Favorite Books of 2015.
Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
I have a theory that there is this new breed of woman. She does not look like what we have always valued as “successful”: 2.5 children, husband, white picket fence. She looks more like a woman that has many of creative options at her disposal for her to feel happy and fulfilled. She handpicks what she wants her life to be about. Her work adds value to the world. She is strong and independent and she does not live her life according to an invisible clock that society has established. Shonda is that woman. You must read this book.
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
If you are living with the misconception that we live in a post-racist America, you must read this book. If you are under the impression that racism ended when the Civil Rights Act was passed, you must read this book. If you love to repost memes and tweets about racial injustice, you must read this book. Please open your eyes and read this as soon as possible!
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This is one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read. This had me bawling like a baby at a Panera in the middle of the afternoon. If you have a heart and you have some belief in love, please read this. This is one of the few books when you can absolutely not foretell how it will end. It’s absolutely riveting.
The First Bad Man by Miranda July
I’ve never read a book that so perfectly details the neuroses that we are all too afraid to admit we experience. This book is weird in the most wonderful way. Don’t give up on it, read it with an open mind and you will truly come to see we all have a little Cheryl in us.