The Rules Do Not Apply - Ariel Levy

Staff Pick
There are some people we look at and think how great their lives must be. We envy them for what appears to be a fun and exciting way of living. Ariel Levy might be one of those people we wish we could switch lives with. Looking at her career trajectory, working as a journalist (now for the New Yorker) traveling the world on assignment and writing interesting pieces on sex, gender, and culture, many of us would love to have that life. But what she offers here is a reprieve from our jealousy. In this candid memoir, we learn from someone who knows that no one ever gets to have everything. Going with Levy on the roller coaster ride of her 20s and 30s, from broke to a successful career in journalism, from married and pregnant to divorced and childless, there are beautiful moments of joy and unbelievable moments of grief. In the end, there are many turns in life that you cannot plan, no matter how persuasive your perceptions are. 
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ISBN: 9780812996937
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Published: Random House - March 14th, 2017

What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky - Lesley Nneka Arimah

Staff Pick

From the first story to the last, this collection is a punch to the gut. Here you will not find stories of familial interaction to elicit the warm fuzzies. Exploring the deeply essential ways that parents influence their children, Arimah offers these devastating shorts, often reading as allegory. You will find here examples of how mothers can quite literally create and destroy their children, especially their daughters. Some do this knowingly and willingly; some unintentionally. But perhaps it is not all the mother's fault. Perhaps it is the cultural and social expectations and norms inflicted on women, and therefore mothers, that are the real perpetrators of violence, hate, jealousy, and fear.

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ISBN: 9780735211025
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 4th, 2017

The Abundance - Annie Dillard

Staff Pick
No other authors bend the mind to their will as Dillard has for years. In this volume, a collection of both new and old work, it is almost a prerequisite that you read outside in order to fully appreciate its essence, and what better time to read outside than in the summer? But have you considered where the sand comes from on that beach you are so decadently tanning on? Have you sat long enough in nature to see its movements, its life outside of yours? Dillard has, and she shares here some of her most intimate encounters and observations of the world we so often look past.
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ISBN: 9780062432964
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Published: Ecco - February 14th, 2017