A Few Good Books To Pick Up This Year

For the smelly people in your life: The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems – Dude. This pigeon really needs a bath.

For those who like to poke fun at Jews: To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris – Joshua Ferris’s most recent novel–about a baseball-obsessed dentist grappling with his own existential relevance (it’s funny, we promise).

For beefing up your online-dating profile: Dataclysm by Christian Rudder – Why are North Dakotans more sexually liberated than New Yorkers? What’s a black man least likely to say in his profile? This fascinating nonfiction book from the founder of OkCupid explores the science behind the online-dating universe.

To inspire you: #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso – This memoir cum business manual tells how one woman started her own $100 million 350-employee company from scratch. Consider it your motivation to finally open that taco truck.

For the smart book club: Casebook by Mona Simpson – This book is devastating, but there’s soooo much to talk about. The basic crux: A young boy turned “amateur detective” decides to investigate his parents’ marriage–and stumbles upon information that makes him wish he hadn’t.

For finally getting world politics: World Order by Henry Kissinger – The Arab Spring. The Ukrainian uprising. Whatever the F is going on Scotland. Perhaps no one is better poised to explain the global landscape than former secretary of state and national security adviser Henry Kissinger. Read it to feel real smart about the news.

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