We’re into November now, and we’re ready for some wonderful wintery reads! This week we’ve got some amazing picks for you to read, from an amazing self love ‘goddess guide’, to prose and photography book assembled in part by the drummer of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, to a posthumously published collection of short stories by a writer compared to Munro and Chekov. It’s safe to say that this week, you are in for a treat.
Our Hot Pick
Goddess on the Go by Leora Edut
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Leora walks you through her life’s journey-to-date, from gangster to goddess! She’s come full circle after almost going to prison — twice — and chasing “the good life,” rubbing elbows with the rich and famous, only to find that the pure gold was inside, all along. We’re at a time when women are rejecting the patriarchy and rediscovering that the DNA of sisterhood is in all of us. We are reclaiming our bodies, our voices, and realizing that, together, we are a force! It’s okay for us to be mysterious, sexy, and powerful. Every layer of you is gorgeous!
Ritual is a way to witness another goddess in her emotional glory and allow her to feel safe and seen.The tools shared in this book by experts such as the AstroTwins and Bernadette Pleasant support you in:
– embracing all your feelings from anger to sensuality
– allowing your body to become the compass that leads you
– bringing the Divine Feminine to all areas of your life, from the board meeting to the bedroom
– finding freedom to dance with your sensuality
– falling so deeply in love with yourself that you know you are the entree and your partner is the dessert (there just to enhance all that you already are!)
It is Leora’s belief that, if women came out of isolation and immersed themselves in a community where they felt safe and “held” in, the #MeToos, systematic racism, sex trafficking, child brideship, and the places where women often find themselves not having a voice would transform at a rapid rate! “We wouldtruly have each other’s back. Trauma wouldn’t be shamed or judged.” Leora’s vision is that women will read this book together in book clubs, support each other’s desires and dreams…and create globalsisterhood.
As it says on the Goddess on the Go website, “too often, we women are busy running from place to place, forgetting to take care of ourselves first (if at all). We get disconnected from our bodies, our needs, and our intuition, forgetting what makes us happy—or that we even deserve to feel happiness at all. At Goddess On The Go, women connect, move their bodies, and uncover their bombshell beauty in a fun space designed to heal and create lasting fulfillment. It’s a serene celebration of life, goddess style!” Together with the Astrotwins, Edut has put together an amazing books to help you love life and yourself!
Catch Leora Edut appearing on the first ever episode of Bookstr Wellness, this Wednesday at 3PM on live on Bookstr’s Facebook page!
Our Coffee Shop Read
Evenings in Paradise by Lucia Berlin
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A collection of previously uncompiled stories from the short-story master and literary sensation Lucia Berlin.
In 2015, Farrar, Straus and Giroux published A Manual for Cleaning Women, a posthumous story collection by a relatively unknown writer, to wild, widespread acclaim. It was a New York Times bestseller; the paper’s Book Review named it one of the Ten Best Books of 2015; and NPR, Time,Entertainment Weekly, The Guardian, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and other outlets gave the book rave reviews.
The book’s author, Lucia Berlin, earned comparisons to Raymond Carver, Grace Paley, Alice Munro, and Anton Chekhov. Evening in Paradise is a careful selection from Berlin’s remaining stories―twenty-two gems that showcase the gritty glamour that made readers fall in love with her. From Texas to Chile, Mexico to New York City, Berlin finds beauty in the darkest places and darkness in the seemingly pristine. Evening in Paradise is an essential piece of Berlin’s oeuvre, a jewel-box follow-up for new and old fans.
Short stories are the perfect thing to read when you’re out on the go, and these are among some of the finest ever written. Compared to masters of the genre such as Carver and Munro, Lucia Berlin’s stories are absolutely gorgeous, and made all the more bitter sweet by the fact that her genius was not recognized until after the death.
Our Dark Horse
131 Different Things by Nick Zinner, Zachary Lipez and Stacy Wakefield
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When Sam, a bartender in New York, hears that his ex, Vicki, his one true love, has quit AA and is out drinking again, he embarks on a quest to find her. Sam and his sidekick Francis trek from dive bars to gay bars to rocker bars–encountering skinheads, party promoters, underage drug dealers, and dominatrixes–but they are always one step behind Vicki. It begins to seem like 131 different things are keeping the lovers apart. Before the night is over, Sam will have to wrestle with what he is really looking for.
Nick Zinner–who plays guitar in the three-time Grammy-nominated band Yeah Yeah Yeahs–provides the visual framework for this inventive novella with his intimate photography. Known for his essays and music writing for Noisey, Vice, and Penthouse, Zachary Lipez brings his pithy, multilayered, and self-deprecating voice to this debut work of fiction. The prose and photography are tied together in a playful taxonomic scheme by editor and art director Stacy Wakefield, the author of the novel The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory. The three artists have collaborated on four previous books, most recently Please Take Me Off the Guest List.
This is an incredible novella (by Nick Zinner, guitarist of THE YEAH YEAH YEAHS!) told through a totally unique marriage of prose and over 100 photographs. Publishers Weekly said, ‘the chapters in the book read like interconnected stories, bolstered by Zinner’s outstanding (mostly color) pictures- over 100 in total. Though several references place the book in current times, it conjures up the grittier bygone era of Lou Reed and Debbie Harry, who merits a passing mention…An intriguing volume, particularly for those looking to party all night without leaving their living room.” It’s an absolute treat of a book, described as “A boozy, grungy, alt-rock fable that might as well have a soundtrack by The Replacements”, perfect for lovers of photography, music, and atmospheric writing.