In order to be a good author, you’ve got to be a good reader, right? That’s what we’ve always thought anyway. To keep our shelves stocked with must-read recommendations, we scoured social media to discover the books that our favorite writers recommend. Looking for more recommendations? Check out our staff reads.
At my Trader Joe’s in Los Angeles and this little girl was hugging The Serpent’s Secret by @Sayantani16 like it was her very best friend. I told her that I’ve been in awe of Sayantani since I was 15 and we were in a writing program in NJ. So psyched to see her words in the world! pic.twitter.com/PIpWPItT7i
— Andrea J Loney (@AndreaJLoney) March 24, 2018
Kitchen Table Tarot, by Melissa Cynova This will be my new go-to recommendation when folks ask me about starting tarot. For some folks, tarot is a highly mystical experience, requiring ritual and song, candles and wall-hangings, crystals and gnomes. I respect that. Go for it. But for me, tarot’s always been a more mundane spiritual experience, one that notches into many spiritual beliefs and lifestyles. A conversation starter when people come to my house for the first time, or for connecting at the end of a long conference day. It’s just a way to dig into issues that you don’t otherwise know how to solve, celebrate the good parts of yourself, and connect with people in a way that digs deep beyond that odious poison, small talk. Cynova tackles the tarot with this same big-picture, no-nonsense approach. If you’re looking for a deep study of the cards’ history or an analysis of why the color blue appears on such card or a guide for how to spiritually dishwash the bad energy out of your cards, this isn’t the book for you; there are others that do that well. If you’re looking for an intuitive overview of how tarot might work for you and a pragmatic guide to learning the cards’ core meanings, this book is the one. It’s a warm, fast read with plenty of swearing, and I wish it could be bundled with every one of my tarot decks instead of the little one I wrote. It’s that good. Buy one for you and one for your best friend, and go through it together. A+ #tarot #ravensprophecytarot
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Two weeks ago on International Women’s Day, I decided to pull some books written by women in different countries off my shelves and share them on my Twitter account. But IMO every day should belong to women around the world so. #tbt #womenwriters • • • Irish author Edna O’Brien has won no end of prizes, most recently the 2018 PEN Nabokov Award. Girl with Green Eyes is the 2nd volume in her groundbreaking Country Girls trilogy. • • • In 2014, American graphic novelist @AlisonBechdel received a MacArthur “Genius” grant. Fun Home is her first of two graphic memoirs; its Broadway adaptation won 5 Tonys. • • • Poet @JoyHarjo is a member of the Muskogee Nation. Crazy Brave is her extraordinary memoir. • • • Ugandan author, life coach & TED speaker Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa fled to Kenya as a child. Her memoir, Flame and Song, blends prose and poetry. • • • Finland’s Tove Jansson was an artist, illustrator, and author. Creator of #moomin, she also wrote brilliant adult fiction, such as The True Deceiver. • • • Author Eleanor Catton is of New Zealand nationality. At 28, she won the Booker Prize for her novel The Luminaries. • • • South African author and activist Nadine Gordimer was a Nobel Laureate in literature. Her novel The Conservationist shared a Booker. • • • Nigerian author and feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a goddess. Purple Hibiscus was her first novel. • • • Born on a small island in Senegal, author, cultural commentator, and tv host Fatou Diome pursued a PhD in Strasbourg (where I also used to live). Her first novel has been translated as The Belly of the Atlantic.
OMG, I cannot wait for this gorgeous new novel from the NYT Bestselling and sublime @MegWClayton. Beautiful Exiles, and it’s about MARTHA GELHORN!!! pic.twitter.com/GgqJL3Oi5Z
— Caroline Leavitt (@Leavittnovelist) March 28, 2018