🎄 Happy holidays! 🎄
Before the year ends, I want to thank each and every one of you for subscribing, reading my posts and for the many ways we’ve built with each other here at Libromance. It’s been an amazing year of reading and writing, and I couldn’t have done it without your support.
And while I’m wrapping up a few things and getting ready for 2018, I wanted to share with you all my book list for December — quite a varied selection of books that have caught my attention, and a title I’ve been meaning to get into for awhile now.
When I first saw How to Reform Capitalism by The School of Life Press, I knew I had to read it for myself. I’ve been following TSoL for awhile now, and I’m a huge fan of its founder, Alain de Botton (whose books I’ve reviewed here in the blog). Living in a time when imperialism, the highest stage of capitalism, reigns, I wanted to see what the good folks over at TSoL had to say. Here’s a synopsis of the book:
As this bold essay argues, the path to a better sort of capitalism starts with a clear-eyed understanding of our emotional functioning and the workings of our psyches. What follows is nothing less than a blueprint, revolutionary yet utterly practical, for a wiser and better kind of capitalism.
Others on the list are:
The Diary of Anaïs Nin which I picked up at the Henry Miller Memorial up in Big Sur, as I figured it was about time I acquainted myself with thinker/writer, after hearing so much about her;
The Autobiography of Gucci Mane, a book about the Atlanta-based rapper whose song Wasted is one of my faves; a synopsis:
For the first time Gucci Mane tells his story in his own words. It is the captivating life of an artist who forged an unlikely path to stardom and personal rebirth. Gucci Mane began writing his memoir in a maximum-security federal prison. Released in 2016, he emerged radically transformed. He was sober, smiling, focused, and positive—a far cry from the Gucci Mane of years past;
and Louise Erdrich’s Future of the Living God, a just released title from the Native American writer. This will be my first read of the author’s work, and I’m looking forward to that; a synopsis:
A chilling dystopian novel both provocative and prescient, Future Home of the Living God is a startlingly original work from one of our most acclaimed writers: a moving meditation on female agency, self-determination, biology, and natural rights that speaks to the troubling changes of our time.
What’s on your bedside table this time?
Do share what book you’re ending the year with in the comments below!
Pia Cortez is a writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She runs a book blog called Libromance where she reviews books and publishes literary features with a queer Filipino immigrant lens. She is a contributor at Hella Pinay, an online magazine for Filipino-American women and at New Life Quarterly, a literary magazine based in Oakland, California. She is currently working on her first novel.