By Charlotte Hope-Shannon
During a time when fiction appears more normal than our current Covid reality, reading has never been more important. Reading a book is good for your mental health and one of the easiest ways to start a socially-distanced conversation with your friends!
To celebrate National Author’s Day on November 1st, we’ve curated a list of our editor’s favourite reads for this month. And, we would love for you all to get involved too! So we are starting KeiSei’s book club, to join us you just have to sign up here!
From a poignant memoir, to a modern American lyric, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this month.
Charlotte’s pick – Fashion & Beauty Editor Contributor
Winner of the Forward Prize for best collection and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry, Claudia Rankine finds new ways to talk about race.
Through prose, poetry and imagery, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of race in our ostensibly ‘post-race’ society.
Kindle Version: Citizen: An American Lyric
Valentine’s pick – Lifestyle Editor Contributor
The perfect anecdote to adult life, Grown Ups gives a comedic yet realistic insight into adulthood through the entanglement of family life. One careless remark at a birthday party, with the entire family present, and secrets start to spill out! In the subsequent unravelling, every one of the adults finds themselves wondering if it’s time – finally – to grow up?
Kindle Version: Grown Ups
Lola’s Pick – Fashion Editor Contributor
Fashionopolis is the definitive book on the cost of fast fashion, and a blueprint for how we get to a more sustainable future.
Journalist Dana Thomas has travelled the globe to find the answers. In Fashionopolis, she details the damage wrought by fashion’s behemoths, and celebrates the visionaries fighting for change. We all have been casual about our clothes.
It’s time to get dressed with intention. Fashionopolis is the first comprehensive look at how to start.
Kindle Version: Fashionopolis
Bibiana’s Pick – Beauty Editor Contributor
A timely investigation into the forces that are driving innovation in the four core areas of human experience: birth, food, sex, and death. In the end, it asks a simple question: are we about to change what it means to be human?
Kacie’s Pick – KeiSei’s Lifestyle Editor Contributor
Becoming is the memoir of former United States first lady Michelle Obama. Described by Obama as a deeply personal experience, the book talks about her roots and how she found her voice, as well as her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother.
Kindle Version: Becoming
Miko’s Pick – KeiSei’s Lifestyle Editor Contributor
Harper Lee often considered her book a ‘simple love story’. However, it’s now considered a classic of modern American literature. To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming-of-age story, taking readers to the depths of human behaviour. It’s an anti-racist novel, a historical drama of the Great Depression and an inspiring example of the Southern writing tradition.
Kindle Version: To Kill A Mockingbird
KeiSei Readers’ National Author’s Day Recommendations
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We hope you are inspired by our editor’s picks for this year’s National Author’s day! Whether it’s a true modern classic or a form of comedic relief, reading is a real form of escapism. We hope this month’s picks will inspire you to try something new and join our new book club community!
We can’t wait to hear what you’ll be reading next month!