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Mary’s Spring 2020 Reading List

At the beginning of each season, I like to share a new reading list — not only for compiling my book recommendations, but for the sake of accountability. For myself.

But first, have you ordered my book yet? Have you written a review? I’m writing my second book which is fiction, and it is so much fun. I can’t wait to share — hopefully this time next year!

I read some amazing books this winter and you can see the whole list here. Here are my favorites:

Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow

I think this book will stand out as one of the best of the decade as it recounts Farrow’s investigative journalism behind Harvey Weinstein. Some parts were incredibly triggering and I had to gloss over the details, but it’s incredible how the #MeToo movement really began.

Educated by Tara Westover

This was an incredible memoir about a woman raised in a Mormon survivalist family who ended up getting her PhD. It’s a wild story I can’t even summarize in a short blurb. Just read it.

Now, onto what I’m reading this spring!

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

This is another memoir about a woman’s abusive relationship with another woman. It has rave reviews and supposedly “casts a critical eye” over fairy tales, Star Trek, and Disney villains.

Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist by Roger Lowenstein

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been on a memoir/biography kick. 

Valerie by Sara Stridsberg

Valerie Solanas shot Andy Warhol, and this book offers a take on her life. After visiting the Warhol exhibit this winter, I didn’t realize that Andy Warhol was declared dead and then came back to life. I need to hear her side!

Sam Walton: Made in America by Sam Walton

More capitalism in fun stories!

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

The descriptions are all elusive, but from my understanding, a couple high school theater kids fall in love and somehow their teacher is involved. Hmmmm.

Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann

This won a ton of awards and is a fictional look into an American housewife’s mind.

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

It’s a letter from a son to a mother who can’t read.

Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frankl

It’s a memoir of a psychiatrist who survived Auschwitz, although his parents, brother, and pregnant wife did not. Omg.

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

From the same author as The Black Swan (one of my favorite books from business school), it’s “a blueprint for living in a Black Swan world.” 

Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

This is a bestselling business book for entrepreneurs that was recommended by Farnam Street, one of my favorite weekly newsletters. 

The Way to Love by Anthony de Mello

Meditations around loooooooove.

Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett

This was voted one of the best books of 2019 by multiple sources, and it’s about a woman whose dad committed suicide as well as some weird story about taxidermy. I’m intrigued.

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy 

I’m also a big Daily Stoic fan which recommended this. 

Ten Discoveries that Rewrote History by Patrick Hunt

Exactly as it sounds. 

The Berlin Wall: A World Divided 1961-1989 by Frederick Taylor

I’m going to Germany in the fall, and after being a complete German nerd for eight years, I’m ready to dig back in.

The Diver’s Game by Jesse Ball

It’s been awhile since I enjoyed a good dystopian novel, and this one parallels current society.

No One Cares About Crazy People by Ron Powers

All about the way mental health is (horribly) handled in America. May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

What are you reading this spring? Share with me your favorites!

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