The Literary Edit: 10 Great Books To Help You Survive The Cold Weather Until Spring

With warmer weather around the corner, here are our 10 books to keep our minds off the cool temps.
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Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

If you were even the smallest fan of the movie “Almost Famous”, this book is for you! For everyone, really – Daisy Jones and the Six is an absolute blast to read. Written as an interview between band members, a format which drives the energy of the narrative, Jenkins Reid paints a rich picture of the music scene in the 1970s. To say I couldn't put it down is an understatement. One of the most fun books I’ve read, trust me on this.

Maid by Stephanie Land

"Maid" is a story that everyone needs to read -- as citizens, as mothers, as neighbors. But it's also a story that everyone is going to WANT to read, because it's utterly captivating. I'm grateful to Stephanie Land for her generosity in sharing her life so well.

I had the amazing good fortune of hearing Land speak at a bookseller convention last spring and then read the book in about a day – an incredible, life-changing, TRUE story. Grab your box of tissues and get ready for a major perspective shift. One call-out line among many: "You don't have to ask permission, you just have to give notice."

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Catch 22 by Joseph Heller -- if you missed this one in high school, or would like a refresher before binging on the HULU Series coming this spring!

The Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

A masterpiece and guaranteed to be one of the best books of 2019, The Lost Children Archive explores stories – the ways we tell them and the ways we are told them. Seamlessly weaving an American road trip, an eclipsed childhood and the slow burn of a family in crisis, alongside the greater plight of child refugees, Lost Children Archive captures the sharp reality of being alive in this country, in this present. Timely and an absolute must read.

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray

Gray writes a haunting and fierce debut novel about the bonds of family and how those bonds remain intact, even when its members are often treated badly. At its center, Care and Feeding is moving study on what it means to be a women in all our myriad facets: mother, daughter, sister, friend, wife, stranger.

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The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer

A mesmerizing debut which puts artist (and former muse) Lee Miller front and center in a setting that can’t be beat -- Paris in the 20s and 30s. Admittedly, I often struggle with historical fiction (it’s not my favorite genre), but Age of Light is the absolute exception. Scharer creates a vibrant world with one of my favorite women from the past – Lee Miller. I read a biography about Miller in 2008, and Scharer hues close to the historical narrative while adding twists and depth that makes the story timely, new and utterly magical.

The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash

The Dakota Winters tells the story of the fictional Winter family living in the very real Dakota building in Manhattan's Upper West Side at the end of the 1970s. The perfect next read after Daisy Jones and the Six if you’d like to extend that 70s-vibe like I did. The book is all the better with a walk-on by John Lennon. A great story with a deep dive into pop culture, The Dakota Winters is an engrossing and entertaining read.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

This one has been the talk of spring – an absolute must read and the start of a trilogy, so get ready to spend some time with Marlon James in this fantastic fantasy world. With sublime storytelling, James presents the reader with an African myth so poetic, absorbing and provoking, Black Leopard, Red Wolf will surely rest among the classics. 

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Lost and Wanted by Nell Freudenberger

Dive into this one with a glass of wine and a few lingering hours – a perfect date with a book for an endless winter’s night. Helen is a successful physicist and a single mother, but when her best friend Charlie dies, she must confront the limitations of love and science, realizing how far each may be stretched. Touching on grief, motherhood, and our necessary grappling with past decisions, Lost and Wanted is a beautiful, lyrical meditation on all we hold close.

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Here’s one to pass the time before season two of Big Little Lies begins in June! In Liane Moriarty’s latest, the title nine gather at a remote luxury health resort, expecting to rid themselves of stress, lose weight, gain confidence, and mend old heartaches. Needless to say, their expectations are met with challenges. Sweet, hilarious and just good classic fun, grab this book for your own spa weekend with a friend.

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