February Reading List

From coming-of-age memoirs to political satires, this month’s reading list features five promising titles telling stories of resistance, wit and insatiable curiosity for the world.

 

The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin

The story of the Gold children, four adolescent siblings who hear their fortunes from a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day of their death. Such information will affect their next decades in many different ways.

 

Heart Berries: A Memoir, by Terese Marie Mailhot

After surviving a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing, Mailhot finds herself hospitalized and facing dual diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II disorder. The writer then starts writing her memoirs on a notebook, graphically illustrating her mental state and slowly reestablishing a connection to her family.

 

Adjustment Day, by Chuck Palahniuk

Palahniuk’s first book in four years describes a society where smug politicians have brought the nation to the verge of a third world war. A secret book, telling people that Adjustment Day is coming, circulates quietly amongst trusted ones who’ve been memorizing it’s directives. While the plot might sound vague, publishers assure that “everyone will be offended”.

 

The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups, by Daniel Coyle

How do successful groups work?  Where does great culture come from? In The Culture Code, the author demystifies the culture-building process by going inside some of the world’s most powerful organizations (from the U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team Six to gangs of jewelry thieves) and explains how vast groups learn to function as a single mind.

 

Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover

This is the story of Tara Westover, a woman born to survivalists in Idaho. Until she was seventeen, Westover had never seen a doctor or set foot in a classroom. After teaching herself enough mathematics, grammar and science, the author took the AGT and was admitted to Brigham Young University. After studying in Cambridge and Harvard, Tara Westover shares her story and talks about family, struggle and self-invention.

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