Cozy Blanket Reads

By BookPeople

By BookPeople

Mass social distancing has us sitting on our respective couches and beds wondering what we’re going to do now that we’ve got all this time on our hands. Fortunately, we’ve taken this question into consideration and have drafted up several reading lists just for you. Today, we’re hoping to provide the proverbial stuffed animal toy/cozy blanket with reads to comfort you. What follows are reads to help you cope with solitude, celebrations of the wonders that abound in nature and life, and testaments to the uplifting power of family and friends.

 

Recommendations were made by BookPeople booksellers and with a little help from our friends outside the store.

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

Jenny Odell

$25.99 $23.39

“Reading How To Do Nothing helped reassure me I’d be mentally prepared for the notion of solitude. Our attention is needed in every direction right now, and it’s equally important for each of us to slow down. Odell’s research explores how “nothing” benefits the way we can think, reflect, heal, and sustain ourselves — ‘individually or collectively.’ Allow this book to hold your attention if you, like me, want to rest into reading and thinking while staying safe at home.” — Colore L., Community Selection

Red at the Bone

Jacqueline Woodson

$26.00 $23.40

“I know most of us were already aware of this, but my God, Jacqueline Woodson is greatness. Truly. We are witnessing GREATNESS. Red at the Bone is a gripping, masterfully crafted story focusing on three generations of a family and how their lives come together and fall apart with and without each other. Through Woodson’s powerful language, we enter the minds of these characters and hope and grieve right alongside them. The author has given us so much in these pages– love and loss, desire and ambition, light and dark, and sentences you will want to revisit time and time again.” — Eugenia V., Kids Marketing & Events Director

The Joy Luck Club

Amy Tan

$16.00 $14.72

“One of the most enriching books I’ve read to date. The Joy Luck Club chronicles the travails of four Chinese mothers and their four Chinese-American daughters. The book lends itself to each of their stories and by the end you witness the bridging across the geographic and psychic divide that’s been keeping them at a distance from each other. It’s the kind of book that gives you that sense of familial warmth when you need it most.” — Uriel P., Event Logistics Manager

Homie: Poems

Danez Smith

$16.00 $14.72

“Homie is a love letter to friendship, the push and pull of it, the give and take, the good and bad…they [Smith’s pieces] bring an incredible level of depth and craft to writing about the friends we can’t live without, the friends who are just passing through our lives, the differences that create borders between us, the things we try to make peace with so we might survive.” — Roxane Gay on Homie

Rough Magic: Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race

Lara Prior-Palmer

$25.00 $22.50

“Rough Magic is a life-affirming read that brims with a boundless sense of wonder. Here, Lara Prior-Palmer recounts her week-long trek across the punishing Mongolian steppe riding the “world’s longest and toughest horse race.” This is an adventure story just as much as its a journey of self-discovery; a candid, and often humorous, musing on nature, memory and the inescapable desire to be free. This ride feels true and gallops away with your heart.” — Uriel P., Event Logistics Manager

The Cactus League

Emily Nemens

$27.00 $24.30

“Spring Training is here for the LA Lions, bringing a cadre of players, coaches, agents and hangers on to the desert-scape of Arizona. And for nine chapter-long innings we’re taken ’round the diamond looking to get the full story on fading baseball phenom Jason Goodyear from those who know him best and those who don’t, but think they do. It’s a story that, like a season of MLB ball, unfolds incrementally, full of dramatic peaks and valleys, and, when it matters most, reveals the character of those stepping up to the plate. Emily Nemens hits it out of the park with this no-doubt, moonshot of a debut. The Cactus League brims with heart and a ferocious sense of humor!” — Uriel P., Event Logistics Manager

I Miss You When I Blink: Essays

Mary Laura Philpott

$26.00 $23.40

“Raw, funny, and truthful. I Miss You When I Blink is a down-to-Earth re-telling of everyday life and a reminder that maybe we’re all just figuring it out as we go. Its only goal is to make you feel better and you’ll find yourself revisiting anytime you wish to feel better.” — Cristina L., Events & Marketing Manager

Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver

$30.00 $27.00

"You will feel so enriched." - Uriel P., Events Logistics Manager