What makes a great self-isolation read? A poignant page-turner, gripping thriller or inspiring new wellness tome? Possibly all three as we are holed-up at home for the foreseeable future.
nuut’s rounded up some favourite books that are guaranteed to keep you curious, inspired and entertained.
Shake-a-nuut, sink-into-bed and read.
Godshot by Chelsea Bieker
Apart from loving its fabulous cover art, we adore this book for its grit, humour and heart. A novel about female friendship and resilience, mother-loss and motherhood, it’s a must-read.
Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
A finely observed exploration of marriage, divorce, and the bewildering dynamics of ambition, this story follows the new single life of Toby Fleishman. Doctor by day, kids every other weekend, rabid somewhat anonymous sex at night, his life is interrupted when his ex-wife suddenly disappears. Dark, funny and absolutely page-turning.
The Fast800 Diet: Discover the Ideal Fasting Formula to Shed Pounds, Fight Disease, and Boost Your Overall Health by Dr Michael Mosley.
It’s here! An even more effective and easier to follow diet plan designed to reap maximum fasting benefits. Built around an 800-calorie fasting, Dr. Mosley’s latest powerful three-phase program is designed to supercharge weight loss and fast-track a healthier life. And wait until you see all the new recipes!
Verge by Lidia Yuknavitch
A sharp collection of short stories about characters who are innocent, imperfect, wise and endangered, Verge is clear-eyed yet inspiring, and challenges us with moments of uncomfortable truth. A must-read.
Our House Is on Fire by Greta Thunberg
When climate activist Greta Thunberg was eleven, her parents Malena and Svante, and sister Beata, were facing a crisis in their own home. Greta had stopped eating and speaking, and her mother and father had reconfigured their lives to care for her. Desperate and searching for answers, her parents discovered what was at the heart of Greta’s distress: her imperilled future on a rapidly heating planet. Brilliant.
The Weekend by Charlotte Wood
Four older women have a lifelong friendship of the best kind: loving, practical, frank and steadfast. But when Sylvie dies, the ground shifts dangerously for the remaining three. Can they survive together without her? A fabulous exploration of growing old and growing up, and what happens when we're forced to uncover the lies we tell ourselves. Super funny and very poignant, we read it in one sitting. It’s that good.
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, Kimmerer shows how other living things ― strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass ― offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world.
Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts By Jennie Allen
Are your thoughts holding you captive? I’ll never be good enough. Other people have better lives than I do. Jennie Allen knows what it’s like to swirl in a spiral of destructive thoughts, but she also knows we don’t have to stay stuck in toxic thinking patterns. Be prepared to be inspired to transform your emotions, outlook, and even circumstances by taking control of our thoughts. We’re in.
Ninth Street Women by Mary Gabriel
A look at the women who changed American art and society, tearing up the prevailing social code and replacing it with a doctrine of liberation. A remarkable story of the power of art and artists in shaping not just post-war America, but the future. Super-inspiring.
Face It by Debbie Harry
Musician, actress, muse, and icon, the breadth of Debbie Harry’s impact on our culture has been matched by her almost Sphinx-like reticence about her inner life. In Face It, she invites us into the complexity of who she is and how her life and career have played out over the last seven decades. Includes lots of fabulous photos too. Read with Heart of Glass turned right up.
All Adults Here by Emma Straub
When Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident in the centre of town, it jostles loose a repressed memory from her young parenting days decades earlier. Suddenly, Astrid realises she was not quite the parent she thought she'd been to her three, now-grown children. But to what consequence? Author Emma Straub's unique alchemy of wisdom, humour, and insight come together in a deeply satisfying story about adult siblings, ageing parents, high school boyfriends, middle school mean girls, the lifelong effects of birth order, and all the other things that follow us into adulthood, whether we like them to or not.
You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Written by the co-authors of The Wife between Us and An Anonymous Girl, this addictive thriller follows Shay Miller on her quest for elusive love and escape from her increasingly lonely life. When she meets the Moore sisters who live a life of glamorous perfection, everything seems to get better. Or does it? A completely thrilling book – the sort that’s best read in one sitting.