As the temperatures start dropping and the leaves change color, we here at Clementine Daily look forward to spending some time on a bench under a yellowing tree with a new book in hand and some black tea in tow. In celebration those bookish, autumn moments that we cherish, we’d like to share with you a list of works that we’ve been stacking on our desks, waiting for the first crisp day finally be able to crack one open.
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel - A recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Grant for her powerfully evocative storytelling, Alison Bechdel is not a cartoonist—or author, for that matter—to be overlooked. Fun Home is a memoir of Bechdel grappling with the relationships among herself and her family, sexuality, and adolescence. The memoir’s form as a graphic novel gives it a particularly fresh feel for those of us used to reading novels, in fact, it gives us the sense that we are closer to her. Although it first was published nine years ago, Fun Home had a big year in 2015; the musical version of Bechdel’s piece hit Broadway, and it won one of the highest honors at the Tony Awards.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander Fall marks the return for some to school, a place that pushes its students to think out of their comfort zone in order to broaden their perspectives on a subject. But why limit this to students? The New Jim Crow is a book that must be read by every American because it shows how commonly held beliefs of today—that we are in an age of “colorblindness,” for example—is actually not the case. Alexander then explains how in fact racial discrimination strongly pervades through our criminal justice system. This book is worth the discomfort it may bring, because it talks about an important contemporary problem that can no longer go neglected.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo We’ve been dying to get our hands on this book and devour its contents ever since we heard about it. Kondo has managed to encapsulate in 200 pages what it takes many, many years (or never) for us to figure out. With sections on ideas such as “discarding” and “storing,” this book is sure to give you the inspiration to make a life-long habit out of keeping your home—and ultimately your life—simple.
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari - We all know Aziz Ansari either from his witty and pointed stand-up or his amazing role as Tom Haverford on Parks and Recreation. But with Modern Romance, he’s bringing something new to the table. Unlike other funny people who have written memoirs or a series of personal essays, Ansari teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg to produce an extremely funny but informative work on the trends and trials of dating in the twenty-first century. Suffice it to say, we’re really looking forward to this one.
Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed - The beloved author of Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things and Torch is releasing a book of quotes from the books and essays she has written and various talks she has given. We are not-so-secret fans of Strayed (and not-so-secret fans of inspiring quotes), and believe this line from the Introduction perfectly summarizes why we know this will be on our daily rotation "For every quote in this book imploring you to accept and forgive and be brave (enough), to be kind and grateful and honest, to be generous and bold, I'm imploring myself to do the same." It is safe to say you will be seeing these pearls of wisdom gracing the pages of Clementine Daily very soon!