Malcolm Gladwell chases whatever economic curiosity tickles his fancy. Sometimes it’s the birth month of hockey players. Sometimes it’s the story of David and Goliath. Sometimes it’s how it took both Bill Gates and The Beatles 10,000 hours to achieve mastery over their crafts. Whatever it is, it’s always fascinating.
Independent booksellers are the best book curators out there, so each month we’re going to highlight what our friends at indie bookstores are reading (and listening to). Here’s what Robert, Alex, Lizzie, Emily, Pete, Kevin and Elaine are recommending right now.
The best book club selections foster discussion, whether it’s for their beauty, their complex characters and plots, or their place in our cultural landscape. From books by David Foster Wallace to Bill O’Reilly, spanning topics from Martin Luther King, Jr., to the Salem witch trials, fast-paced thrillers to humorous essays, these books are sure to get your book club talking.
Roxane Gay discusses everything from hip hop to Sweet Valley High in this collection of essays on the politcs of race and gender in America. Written openly and honestly with wit and sincerity, each essay is a gem.