Winter in NYC is in full swing and that means that I am officially devouring library books by the truckload. There is so much great literature out there that it sometimes makes it tough to sift through and find those gems that you can’t put down. As always, here is what’s on my reading list for the upcoming month. And also, as always, feel free to reach out with questions about any of the books that I’ve finished from past months’ reading lists. Happy book devouring!
Art on the Block – I’m a bit of a modern art nut, and this nonfiction work traces various New York City art movements through their past fifty years in this great city, and illuminates not only the impact that the city has had on contemporary art, but how art, in turn, has shaped areas within this vast city.
Wherever You Go, There You Are – Meditation has been something that I’ve immersed myself in this past year, and it’s high time that I dug into this work on the craft of being mindful. This book detaches the spiritual, which can be quite intimidating and even off-putting to new meditators, and focuses on the practical applications of this age-old practice.
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley – Full disclosure: I’ve already started this book and I am knee-deep in loving it. The premise of this novel is the twelve bullet holes that riddle the body of Samuel Hawley and the story behind each one. This eventually weaves back into present day, where Hawley is raising a teenage daughter as a single parent, and yet remains haunted by these demons from his past.
Walk Through Walls: A Memoir – One of the most avant garde and thought-provoking artists of our time, Marina Abramovic is someone who has defied boundaries throughout her continent-spanning career. This memoir delves into her stories while growing up in Yugoslavia and follows her through Europe and into the United States as her career continued to grow and take off.
Netherland – A beautifully imagined novel that touches on the theme of the immigrant experience that is so particularly relevant in this moment. Netherland takes place in post-9/11 NYC, where a Dutch immigrant discovers the game of cricket, and through it, a new connection to the place he calls home.
Gold Fame Citrus – Set in a futuristic version of California where a drought has changed the landscape of this country as we know it, this novel delves into crafting an existence in a shifting and unknown landscape. I’m looking forward to using my mind to imagine the environmental impact that a water shortage can have on the minute-to-minute lives of everyone around us.