Happy Friday, friends. I hope you’re safe and well this weekend. This weekend I’m spending a few days in the woods for a much-needed time away from my house and the internet, though it’s been so long since I left my neighborhood I imagine it will feel pretty strange to do so.
My favorite finds from around the web plus a few favorite things:
- 24 New and Forthcoming Books That Celebrate Black Lives. Such a great list! I adored The Vanishing Half and am eager to read Zora Neale Hurston’s Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick and Brandy Colbert’s The Voting Booth soon. I have them both downloaded (on audio and e-reader, respectively) and can’t wait to dig in.
- What Is an Anti-Racist Reading List For? “The books are there, they’ve always been there, yet the lists keep coming, bathing us in the pleasure of a recommendation. But that’s the thing about the reading. It has to be done.”
- A Week of Outfits: Rebekah Taussig. I have long enjoyed following Rebekah on Instagram and I’m really looking forward to reading her book Sitting Pretty: The View From My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body when it comes out this August.
- Now that my teens have figured out how to make their favorite coffee shop drinks at home we’re going through massive amounts of our favorite cold brew coffee.
- We need to talk about the list. The New York Times Bestseller List, that is. These stats are grim.
- Don’t Just Read About Racism—Read Stories About Black People Living. “Everyone wants to learn more about American race relations. Everyone wants to know how to be and what to do now. How to fix it. And that’s really great. But I can’t help but wonder how different the world would look if we’d all grown up seeing Black people do the stuff white people did in books. Going on adventures. Saving the day. Falling in love. Solving mysteries.”
- Debut Novel Finds Resilience in Reading Jane Austen. Great interview with Natalie Jenner. The Jane Austen Society is a 2020 Summer Reading Guide pick and our August MMD Book Club selection.
- This week I restocked this favorite drugstore cleanser. We go through A TON of personal care items at my house (thanks to myself, two teens and one almost-teen); if you have beloved drugstore products I’d love to hear about them in comments!
- One young black chef on what food media needs right now. “In the grand scheme of things, anyone can write about any topic. But the fact that the recipes and culture of many people of color aren’t widely taught, it’s hard to write about things most people haven’t been taught about.”
- These Portuguese Libraries Are Infested With Bats—and They Like It That Way. On the one hand, bats! (SHUDDER.) On the other hand, this makes a lot of sense.
- Your Hands Are Your Greatest Kitchen Utensil. “When we cook with our hands, we become more attuned to the intricacies of cooking, but our food is changed by its contact with us as well.”
Don’t miss these posts:
- Let’s reinvent the romantic comedy. If you love a book that guarantees a happy ending, gives you the funny with the sad, has emotional depth, and makes the reading experience fun, this list might be exactly what your TBR needs. (I wasn’t expecting this topic to come up during this week’s Stay at Home Book Tour chat with Abby Jimenez but I’m so glad it did!)
- The life-changing magic of tidying up, six months later. It’s one thing to read a book and another thing to actually implement its advice.
Have a great weekend!