LAST FIVE BOOKS I'VE READ, CHRONOLOGICALLY
That I want other people to read plzzzz
- •Cunt by Inga MuscioAre you a woman? READ THIS. Are you not a woman? READ THIS. I wanna kiss Inga Muscio on the mouth for this book. An in-depth exploration of the history and meaning of the WORD cunt, and of our actual ANATOMICAL cunts. She covers a lot of bases in this book including but not limited to: caring for your lady parts, the power of female sexuality, the lack of female representation in art, rape, etymology, etc, etc, etc. Alongside my main bitch Pema in required reading for all humankind. Read this.
- •My Brilliant Friend by Elena FerranteRead this in like 2 1/2 days. It is written so beautifully and is such an easy read because Ferrante is a gerddern woman wonder of a writer. Grade A, compelling story of friendship and womanhood. Also, a gorgeous depiction of human beings in all their messy, mean, inspiring, hateful, loving, glory. Read this.
- •The Genius of Language by Wendy LesserA collection of essays by multilingual writers who, for different reasons, decided to pursue writing in English instead of their mother tongue. This book is so touching and makes you wanna hug every single person on the subway. I cried, and laughed, and cringed, and loved so hard while reading this. Great book for anyone to speaks multiple languages, or wants to speak multiple languages, or speaks one language, or who is a member of the human race. Read this.
- •Nine Stories by J.D. SalingerI've read this a thousand times and will always argue it one of the best short story collections known to man. Salinger is the man and everyone knows this. Every single story is engaging and beautiful and disturbing and different. And just holy shit the intelligence that this man creates in characters and story lines is unparalleled. Read it.
- •When Things Fall Apart by Pema ChödrönI will talk about this book to anyone who will listen and plenty of people who will not. I've talked about this book with a tree once. If you want to try and understand how to make it in this world as a sane person, or want to begin to understand the benefits of meditation and mindfulness, read this. Just read this, for your sake and for the rest of the world's sake.
- •BONUS: Life and Death in Shanghai by Cheng NienNot one of the last five books I've read but I really love this book. The memoir of an incredible woman who survived unspeakable persecution during China's Cultural Revolution, this book will leave you both repulsed and awed at what human beings are capable of. A good history lesson, and human lesson for all.