The sweater weather has us retreating indoors, burying ourselves in several tons of knitwear and blankets, and cozying up to a good book. In today’s roundup, we have our top 5 September reads to share with your vinas. From your right-brain bestie who sees the world through the lens of social psych to your visually-inspired vina who collects coffee table books, we have a book recommendation for every vina in your life:
1. FOR VINAS WITH MUSICAL THEATRE IN THEIR STEP: STREISAND – IN THE CAMERA EYE
If you were a musical theatre and retro film nerd (like moi), this stunning coffee table book is a must-have for Barbra Steisand fans everywhere. With portraits from her early days on Broadway to The Way We Were, each turn of the page is one glamorous photograph after another, anchored with seven essays on the performer’s adult life by the author James Spada. Funny Girls and coffee tables everywhere will enjoy this book.
2. FOR YOUR WORKPLACE WARRIOR VINA: FEMINIST FIGHT CLUB
Journalist and author Jessica Bennett thinks that the workplace is like Fight Club – without the actual ringside fighting. She dedicates an entire book to highlight the common experience of women gathering together to vent sexist job frustrations and trade secrets on how to conquer them. Part anecdote, part hard-hitting research, part no BS expert advice, Feminist Fight Club coins a new vocabulary to describe the types of workplace bullies who keep smart, hard-working women down: from the Bropropriator to Manterrupter. Funny, factual, and functional, it’s an essential read for all women in any stage of their career.
3. FOR BABE POETS SOCIETY VINAS: NEJMA
Nayyirah Waheed can be defined as a contemporary Neruda, but she is in a league of her own. Poetry marked by few words, Nejma (Arabic for “star”) can be the perfect retreat into a remarkable and intimate haven between pages. Give this delightful pocket read to a vina who can benefit from some literary healing and self love. The best evidence of the brilliance of her poetry is her poetry itself: “when i am afraid to speak / is when i speak / that is when it is most important”.
4. FOR THE ARTIST VINA WITH A BIG IMAGINATION: MONSTRESS, VOL. 1
At VINA HQ, we have our fair share of nerd culture lovers with a deep love for graphic novels. Therefore, reading and reviewing Marjorie Liu’s most recent work was a major vina crush moment. As an acclaimed New York Times author, Marvel comic book writer, and MIT lecturer, Liu’s newest graphic novel is set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia. If that alone doesn’t sell you on the series, the first volume is undoubtedly confident in its storytelling and visually stunning.
What’s your favorite book of September? Sharing is caring, vinas.
(Featured image via @sweptawaybybooks)