To wrap up National Literacy Month (September), we’ve compiled a list of the books our team is currently reading. Here are our thinkPARALLAX fall book recommendations!
Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 2: 1981-1983 by Ed Piskor. This is the second installment in a series of graphic novels that detail the story of hip hop from the early days in the 70s. The books bring to life the characters, situations and scenes that led to the birth of hip hop.
Guusje’s reading (and loving!)
Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book, The Signature of All Things, is a really beautiful. It’s a novel and it lets you travel the globe while in sitting in bed or on the couch.
Bill Bryson’s The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America is literally laugh-out-loud funny. As someone who has traveled back and forth across the country, I could commiserate as he found himself in shady lodgings or couldn’t find a decent place to eat. Bryson is keenly observant and brutally honest…but if you want to be inspired to take a cross-country road trip, this is not the book for you!
It Chooses You by Miranda July is a very interesting book of non-fiction with some beautiful photos about the author’s process of writing a screenplay, creative blocks she encounters along the way and her unusual way of searching for inspiration. It offers a very interesting perspective about the human condition and the uniqueness of life. It doesn’t have a super heavy or page-turning plot line, but it’s a very compelling peek into the lives of people that you would probably never interface with otherwise.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It’s about following your dreams and instincts.
The Circle by Dave Eggers is a chillingly realistic story about a young woman whose dream job at The Circle (a fictitious Google-esque company) turns into a nightmare as it slowly takes over her life. The story is an allegory for our current society, and how technology and our incessant need to broadcast every moment of our lives is detracting from us actually living them. Great book!
Inspired by Guusje’s Dutch background, Deborah’s reading False Flat: Why Dutch Design Is So Good by Aaron Betsky with Adam Eeuwens.
Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams; One of the best things you can do before a trip is read a book about the place you are visiting and watch it come to life before your eyes.
I’m reading Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi. It’s interesting to learn about the incredible pressure put on him by his father. One interesting anecdote was about how in 1979, his father had him play for money against football legend Jim Brown at the ripe age of 9. Brown lost all three sets!
Edison is in the middle of
The Berlin Design Guide by Stappmanns and Leipold. The book series is well written, cleverly organized, and most of all, beautifully designed!