As the weather begins to cool down and we start to spend more time indoors, it’s always nice to have good books at the ready. Here are some of the titles we’ll be paging through as the leaves start to turn.
PRETTY LITTLE LONDON
SARA SANTINI AND ANDREA DI FILIPPO
London is undoubtedly a beautiful city, but which spots are the most worthy to include in your social media feed? Follow Sara and Andrea of @PrettyLittleLondon on the ‘Gram as they capture 100 of the most beautiful spots in the city—no filter needed! From garden strolls to museum tours to cocktails on a rooftop, you’ll see a side of London that’s a bit more off-the-beaten-tourist-path.
“Not being able to travel has definitely been one of the worst things about this pandemic, so the thought of finally being able to get on a plane and travel around the world fills us with joy. We can’t wait to get back to our ‘Pretty Little Trips’ and discover new places, cultures, and cuisines and inspire people to do the same through our photography!”-Sara and Andrea, authors of “Pretty Little London”
For some extra joie de vivre, check out @PrettyLittleParis and @PrettyLittleTrips on Instagram
MARIA EMPARO ESCANDÓN
There’s a drought in Los Angeles. Oscar Alvarado has become obsessed with the weather forecast—a little rain would solve a problem that he’s keeping from his family. His wife has had it with the constant weather watch and wants a divorce. This comes as a shock to their three adult daughters, who begin to question their own lives and relationships. With imminent wildfire evacuations, the Alvarados must decide to weather through their own family issues and stick together or let everything go down in flames.
Escandon is also a screenwriter and has a film production company, The Other Truth Productions.
SEVERAL PEOPLE ARE TYPING
If you think you had some hilarious stories of your work-from-home life, this one takes the cake. Gerald, a staffer at a NYC public relations firm, has apparently had his consciousness uploaded into his team’s interoffice chat channels. Talk about working remotely! His bosses are loving his work ethic despite not being in the office. Gerald would love to know where his body actually is, while his team members hate that he gets to work from home while they’re in the office. He tasks his colleague Pradeep with helping him get out of the virtual void, though client problems and a budding online love might actually make him stay there.
Written in the format of Slack messages, this novel is reminiscent of “The Office” in a virtual setting.
TASTE: MY LIFE THROUGH FOOD
Whether you watched Stanley Tucci’s show “Searching for Italy” for the country or the man himself, chances are you also fell in love with Italian food along the way. This book continues Tucci’s celebration of food and life, punctuated by stories of his childhood in New York, acting in food-focused films like “Big Night” and “Julie & Julia,” and cooking at home with his wife.
If you appreciate the power of home cooking—even when it goes awry—this book is for you.
MONSTER IN THE MIDDLE
Fly is a Black American musician raised in a mixed-religion family. Stela is a Catholic teacher from the Caribbean. When they fall in love in New York City, they feel like they are meant to be together. Or are they? In this novel that spans decades and continents, the fate of their relationship will be shaped by their own families’ histories and loves.
This emotional novel explores the intersections of love and identity and religion and society.
UNPROTECTED: A MEMOIR
Billy Porter slays audiences with his fierce talent, but life wasn’t always a red carpet photo shoot. Growing up as a gay Black individual often seemed like an endless struggle, but Porter is a survivor. With his unique and powerful voice, Porter tells his story of moving on from past trauma and pain to triumphant success in the entertainment industry.
Billy Porter has won numerous top awards for performing, including an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Tony.
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UNFILTERED: HOW TO BE AS HAPPY AS YOU LOOK ON SOCIAL MEDIA
It’s easy to judge others’ lives through the lens of a social media feed, which in turn leads us to harshly—and unfairly—judge our own lives. Bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and sought-after media trainer Jessica Abo aims to stop us from “doomscrolling” and save us from the endless loop of compare and despair. Her book comprises small, easily digestible chapters with advice and inspiration from celebrities, industry experts, and psychologists. You’ll get to the bottom of your social media-inflicted gloom and find ways to feel empowered despite your current obstacles, learn how to let go of the past, and start creating a happy life on your own terms.
JESSICA ON HOW TO USE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA POWERS FOR GOOD: “We’re all influencers, we just have to think of it that way. We have the ability to inspire, motivate, and educate people every single day, and we have the opportunity to turn to other people to be inspired, motivated, and educated. And that’s a way better use of our time than inspecting our lives against theirs.”
REID IS ON A ROLL
If you haven’t read any of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books yet, now’s your chance to catch up before her books get the Hollywood treatment. Not one but four of Reid’s books are getting adapted for film or TV. Her latest, “Malibu Rising,” is planned as a Hulu series. “Daisy Jones and the Six” and “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” are in development at Amazon and Freeform, respectively. And “One True Loves” is set to be a film directed by Andy Fickman.
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