FAV BOOKS THIS YEAR:
 
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tiny beautiful things - Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl is the best advice-giver known to man/woman-kind. Do you like honesty? Do you like people who tell it like it is because they trust that you are strong enough to handle the truth? Do you like psychology? Do you like hearing people's deepest, darkest, dirtiest secrets? Do you empathize and connect with people who feel like they're shit out of luck? Read this book.
"The best thing you can do with your life is to tackle the motherfucking shit out of it." -Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things

 

 
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it chooses you - Miranda July

Miranda July is a special woman. She does it all: performance art, acting, writing, etc. I appreciate her immense interest in getting to know strangers and things that are foreign to her. She is usually scared as hell, but she continuously walks through the fire. In this book, she meets a bunch of strangers and interviews them. Sometimes it's weird, sometimes it's boring, sometimes it's beautiful, and sometimes it makes you cry.
note: book contains incredible photography by Brigitte Sire
"It occurred to me that everyone's story matters to themselves, so the more I listened, the more she wanted to talk." -Miranda July, It Chooses You
 
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the first bad man - Miranda July

Here we go with Miranda again. This novel was a roller coaster ride. Dark (pitch black) humor, explores anxiety, dissociation, sexuality, fantasy and violence, is equally disgusting and hilarious. It's wacky, but it's fun. Once I accepted the weirdness, I fell in love with the characters and even identified with them.
"Then I realized that we all think we might be terrible people. But we only reveal this before we ask someone to love us. It is a kind of undressing." - Miranda July, The First Bad Man
 
 
 

not that kind of girl - Lena Dunham

This book is strange and so is Lena Dunham. She's another woman, like Miranda July, who does it all: writer, actor, producer, director, etc. I enjoy getting wrapped up in her honesty, humor, and self-deprecation. It was fun to learn about her inner-workings. I like that she's an activist. I like how she holds women up and is consistently true to herself.
"Barbie is disfigured. It's fine to play with her just as long as you keep that in mind." -Lena Dunham, Not That Kind of Girl

 

 

no one belongs here more than you - Miranda July

I love these short stories. As usual, she hits me with a range of the feels. She explores loneliness, repression, and sex. I had a pit in my stomach during the best story of the book, "Something That Needs Nothing." 
"Would she understand that time had stopped while she was gone?" -Miranda July, No One Belongs Here More Than You"