Amanda Gates

Books for My Birthday

My mother-in-law is always very generous on my birthday (all year round, actually), sweeping through my Amazon wish list. Here's what she bought me this year:

Blue Nights, by Joan Didion: While I know it won't be uplifting, I absolutely loved The Year of Magical Thinking. I'm intrigued to hear about the rest of the story. She's suffered so much loss and to just put it out there like that, well, that's inspiring.

The Zygote Chronicals, by Suzanne Finnamore: I know several people who have read and LOVED, so I'm anxious to read this short piece, and maybe try out one of her other books.

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing & Life, by Anne Lamott: Ever since college, I've known this is a must-read book for writers. So, why haven't I read it yet? I have no excuses. My friend Katie recently read this (as well as the previous) and enjoyed it. I take all her recommendations very seriously.

The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth, by Alexandra Robbins: I read and loved Pledged and The Overachievers. Robbins has a great voice and writing style, throwing in experts and studies with real life conversations and situations. I love that this book gives a voice to high school students who find themselves on the "cafeteria fringe."

Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five, by John Medina: This book sounds good, but we'll see, almost two years into parenting, how much I nod my head at and how much I shake my head at. Because at 20 months, our kid seems super smart and happy already; it'll be interesting, nonetheless!

Safekeeping: Some True Stories from Life, by Abigail Thomas: I read A Three Dog Life by Thomas about her struggle after her husband gets in a horrible accident. It was quite moving, so I was intrigued by this book as well.

Is Everbody Hanging Out Without Me?, by Mindy Kaling: When I was going through a rough time in the spring, my husband bought me Bossypants. It was perfect - light and funny. Well, I had another rough experience a couple weeks ago and my best friends bought me this book. I can't wait to get started!

Archives: Birthday Books 2009, 2008, 2007


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