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Reading list: October

Good jeans, good food, good style and good reads

Good jeans, good food, good style and good reads

Reading list: October

Hope Voelkel

There are few things sweeter than a fall day, a blanket on a porch and a good book. Here's what we've been cozying up to this month. ~hope

The Long of It (Books)

Nine Days: Dan Baum [nonfiction]

Like most folks, I was watching the impact of Hurricane Katrina from afar. Since moving to New Orleans, I've had so many conversations with locals who bring it up as if it happened last week. The still-raw wound of it surprised me. Baum's book not only served to introduce me to my new city in a deeper way, but it also gave me new eyes for the impact of Katrina emotionally and physically.

You Should Pity Us Instead: Amy Gustine [fiction: short stories]

I'm a sucker for a good story collection. Each story is its own little world and I can read them in one sitting.

The Heart is a Muscle the Size of Your Fist: Sunil Yappa [fiction: novel]

Sometimes fiction teaches me the most about history. Yappa's novel takes place in 1999 during the World Trade Organization protests in Seattle. The story is told through several (very different) points of view and just when I'd be ready to label someone a villain, I'd learn a little more about their story and find it wasn't so black and white.

The Short of It (Articles)

I Used to be a Human Being: Andrew Sullivan

But just as modern street lighting has slowly blotted the stars from the visible skies, so too have cars and planes and factories and flickering digital screens combined to rob us of a silence that was previously regarded as integral to the health of the human imagination.

How I Moved on From My "What Not to Wear" Style : Stacy London

When I look back, I realize the style I had while I was on What Not to Wear — the pencil skirts and sheath dresses, the floral and ruffled tops — does not reflect who I am now. It reflects the television persona I gave up a long time ago. It no longer “fits.” (Pun intended.)

What American Culture Gets Wrong about Failure: Bene Cipolla

To fail “better” requires patience, with yourself and with the world that insists on telling you success is around the corner. Firestein says that failure can be an end in itself, in that it forces us to live with the unknown—the place where true creativity often resides.