WE READ EVERY SINGLE BOOK EVER
If I had a dollar for every time I asked myself ... WHY DO I LIVE HERE (here being Chicago), I'd be Oprah's neighbor in Maui. The winter really knocks me flat. I have a super hard time surviving while waiting for the sun to shine on my dumb little face. I know it isn't all that cold or terrible, but there's something about the absence of warmth that really makes it difficult for me to want to climb out of my warm and cozy bathtub. And the news? LORD. I can't with that either. These are difficult days!
THEN HOW ARE YOU HERE WHAT ARE YOU DOING HOW DO YOU SURVIVE.
You guys. The way I get through it is reading. I read my ass off. Don't get too excited, when I'm not reading in the tub I'm watching everything on Bravo. I love that Lisa Vanderpump! I can't help it. So don't go thinking "reading" means I'm all Dostoevsky all the time. HA! I'm never Dostoevsky. I watch the news, I know Russians can't be trusted. Also a book over about 450 pages makes me want to light shit on fire. What you should know is I read good stuff. Here's what I've been using to drag myself into spring. Know that I don't read garbage, so you can trust my recommendations.
This is the gossipy moms gone wild, secrets and lies, modern everyday soap opera you have been waiting for. You need to get on this one and quick before Reese Witherspoon cranks out the TV show version of this and you have to hear about it everyday at the drop off line at school. Yeah. My girl Reese is about to turn this in to a TV hit, so work it out and get on down to the library, momma. A new family moves into Shaker Heights a super nice and exclusive suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. We slowly learn EVERYONE has secrets and you don't know ANYONE the way you think you do. Fires are being started everywhere ... who's starting them? This novel is about privilege with a capital "YOUCANTDOTHATJUSTBECAUSEYOURERICHBITCH." Get this now it's your favorite spring read, or save it for summer because your kids are gonna want to see the faces you'll be making when you read this while soaking up the sun.
Listen. I know you're gonna Google this one and say out loud, "Jeremy, I don't give a turkey about no music reviews." I know. Girl. I don't either. I'm 42 what do I need to read about a concert? NOTHING. That's what. Well, that is until I read this book. The only music I need to read about is the music Hanif Abdurraqib wants to tell me about. I do not give one single care in the whole wide world about Bruce Springstein, but let me tell you the essay in this book about Bruce made me understand why y'all call him BRUCE. The way he contextualizes the African American experience, and privilege, and all sorts of things my silly white butt had not taken the time to think of THROUGH MUSIC? Girl. You owe it to yourself to read this one. Some of these essays were so stirring that I immediately re-read them the minute I was done. I laughed. I cried. I gasped for air. This book is a true work of art and you owe it to yourself to get a copy. Don't speed through it. Marinate in these pieces, sit with them. You'll be better for it.
Alright. This is the weirdest book I've ever read. It's also the coolest book I've ever read. President Lincoln's son Willie has been laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery, and the President goes to visit him. Sounds sorta almost normal. Except the this story is narrated by the ghosts and spirits that live in the cemetery. There's a whole cast of characters you will come to know and love. When you pick this book up, it might scare you. It's written sorta like a play. It will take you a minute to get in the groove of the style and get over yourself and read it. I really recommend listening to it. Listening helps separate the personalities better, it did for me anyway. AND. The audio version is full of some of your favorites ... David Sedaris, Julianne Moore and many others.
You can have all the feelings and attitude about Oprah. Say what you want ... girlfriend knows how to pick a book. Fine. Her team knows how to pick a book. WHATEVER. This one is REAL REAL GOOD. It follows a couple that appears to have it all ... until they get separated in a way neither of them would have ever dreamed. Everything that follows the separation will have you picking your jaw up and gasping out loud to yourself. There are so many twists and turns and surprises in this book I don't want to say another word about it. GET IT AND READ IT.
Bitch. Didn't I tell you I was well rounded? I can't always be reading Lincoln in the Bardo and books of essays that make me think real hard. Sometimes I need to have a good time an escape AND THAT'S WHAT MS ERIKA IS ALL ABOUT. If you're a fan of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills this is a must read. You'll enjoy learning all about Erika's beginnings outside Atlanta, and how she found her way to her husband. There's definitely a moment in here that explains her recent CRAZY FACE at Teddi and so much more. It's not gonna win a Pulitzer, but there's some fun stuff in here and you can absolutely hear Erika's voice throughout. I love her. I love her on the show. I love her music. I love her spirit, and I love her message. I read this in about 2 days ... so if you're looking for something to read without much fuss HERES YOUR BOOK.
I fell in love with John Green when he gave us The Fault in Our Stars a couple years ago. It made me laugh and cry and cry and then cry some more. Here's what though ... Turtles is good and entertaining and sometimes funny without anyone dying. It tells the story of Aza who is determined to hunt down a missing fugitive and win a cool $100,000 with her bff Daisy. Along the way we learn about Aza's OCD and manage to fall in love. Did I mention nobody dies? It's a super fast and fun read.
Confession. I love Ann Patchett. LOVE. Her book Truth & Beauty held me together when I first moved to Chicago. I was all alone and that book helped me believe I was going to make it in the big bad world. I actually went to see Queen Patchett at a book release event for Commonwealth. She is a hoot and a half. Who says writers are boring and anti-social? Well, she might be a little anti-social but it is entertaining AF. If you ever have a chance to hear her speak for any reason ... GOOOOO. It's so worth it. Commonwealth tells the story of a random unexpected romantic encounter at a party and how the fallout from that moment affects the lives of everyone connected to it ... for the next FIVE DECADES. It's brilliant. It's gorgeous. I loved every single word of this book. It had me making noises and staying up way too late to find out what was going to happen. It's WONDERFUL. I promise you'll enjoy it.