Our Spring 2021 Reading List

Our spring reading list is a smorgasbord of new releases, sprinkled in with some classic literature and spring-inspired favorites. Spring officially starts March 20, so you have plenty of time to make your way through this list of reads before summer rolls around!

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We hope you’ll join us in reading these picks, and make sure you’ve joined our Book Club to share your thoughts!

What’s Mine and Yours by Naima Coster

This is a sweeping, intimate narrative about the messiness of love and family, mothering, race and community. What’s Mine and Yours is both sprawling and personal: an exploration of many kinds of love, the repercussions of long-ago decisions, and the burdens of personal and political history. 

 

 

Milk Fed by Melissa Broder

In this dry, witty novel, Broder tells a tale of appetites: physical hunger, sexual desire, spiritual longing and the ways that we as humans can compartmentalize these so-often interdependent instincts.

Infinite Country by Patricia Engel

Rich with Bogot urban life, steeped in Andean myth and tense with the daily reality of the undocumented in America, Infinite Country is the story of two countries and one mixed-status family.

 

Let Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion

If there’s new Joan Didion work, you know we’re going to read it! This collection of mostly early pieces from 1968-2000 reveal what would become Joan Didion’s subjects, including the press, politics, California robber barons, women and her own self-doubt.

 

Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

Torrey Peters brilliantly and fearlessly navigates the most dangerous taboos around gender, sex and relationships, gifting us a thrillingly original, witty and deeply moving novel.

 

Drifts by Kate Zambreno

Drifts is an intimate portrait of reading, writing and creative obsession. At work on a novel that is overdue, the narrator grows obsessed with the challenge of writing the present tense, of capturing time itself. 

 

Milk Blood Heat by Dantiel W. Moniz

Set among the cities and suburbs of Florida, each story delves into the ordinary worlds of young girls, women and men who find themselves confronted by extraordinary moments of violent personal reckoning.

 

In Praise of Paths by Torbjørn Ekelund

An ode to paths and the journeys we take through nature, as told by a gifted writer who stopped driving and rediscovered the joys of traveling by foot. This book is a charming read, celebrating the relationship between humans and their bodies, their landscapes and one another.

 

Life of the Party: Poems by Olivia Gatwood

Known for her raw spoken poetry, Gatwood’s poetry weaves together her own coming-of-age with an investigation into our culture’s romanticization of violence against women in a way that is both vicious and exuberant.

 


Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi

An Afghan-American woman returns to Kabul to learn the truth about her family and the tragedy that destroyed their lives in this story of home, tragedy and survival, reinvention and remembrance.

 


Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen

Jane Austen is the master of spring-inspired literature through her vivid scenery and delightful tales. If you haven’t read Sense & Sensibility yet, or if it has been awhile, give this classic a read outside on a spring day.

 


How The One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones

In Baxter’s Beach, Barbados, Lala’s grandmother Wilma tells the story of the one-armed sister. It’s a cautionary tale, about what happens to girls who disobey their mothers and go into the Baxter’s Tunnels. 

 


Outlawed by Anna North

The Crucible meets True Grit in this riveting adventure story of a fugitive girl, a mysterious gang of robbers and their dangerous mission to transform the Wild West.

 


My Year Abroad by Chang-Rae Lee

Lee’s novel is an exuberant, provocative story about a young American life transformed by an unusual Asian adventure—and about the human capacities for pleasure, pain and connection.

 


The Soul of a Woman by Isabel Allende

What does it mean to be a woman today? To be safe, to be valued, to live in peace, to have their own resources, to be connected, to have control over our bodies and lives, and above all, to be loved. On all these fronts, there is much work yet to be done, and this book, Allende hopes, will “light the torches of our daughters and granddaughters with mine. They will have to live for us, as we lived for our mothers, and carry on with the work still left to be finished.”

 


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Samantha Welker is the business manager at Glitter Guide. She has an Master's in Corporate Finance & Sustainability from Harvard Business School but prefers working in the creative industry. She also hosts a weekly business podcast for creative women called Pretty Okay Podcast. She loves spending time with her husband and her son, Rocky, in sunny San Diego. Follow along on Instagram