April Book Picks: What to Read Right Now

WE'VE PUT TOGETHER A LIST OF 10 BOOKS FOR YOU THAT WE THINK HAVE A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. Our moods and emotions are all over the place these days, so pick something that resonates with how you're feeling and dive into one of these picks from our April list...
(The luxury of browsing in a bookstore or library is something we have to put on hold for a while but fortunately, there are many other options for reading and getting books. For example, most books may be downloaded to a Kindle, Nook, Apple Books, or other reading platforms. Use the Libby app by Overdrive and get connected to your local library where you can access thousands of Ebooks for free. Some stores like Barnes and Noble are offering curbside pickup service when you order and pay online.)  

1. Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith

“Poignant, gorgeous—a picaresque voyage through Patti Smith’s dreams and life, blending fiction and reality, conjured characters and actual ones. She writes of seeing her image reflected on the surface of the toaster: ‘I noticed I looked young and old simultaneously.’ That describes her spirit perfectly.” - Maureen Dowd, The New York Times 

 2. The Prettiest Star by Carter Sickels 

"Get ready for your heart to explode into an entire cosmos. Carter Sickels' The Prettiest Star is the story of a young man who must drag his body from the mouth of death back to the "home" that nearly killed him. The story of a queer desiring body moving through the crucibles of life toward song, toward rewriting family and whatever we mean by home, toward a kind of hope that comes from the dirt up and not the sky down. A heart triumph." - Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan
3. Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa 
"A novel based on the journalist Robert Fisk's articles from the time, 'Mornings in Jenin' is the first book written in English to tell the story of the Israeli Palestine conflict. It's one of the best books I've ever read." - Sorcha O'Keefe
4. I've Been Thinking by Maria Shriver
Shriver tackles motherhood, faith, acceptance, and more in her search for how we can all live a more meaningful life. With quotes, prayers, and personal anecdotes, this book feels like a long walk with a close friend.” - PopSugar

"An uplifting collection. . . intimate and thought-provoking" - goop
5. Even Cowgirls Get The Blues by Tom Robbins
"Even Cowgirls Get the Blues comes as a magical gift, a brilliant affirmation of private visions and private wishes and their power to transform life and death.”  - The Nation
6. All Over the Place by Geraldine DeRuiter
"I laughed so hard during the book's 'disclaimer' that I woke up my baby, and then actively ignored him to continue reading. Geraldine is at turns laugh-out-loud hilarious and grab-me-some-tissues tender, and all I could think of after reading this was 'can we take a trip together please?"
- Nora McInerny Purmort, author of It's Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too)
7. Women, Food, and Desire by Alexandra Jamieson

"Combining humor and candor with a smart, science-based approach, Alexandra Jamieson helps you develop a healthier, sexier, more vital existence in Women, Food and Desire. With practical, easy-to-implement strategies, she shows you how to transcend obstacles and tap into your deepest purpose. Transformative and life-changing!" - JJ Virgin

8. Untamed by Glennon Doyle

“Filled with hopeful messages . . . encourag[ing] women to reject the status quo and follow their intuition . . . This testament to female empowerment and self-love, with an endearing coming-out story at the center, will delight readers.”  Publishers Weekly

9. Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

“Three Women is a masterpiece. . . . Taddeo spent eight years immersed in the romantic, sexual, and emotional lives of three women. . . . No doubt, you’ll find parts of yourself in these women.” - Caitlin Brody, Vanity Fair
10. Essentialism by Greg McKeown
"In this likeable and astute treatise on the art of doing less in order to do better...McKeown makes the content fresh and the solutions easy to implement. Following his lucid and smart directions will help readers find "the way of the essentialist" - Success Magazine
Have you read any of these books? What are you enjoying now? Let us know if you have suggestions in the comments, we'd love to know! 
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  • What an exciting well rounded list to get us through these tough times! Thanks Bambina!


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