Sunday, 8 February 2015

Five reads for February

Women in Clothes: Why We Wear What We Wear

Miranda July (pictured) is one of more than six hundred women featured in Women in Clothes - a ‘brilliant and unique exploration of the questions we ask ourselves while getting dressed every day’. Super excited about going to see Miranda speak later this month. She is the bomb.

Bastard Out of Carolina

There is a song by Le Tigre called Hot Topic, in which the band shouts names of their heroes. Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina, is sung with extra oomph and it’s easy to see why. Described by The New York Times Book Review as ‘about as close to flawless as any reader could ask for’, I can't wait to read this modern classic.

This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart

Last year, I did an e-course by the rather brilliant Susannah Conway. You might’ve come across her blog at some point as she is rather prolific. But I hadn’t read her first book, until now. Part memoir, part self-help book, This I Know is painful and profound, but also beautiful and hopeful.

Mrs Dalloway

This month’s book group pick, I have done something with this book that I’ve never done before - downloaded the audio book. Last week, I listened to Clarissa’s story, Woolf’s beautiful words spoken by Juliet Stephenson, as I wandered the streets of London Town. A joy.

The Book of Life

Not actually a book but a website, The Book of Life is packed with intriguing chapters, constantly updated, about all aspects of modern living: captitalsm, work, relationships, self, future, curriculum. Written and published by my number one philosopher, Alain de Botton and his School of Life team, it’s really worth reading. Go follow A de B on Facebook and have a look at the School of Life on YouTube as well.

What are you reading at the mo?

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