Weekend reading

Erin Kodicek on April 17, 2020

Weekend reading

In this week’s edition, Chris cozies up to a classic; I indulge in some literary therapy; Al devours an ode to food; Sarah wonders if she can judge a memoir by its eye-catching cover; and more.

Here is what the Amazon Books editors are reading this weekend.

The Swiss Family Robinson by J.D. Wyss

A week or so ago, I was going through some old books when The Swiss Family Robinson caught my eye. Without really thinking about it, I grabbed the old Bantam Classic paperback out of a box and stuck it in my back pocket. Eventually, I set it next to my bed. Given the current times, it seemed a little jokey to want to read this classic; but every night as I'm going to bed I read a little more. I thought I would draw parallels from the book about how to survive with your family on a desert island, and I have. But even more, I've looked forward to reading about a time when there were deserted islands in the world, completely unconnected from the rest of the world. —Chris Schluep

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

This is as good a time as any to reflect on the comedy and the tragedy of the human condition, and Lori Gottlieb's Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is the perfect book to dig into to do just that. Giving readers a behind-the-scenes peek from both sides of the couch, it's a witty, relatable, moving homage to the therapeutic process. While clinicians are required to see a counselor as part of their training, celebrated psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb enlists an experienced ear when an unexpected breakup lays her flat. Working through her issues with the enigmatic “Wendell” helps Gottlieb process her pain, but it also hones her professional skills; after all, a good therapist possesses the ability to empathize with their patients. Gottlieb chronicles in funny, frustrating, heartbreaking, and profoundly inspiring detail the issues four of her own patients are working through during the same time period, and, like Gottlieb, you will see yourselves in them. So take a good swig of that cheap wine, have a Kleenex box handy, and enjoy. —Erin Kodicek

The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher

Does anyone else feel like all they do these days is eat? I’m not complaining – I love food, and am relishing this time at home to cook and create delicious meals at all times of the day. But, I’ll also be honest: sometimes I have an omelet for dinner and pizza as a midmorning snack; today’s lunch was coffeecake with blueberries. So, it will come as no surprise, that I am upside down in love with M.F.K. Fisher’s The Art of Eating. With resounding wit and gumption she skewers that which does not make sense to her and savors that which makes her mouth water. She also, conveniently, would not condemn my eating habits of late: “one of the stupidest things in an earnest but stupid school of culinary thought is that each of the three daily meals should be ‘balanced.’” I mean, how can you not fall in love with this woman and her pluck and predilection towards food, glorious food? I’ll leave you with this… “The winter of 1927-28 was one of conscious gourmandise for me, or perhaps gluttony would be the word.” —Al Woodworth

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

For me, Glennon Doyle is to writing what The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is to television. I’ve heard a ton about them, but never actually tried them myself. So I was excited when my new virtual book club decided on Untamed by Glennon Doyle as our next book, and not just because this book jacket is my favorite so far in 2020. In Doyle’s latest memoir slash proclamation slash empowerment book, she describes locking eyes with another woman across a conference floor room and instantly knowing she was The One. But it’s a broader tale about how women are taught to live to please, and living for yourself can be uncomfortable and seem wrong. Doyle has a fairly passionate fan base and with almost 1000 customers reviews, nearly all 5 stars, I can’t wait to see what I’ve been missing. —Sarah Gelman

These Women by Ivy Pochoda

I'm not going to lie, season 6 of Bosch just became available and the chances of my getting to read rather than binge-watch the entire season of Bosch this weekend are slim indeed. But I got to speak to author Michael Connelly and asked if he had any recommended reading and he mentioned These Women by Ivy Pochoda, a literary thriller about five very different women who have one dangerous man in common. Gritty, eye-opening, and with lyrical turns of phrase, this book is a great plan B for when I run out of Bosch. —Vannessa Cronin

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