OverBOOKed September 2019
Updated: Oct 12, 2020
Too busy to read? Studies show those who read live long and are smarter! Carve out some time in your busy schedule for some SHELFcare. We’ve curated a list for those who don’t have time to pick a book!
By Celeste Ng
If you’re in the mood for: Family drama, social examination/commentary, friendship, community
It’s 1997. An American suburb serves as a character in its own right as the reader follows two families—the “all-American” family and the family of their employee—through their exterior appearances into the shadows of their deepest demons, fears and prejudices.
Named Best Book of the Year by several media outlets, Little Fires Everywhere examines American society as a whole by illuminating the juxtaposition of both race and privilege in American.
Ng has a knack for creating multifaceted characters the reader can fall in love with—in spite of their flaws and biases. The book will challenge you to examine your own neighborhood, community and self.
Streaming Binge Alert: Littles Fires Everywhere will soon be a Hulu limited series starring Kerry Washington, Reese Witherspoon and Joshua Jackson.
By Tayari Jones
If you’re in the mood for: a difficult love story, sacrifice, race, judicial system, strong narrative voice
Roy and Celestial are young, educated, in love and black in the American south. The book follows the fallout of Roy’s wrongful conviction soon after their marriage. An American Marriage is comprised of the couples’ letters to one another between prison and the outside world. This novel (for which Jones won the Women’s Prize for Fiction) depicts every angle of the devastation the failed judicial system has on not only Roy and his young wife, but on their entire families and communities (both native and prospective).
If you’re in the mood for: self-reflection, all the feels
Author Kelly Corrigan has curated twelve phrases people use in their relationships. From close family members to strangers on the street, these twelve phrases serve as the structure for Tell Me More. Each phrase is an essay where Corrigan uses her humor, empathy, warmth and own flub-ups to unpack how we connect as people. Her essays read as stories you might hear from your own family/friends around the dinner table (or even read in your own diary). Chapters on phrases like “Tell me more,” “I was wrong” and “I love you” read as masterclasses on how to be a human in the world.
Through Corrigan’s style of bittersweet emotion and humor, the reader will yearn to connect more meaningfully with the world, those they love and even themselves.
This month, we share two books popular on booklists from author Taylor Jenkins Reid, who writes books perfect for the reader looking to escape to another time/life.
If you’re in the mood for: an escape, celebrity confessions, Hollywood glamor, a quick read
Old Hollywood glitz and glamour are on full display as starlet Evelyn Hugo climbs the ranks of Hollywood society. Evelyn’s life story is told through the circumstances and feelings of each of her seven marriages. A fast, guilty pleasure read perfect for a weekend away or a plane or beach read.
If you’re in the mood for: Reckless adventure, 1970s rock nostalgia
A band experiences a sudden rise to fame after a beautiful and intriguing young vocalist joins the band. In Daisy Jones & The Six, Reid takes the reader on an adventure to unearth the age-old rock & roll question: why did the band break up?