You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein
In this hilarious collection of personal essays from Jessi Klein, writer for Inside Amy Schumer, Transparent, and Saturday Night Live, Klein brings her readers tales of growing up and standing out. Amazon describes Klein’s book; ” Klein offers-through an incisive collection of real-life stories-a relentlessly funny yet poignant take on a variety of topics she has experienced along her strange journey to womanhood and beyond.”
I’m Supposed to Protect You From All This by Nadja Spiegelman
Spiegelman’s memoir centers on her relationship with her mother, The New Yorker art director Francoise Mouly. With a tour-de-force for a mother, and Maus creator Art Spiegelman for her father, Nadja’s member explores her mother’s turbulent history and how it shaped the woman she knew as her mother. And then, on a journey of self-exploration, Nadja finds her grandmother’s account of her mother’s childhood differs, and finds she too has a history to share. Spiegelman’s work is sure to offer a poignant look at the complicated layers every mother and daughter share in their relationship.
Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud by Elizabeth Greenwood
We’ve all thought about it. What would it be like to escape the drum of our everyday lives, escape the crippling debt most Americans have found themselves necessarily weighted under. Greenwood explores if it’s still possible to indeed fake your own death and escape your life in the 21st century. Her investigative look into those who have succeeded in this feat, along with what it would take to accomplish such a task is bizarrely fascinating and is bound to capture your interest. But before you start, ask yourself what it would take for you to drop everything you’ve ever known and loved, and forge a new identity?
The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing
Olivia Lang was in her thirties, divorced, and recent inhabitant of New York City when she faced the inevitable loneliness we’ve all felt at some point in our lives. To cope, Lang began to explore the city through art and makes some self-discoveries about morality and loneliness, sexuality, and more that reveal what it is to be human and what it is to be alone in a world where even when everyone is plugged in, we’re not really there.