Paris to the Moon
Who can resist a guy who writes about family life in Paris with such tender-hearted grace? Sigh …
In 1995, Adam Gopnik, his wife, and their infant son left the familiar comforts and hassles of New York City for the urbane glamour of the City of Light. Gopnik is a longtime New Yorker writer, and the magazine has sent its writers to Paris for decades–but his was above all a personal pilgrimage to the place that had for so long been the undisputed capital of everything cultural and beautiful. It was also the opportunity to raise a child who would know what it was to romp in the Luxembourg Gardens, to enjoy a croque monsieur in a Left Bank café–a child (and perhaps a father, too) who would have a grasp of that Parisian sense of style we Americans find so elusive.
A Little Love Story
Kira on Team RIF dares any reader to read this book and not get hit with a ginormous Author Crush on Roland Merullo. Her husband succumbed, too. It is, quite simply, one of the very best love stories ever written – and from the perspective of a guy’s guy. Brilliant.
In A Little Love Story, a bright, witty aide to the governor of Massachusetts, but Janet suffers from an illness that makes her, as she puts it, “not exactly a good long-term investment.” After meeting by accident late one night, they begin a love affair filled with humor, startling intimacy, and a deep, abiding connection.
Youngme Moon’s voice is completely unusual in the business world. She embodies everything her book encourages us to be. She is truly different.
Different is like a personal conversation with a friend who has thought deeply about how the world works … and who gets you to see that world in a completely new light. Youngme Moon’s message is simply “Get off this treadmill that’s taking you nowhere. Going tit for tat and adding features, augmentations, and gimmicks to beat the competition has the perverse result of making you like everyone else.”
The Fault in Our Stars
John Green is pretty darn adorable. Even if you haven’t read The Fault in Our Stars (or seen the movie), you should check out the online video series he does with his brother. Here’s a guy who knows how to talk to tweens + teens without talking down to them.
In The Fault in Our Stars, despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Selected Poetry of Lord Byron
Lord George G. Byron
Let’s put it this way: if Lord Byron were alive today, he’d have his own reality TV series. Drop him into any Housewives franchise and we’d see the ladies swoon and the ratings soar. What a scoundrel!
To the nineteenth-century reader, George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824), was the archetype of the Romantic literary hero, a figure admired and emulated as much for the revolutionary panache with which he lived his life as the brio and allure of his verse. Our century has seen him more clearly as a poet whose intellectual toughness, satiric gifts, and utter inability to be boring have made him one of the great comic spirits in our literature.
There’s the band crush, the Hollywood crush, the “character I’d marry if I could” crush (hello, Mr. Darcy), and then there’s the Author Crush. This one’s big. Because it’s not his hair or his voice or the way he swashbuckles across the big screen that gets you. It’s the way he writes. It makes you all weak in the knees at his book signing when it’s your turn to get an autograph. It makes you pre-order his new novel six months in advance. It makes you stalk him across the internet (in a good way). And, best of all, you can curl up in bed with him (ahem, with his book) and pretend he’s all yours.
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