BOOKS FOR YOUR STAYCATION

Just because you might not be taking a fancy vacation this summer (ahem, 🙋) doesn't mean you don't need book recommendations, too!
  1. Bluets by Maggie Nelson
    A meditation on the color blue, reading Bluets is the best way to "escape" to somewhere more azure-hued. Plus, this book is downright amazing.
  2. The Martian by Andy Weir
    Speaking of escaping... No but really, The Martian is smart and funny and a great read worth the hype.
  3. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
    The critical praise is overwhelming for this slim volume, so let that be all the more reason to pick up Coates' passionate & timely new book exploring America's racial history. Warning: this is extremely powerful.
  4. The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
    This book breaks open the conversation on gender identity & roles, pregnancy, parenthood, relationships and personal transformations while Nelson's own partner transitions during her pregnancy. Nelson embraces big questions and encourages us to do the same, which makes this a big A+ for queer lit.
  5. Euphoria by Lily King
    Based on the life of noted anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is an intelligent, romantic, and inspirational piece of fiction, that details the life of a complex and accomplished woman.
  6. What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund
    So fun! Mendelsund illustrates (literally) the magic of reading as our eyes and brains process, anticipate, and analyze words.
  7. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
    I know, this book has been on everyone and their mother's list of must-reads. But listen, it's short, concise & clearly written. While you are vacationing at home, why not simplify and de-stress your surroundings a bit?
  8. Mislaid by Nell Zink
    Wry, witty, and whip smart Zink plays with our expectations of how things "should" go throughout the entire novel. For those who like their comedy absurdist, satirical, and self-aware, Mislaid is a pleasure.
  9. The Folded Clock by Heidi Julavits
    For writers and especially journal-ists (journalers?). Julavits thought she would trace her path to becoming a writer by revisiting childhood journals, but what she found lead her to a much more interesting exploration of how we self-mythologize.