The new year often brings a desire to do things differently, whether it’s shifting careers, building new relationships, or even rearranging your everyday routine. Whatever you embark on this year, do some research first. This month, Chelsea Bauer, book buyer at Union Ave Books, has a few suggestions for your next new read.
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell
An excellent read to start off your 2023. Jenny Odell writes compellingly about technology, capitalism, and the weird cultural obsession we have with The Grind. It will make you question what your time and attention is worth.
Inciting Joy by Ross Gay
Ross Gay is an incredible poet and writer, and his latest book of essays did not disappoint. Gay thrives in the world of emotions, and this book is all about joy — the power of joy to connect, to heal, and to promote introspection. If you are not familiar with Ross Gay, I cannot recommend him highly enough.
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
I think this collection of advice columns should be required reading. Cheryl Strayed is big-hearted, both empathetic and pragmatic. And she writes beautifully. I am sure that every reader will find a nugget of wisdom in this book that will knock their socks off.
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