Idle's whirlwind life is so star-studded, so wild, so unlikely that it reads like a legend written with his characteristic wit and sharp humor. He willingly bares his skeletons, but is quite glad of any opportunity to polish his trophies in front of you too. A must read for any Python fan, for anyone in need of the boost his classic song can always provide, or for those of you in the mood for something … completely different.
These days, everything truly does feel like a giant dumpster fire. Non-intersectional feminism? Trash. Being an underpaid workaholic? Trash. Relationships? Duh, garbage dump. Luckily, Phoebe Robinson shows you how to laugh through all of that. Written in her stream of consciousness style with so many damn hashtags per page they should have their own footnote, this book is relevant, witty, and #phoebulous.
Caitlin Doughty has written a book that compares all the bizarre, morbid, and fascinatingly gruesome ways that we as human beings handle death. Kicking off right here in Colorado with the nation's only open air pyre, this book is uncomfortable and entrancing — its descriptions of our treatment of the dead highlight numerous ways we approach the human condition, and how we live when others move on.
This book squeezes in every tidbit of useful information it can. Written plainly and clearly, with illustrations to help you along the way, it sparked a new eagerness for exploration in me. Though I love hiking, I never realized just how much of the land's story I was missing until I read this book. Dog-ear it, mark it up, throw it in your backpack, and haul it along on every adventure you undertake henceforth.
Brutally transparent, Beth Macy's look at the opioid epidemic sweeping America will leave you reeling and furious. She walks you through the experiences of addicts, the corporate selfishness and lack of empathy that channeled opioids into communities, and the vicious struggle of those who try to change anything for the better. Cheery? No, but given how quickly this crisis has grown and spread, a necessary read.
I've read my fair share of Norse mythology, but what makes this book so fantastic is that it's written by Neil freaking Gaiman. This means the prose is approachable while still being beautifully crafted, so it reads like one of his works of fiction. He also characterizes the gods in a way that almost makes you guilty for getting a fly-on-the-wall perspective of such mythical figures. Just read it. You know you want to.
Most books I found on lucid dreaming tended to be based in western thinking — until I came upon this one. Andrew Holecek blends the pragmatic approach of western tradition with the philosophical ideas of eastern practices. If you want to learn how to improve skills while you sleep, resolve issues with people who may not be alive, or create a dream body that transcends physical limitations, you need this book.
Writing in with a clear, often tender tone, Sarah Smarsh takes us through five generations of her family's impoverished middle American existence. She explicates the endless issues her family faced, like unsafe work conditions and lack of insurance, or the impossibility of achieving the American dream. This book challenges the myths about people who earn less, but should not be thought of as lesser.
In a prequel that would make L.M. Montgomery proud, Sarah McCoy takes us back before Anne into the life of her beloved Marilla. Taking you from when Marilla was 13 all the way through to when Anne arrives, the story quenched my thirst for the reasons neither Marilla nor Matthew married, and the tale behind Marilla's failed relationship with John Blythe. If you hold Avonlea close to your heart, read this book.