Books We Read: February
If you add Pretty In Pink, The Notebook, and Vampire Weekend's first album together you get this book. This book is a fairy tale of lust, money, power, grit & glamour about star-crossed lovers Elise and Jamey who come from very different social strata maneuvering through their torrid love affair and the world around them. It's almost like a reworked Romeo & Juliet, or a sexed-up Pretty In Pink. If you can get past some occasional YA-level writing and you're into something more intellectually stimulating than 50 Shades, this one's for you.
Jeffrey Eugenides is one of the most brilliant writers of our time. Every single one of his books stands alone and does not piggyback off the successful tropes of his previous work, which is genuinely impressive and rare. How many times have you read one great book by an author, only to pick up the next and be completely disappointed? Not only is his work beyond beautiful, he is one of the very few male writers who write believable female characters. Sometimes when you read a female character written by a male author, she seems somehow wrong: two dimensional, unbelievable, off-center. In Fresh Complaint, Eugenides manages to continue weaving his magical prose through short stories written between 1988 and 2017. Absolutely amazing. Bonus points for the beautiful hardcover design. Can't wait for his next novels.
If you've read Me Before You, and After You, you should probably read Still Me, just so you have the chance to follow Louisa Clarke's next step in her journey. She's hilarious and real and Jojo Moyes writes in a smooth, buttery way that makes the book simple and easy to digest, in the best way possible. We hope this is the last in the series and it is a neatly wrapped up trilogy because milking this storyline more might be a bad idea. After You was a bit of a letdown after Me Before You, but Still Me takes place in our home base New York and it's wonderful and so light and emotional and a good way to relax your mind after our January/February Book of the Month Anna Karenina.
There is no better time than 2018 to channel the power of female goddesses, bask in the feminine, and celebrate the opalescent prism of your own personality. Whether you're a witch or not, whether you believe in channeling goddesses or not, learning about strong, powerful female deities can empower the goddess in you to go out there in the world and be the best you can be. We love this book, its a great reference book and an introduction to female deities across pantheons.