Lulu-aide

When Life Gives You Lululemons is Lauren Weisberger’s sequel to  The Devil Wears Prada where Emily is juggling career, marriage and motherhood – fashionably, of course,  but with angst as an ever present accessory. A great summer read.  So Suzy Says.

Matilda of Yore

Matilda Empress is historical fiction at its best. Lisa Arin  illuminates the  history of the early English monarchs, while exploring what is at stake when a strong woman at the center of great upheaval refuses to play by the rules laid out for her. So Suzy Says.

Trees & Apples

In Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity Andrew Solomon writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, or multiple severe disabilities; with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. An extraordinary book about extraordinary families. So Suzy Says.   

RBG

RBG.  about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who at 84 years young remains on the Supreme Court,  is an amazing documentary about an amazing woman. Now in theatres.  So Suzy Says.    

Rise & Fall

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup  by John Carreyrou tells the story of Theranos’ rise as an innovative, tech darling through its unraveling when the science behind its premise was revealed as a fraud.  Riveting. So Suzy Says.     

Marriage

A timely tale about love, race and the forces that support and undermine a marriage.  It’s clear why  An American Marriage: A Novel by Tayari Jones  is part of Oprah’s2018 Book Club. Engaging and provocative.  So Suzy Says.   

Staycation Salvation

100 Things to Do in Los Angeles Before You Die, 2nd Edition by Danny Jensen  and Carrie Kim will make your next staycation feel like a real vacation.  So Suzy Says.

Doggie Dreams

I Dreamed I Was A Dog  is  Joel Nakamura‘s exquisitely illustrated story about a young boy who dreams he is a dog. The boy’s canine adventure is populated by a wide swath of animal and as the adventure unfolds, we learn about the connection between all creatures in the vastness of the universe.  A great bedtime read … Continue Reading

Sex Talk

The Sex Issue: Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know about Sexuality, Seduction, and Desire by The Editors of GOOP with a forward by Gwyneth Paltrow is an informative and wide-ranging resource on an important topic we don’t address honestly and openly often enough.  Honest, judgement-free and useful. So Suzy Says.     

Poetry

Salt Water, Brianna Wiest’s debut poetry book, edited by Thought Catalog  is filled with graceful prose that examine the self from a variety of perspectives.  Wiest’s artful works  illustrates how healing helps us to actualize our potential and connect us to the universe.  A soulful read. So Suzy Says.

Daily Wisdom

The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman  offers readers 366 days of Stoic insights and exercises, plus pithy quotes.  Start each day wisely.  So Suzy Says. 

Mrs. Churchill

Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell  is an engaging  biography of Winston Churchill’s wife, confidante, critic and advisor.  It’s a long over due homage to the woman who stood by Winston’ Churchill’s side for 57 years and who helped win WWII.  I just finished and highly recommend it. So Suzy Says. 

Eunice

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist  Eileen McNamara‘s Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World brings the founder of the Special Olympics’ story out of her brothers’ shadow and shines a light on her achievements.  I’m excited to read this inspiring story.  So Suzy Says.

Brain Food

Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life by Max Lugavere and Paul Grewal M.D. will show you how to change the way your brain ages, by changing your diet.  Fuel your brain.  So Suzy Says.

Persuasive

 Meg Wolitzer’s latest, The Female Persuasion is a heartfelt, page turner about Greer Kadetsky who, after being groped at a frat party, discovers her  personal, persuasive power.  Timely. So Suzy Says.    

Thorny Salvation

The Thorn Necklace: Healing Through Writing and the Creative Process by Francesca Lia Block with a forward by  Grant Faulkner is a memoir of healing through writing.  Inspiring – and doable.  So Suzy Says. 

Tangiers Thriller

Tangerine: A Novel is  Christine Mangan’s taught thriller about friendship, love and loss set in Tangiers.  A great page turner.  So Suzy Says.

Enlightenment

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker is an elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, that beseeches us to ignore the headlines and prophecies of doom and follow the data. Through graphs and prose Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise … Continue Reading

Survive and Learn

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover is her riveting account of how Westover left her survivalist family who kept her out of school and went on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University. Wow. So Suzy Says. 

Heal

Heal Documentary: Change Your Mind. Change Your Body. Change Your Life directed by  Kelly Noonan Gores  features Deepak Chopra MD  and Dr. Michael Beckwith explores the impact that our thoughts, beliefs, and emotions have  on our health and ability to heal.  Thank you, Susie Sheinberg for turning me onto this fascinating scientific journey.  Great Spring Break reading.  So Suzy Says.