Rose Owens list of 30"
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
Carry This Book by Abbi Jacobsen
Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher
Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace by Jessica Bennett
Suck Less: Where There's a Willam, There's A Way by Willam Belli
You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson
Postcards From the Edge by Carrie Fisher
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
What Becomes Us by Micah Perks
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
The Girls by Emma Cline
As If!: The Oral History of Clueless as Told by Amy Heckerling and The Cast and The Crew by Jen Chaney
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Wallflower at the Orgy by Nora Ephron
Crazy Salad: Some Things about Women by Nora Ephron
Scribble, Scribble: Notes on the Media by Nora Ephron
Heartburn by Nora Ephron
I Feel Bad about My Neck: and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron
I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections by Nora Ephron
Why Drag? by Magnus Hastings
The Sunlight Night by Rebecca Dinerstein
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Lucky by Alice Sebold
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Mad Hatters and March Hares edited by Ellen Datlow
Cruddy by Lynda Barry
The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughn (#30)

Several readers recommended A Man Called Ove by Frederick Brackman and Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance

Mary M.
All the Stars in Heaven by Adriana Trigiani
The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shutterly & Robin Miles

Karen H.
Drinking, a Love Story by Caroline Knapp
Small Great Things by Jody Picoult
The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
Brown Girl Dreaming

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
A Man Called Ove by Frederick Brackman
Red Notice by Bill Browder
Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King

Elizabeth Fishel
Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas
Pages for Her by Sylvia Brownrigg
The New Old Me by Meredith Maran
The Kite and the String by Alice Mattison
Option B by Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant

( I highly recommend Elizabeth's book, Getting to 30: a Parents' Guide to the 20-Something Years, written with co-author Jeffrey J. Arnett)

Marcia S.
Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt
Ship of Brides by JoJo Moyes

Holly S
Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror and Deliverance in the City of Love by David Talbott
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
11/22/63 by Stephen King
American Culture: the Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
American Slavery: the Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kid
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
It's What I Do: a Photographer's Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario

Kathie H.
Any Margaret Atwood book
Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver
Any book about fly fishing

Bill Slavin
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
A Legacy of Spies by John LeCarre
White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg
Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign by Jonathan Allen & Amie Pames
Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild
What Happened by Hillary Clinton
Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump & the Storming of the Presidency by Joshua Green
A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes
Tears We Cannot Stop: a Sermon to White Americans by Michael Eric Dyson
Between the World and Me & We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Hehisi Coates
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy Tyson
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Beyond the Messy Truth by Van Jones
White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America by Joan C. Williams
Unbelievable: My Front Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History by Katy Tur
Thanks, Obama: a Speechwriter's Memoir by David Litt
One Nation Under Trump by EJ Dionne, Ornstein, & Mann
Founding Brothers: the Revolutionary Generation by Joseph Ellis


  1. Thanks for a reader's goldmine. Happy New Year!

  2. Hi Martha!
    Love the book list idea! I'm always looking for something new. I'm on this happiness kick right now. I am reading Maria Shriver's newest, "I've Been Thinking" and "The Book of Joy" with the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu.

    Your art work is phenomenal!

    1. Good choices, Francie, in this time of turmoil! And thanks for your comments about my artwork too.

  3. Add Circe to you must read list. By Madeline Miller it is a novel that intertwines Greek mythology with the search for identity by Circe, daughter of Helios the sun Titan. The book is ntersting to read, but also a joy to read because of the poetic beauty of her language.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion, Pat. I will put Circe by Madeline Miller on my list.


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