We know Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter earlier this month, but with a cold snap reportedly bringing near record-low temperatures to the East Coast tonight, something tells us we might still be staying indoors come the Ides of March. To prepare, we’ve asked some of BB’s writers to share the books currently keeping them entertained and out of the cold.
There is as much variety amongst the seven titles that made the list as there is amongst the people who selected them. If you’re spending your indoor time this winter strategizing how to get your startup company off the ground, you might want to check out Sophia Amoruso’s how-to-guide, #GIRLBOSS, to pick up a few pointers on ways to turn your small idea into an empire.
Judging a book by its cover is not always a good idea; however, judging a book by its National Book Award cover seals is a pretty fool-proof way to fill your library with solid reading material. We have two NBA recipients on our list—Jacqueline Woodson for lyrical new memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, and Phil Klay for his short-story collection on the Iraq War, Redeployment.
With the amount of snow that’s befallen the East Coast in places like Boston this winter, it’s understandable to think the apocalypse might be upon us. For the doomsayers out there—or people who just happen to like post-apocalyptic novels—Find Me is earning so much praise for its author Laura van den Berg that some have started calling her the best young writer in America.
One of the bright sides to all this bad weather (other than that it gives us an excuse to re-read Miranda July’s debut novel, The First Bad Man) is that, while it may be shitty for doing so many things, it’s perfect for curling up with a good book and a hot drink.
Click the links below to read reviews of each book by our writers.
1. Find Me, by Laura van den Berg
2. Binary Star by Sarah Gerard
3. The First Bad Man by Miranda July
4. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
5. Redeployment by Phil Klay
6. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
7. Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish