Favorite books from January

The books I most enjoyed in January: (A list because I love looking at book covers and reminiscing about books I just read.)

Women in Clothes

Women in Clothes, ed. Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton (which inspired my recent blog foray into wardrobe definition and sartorial self-discovery)

In Persuasion Nation

In Persuasion Nation, by George Saunders

Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights

Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, by Katha Pollitt (which I recently quoted from)

Independent People

Independent People, by Halldór Laxness

Oranges

Oranges, by John McPhee

No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes

No Good Men among the Living, by Anand Gopal

What were some of the best things you read last month? Do tell.

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One thought on “Favorite books from January

  1. I like your list, and yes, looking at book covers and reminiscing is a very enjoyable pastime:-) I’m going to check out a couple of the ones you mentioned.
    My January books (and the pictures would look lovely!) were:
    1. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth- Chris Hadfield. I saw him speak at the National Geographical Society and got it signed, felt like a kid!
    2. El ruido de las cosas al caer- Juan Gabriel Vasquez. A young Colombian author, I have enjoyed a couple of his books before, and thought I would give this one a go. Excellent!
    3.The nine lives of Otto Katz – Jonathan Miles. Absolutely fantastic. Fascinating, terrifying, and in the end, terribly sad.
    4. A girl is a half formed thing – Eimear McBride. This was a gift for my birthday, and it took a while to get into it. But although it developed slowly, I ended up fiercely attached to the main character and her story.
    5. Dark Market: cyberthieves, cybercops, and you – Misha Glenny. Read it!!! I devoured this book, and when I finished I wished that I could be either an investigative journalist, work for cyber investigations, or become a hacker:-D
    6. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I’m just getting to the end of this one, but I love her voice. Her TED talk on feminism is fabulous, and her talk at the Hay Festival when she gave the commonwealth speech on realist literature was just a thing of beauty. And now it is February…which brings longer days, new challenges, and a pile of books waiting to be read!

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