contributors, who tells a story based on the concept presented to them. With poetry, stories, and art, [Dis]Connected is a mixed media presentation of connection, isolation, love, and loneliness
Possibly one of the most unique releases this year, [Dis]Connected is a powerful collection of poetry and prose from of the worlds best beloved Instagram poets. The collaboration brings together eleven poets, Amanda Lovelace, Nikita Gill, Iain S. Thomas , Cyrus Parker, Sara Bond, Yena Sharma Purmasir, Trista Mateer, Canisia Lubrin, and R. H. Swaney. Each of whom contributed three poems, and was assigned three poems by the other contributors. Each contributor then wrote a short story based on one of the poems they were assigned. For more information, check out this article!
Our Dark Horse
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Today, Friends is remembered as an icon of ’90s comedy and the Must See TV years. But when the series debuted in 1994, no one anticipated the sensation it would become. From the first wave of Friendsmania to the backlash and renaissance that followed, the show maintained an uncanny connection to its audience, who saw it both as a reflection of their own lives and an aspirational escape from reality. In the years since, Friends has evolved from prime-time mega-hit to nostalgic novelty, and finally, to certified classic. Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe have entered the pantheon of great television characters, and yet their stories remain relevant still.
I’ll Be There for You is a deep dive into Friends history and lore, exploring all aspects of the show, from its unlikely origins to the societal conditions that amplified its success. Journalist and pop culture expert Kelsey Miller relives the show’s most powerful moments, sheds light on its sometimes dated and problematic elements, and examines the worldwide trends that Friends catalyzed, from contemporary coffee culture to the wildly popular ’90s haircut The Rachel. Taking readers behind the scenes, Miller traces the cast’s rise to fame and untangles the complex relationship between the actors and their characters. Weaving in revelatory interviews and personal stories, she investigates the role of celebrity media, world-changing events and the dawning of the digital age—all of which influenced both the series and its viewers.
I’ll Be There for You is the definitive retrospective of Friends, not only for fans of the series, but for anyone who’s ever wondered what it is about this show—and television comedy—that resonates so powerfully.
This book is a must for any fans of the mega-show Friends. Kelsey Miller takes us by the hand in order to fully explore all aspects of the huge hit of the 90s show. For any who have wondered about the lives of Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe both on and off screen, this book will be your complete guide!