Weekly Book List: Week 14 (Collection of Essays)

Between the World and Me / Ta-Nehisi Coates

Told through the author’s own evolving understanding of the subject over the course of his life comes a bold and personal investigation into America’s racial history and its contemporary echoes. (305.8 COA)

 

I Was Told There’d Be Cake / Sloane Crosley

Offers a humorous look at human fallibility and the vagaries of modern urban life by detailing such offbeat situations as the despoiling of an exhibit at the Natural History Museum, the provocation of a boss, and siccing the cops on a mysterious neighbor. (814.6 CRO)

 

Not that Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” / Lena Dunham

The creator and star of HBO’s Girls documents her coming-of-age in and out of the spotlight, recounting her experiences with everything from dieting and embarrassing sex to dirty old men and performing in less-than-ideal conditions. (792.092 DUN)

 

I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman / Nora Ephron

A collection of essays offers a humorous look at the ups and downs of being a woman of a certain age, discussing the tribulations of maintenance and trying to stop the clock, menopause, and empty nests. (305.2442 EPH)

 

Ten Years in the Tub: A Decade Soaking in Great Books / Nick Hornby

Culling the best of his monthly column “Stuff I’ve Been Reading” from Believer magazine, the author presents observations on an array of topics and provides a wide-ranging reading list that serves as a reminder as to why we read. (028.9 HOR)

 

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) / Mindy Kaling

The writer and actress best known as Kelly Kapoor on “The Office” shares observations on topics ranging from favorite male archetypes and her hatred of dieting to her relationship with her mother and the haphazard creative process in the “Office” writers’ room. (818.602 KAL)

 

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories / Marina Keegan

This hope-filled posthumous collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate who died tragically five days after graduation details the struggle that we all face as we figure out what we want to be and how we can positively impact the world. (818.6 KEE)

 

The Empathy Exams: Essays / Leslie Jamison

A collection of essays explores empathy, using topics ranging from street violence and incarceration to reality television and literary sentimentality to ask questions about people’s understanding of and relationships with others. (814.6 JAM)

 

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage / Ann Patchett

Offering an invitation into her personal life, the noted author shares the stories of the people, places, ideals, and art to which she has remained indelibly committed. (813.54 PAT)

 

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim / David Sedaris

In a collection of essays, the Rooster gets married at an uproarious wedding, an estrangement occurs over a rubber vs. plastic debate, and the author gets the upper hand during a slumber party game of strip poker. (814.54 SED)

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