Christina Reynolds's Top Book Recommendations

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Bea Schumacher is a devastatingly stylish plus-size fashion blogger who has amazing friends, a devoted family, legions of Insta followers--and a massively broken heart. Like the rest of America, Bea indulges in her weekly obsession: the hit reality show Main Squeeze. The fantasy dates! The kiss-off rejections! The surprising amount of guys named Chad! But Bea is sick and tired of the lack of body diversity on the show. Since when is being a size zero a prerequisite for getting engaged on television?

Just when Bea has sworn off...
Recommended by Christina Reynolds, and 1 others.

Christina Reynolds@_ksl Same to you, sister. And I cannot WAIT for this book. (Also I love the cover!) (Source)

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From Jo Piazza, the bestselling author of The Knock Off, How to Be Married, and Fitness Junkie, comes an exciting, insightful novel about what happens when a woman wants it all—political power, a happy marriage, and happiness—but isn’t sure just how much she’s willing to sacrifice to get it.

Charlotte Walsh is running for Senate in the most important race in the country during a midterm election that will decide the balance of power in Congress. Still reeling from a presidential election that shocked and divided the country and inspired by the chance to make a...
Recommended by Christina Reynolds, and 1 others.

Christina ReynoldsThanks to the delightful @jopiazza and her fantastic "Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win" book, I get to do a panel. In a book store. To talk about women running for office. This might be my most on-brand work event ever. Come and join us! (Source)

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The struggle to perform well is universal: each one of us faces fatigue, limited resources, and imperfect abilities in whatever we do. But nowhere is this drive to do better more important than in medicine, where lives are on the line with every decision. In his new book, Atul Gawande explores how doctors strive to close the gap between best intentions and best performance in the face of obstacles that sometimes seem insurmountable. Gawande's gripping stories of diligence, ingenuity, and what it means to do right by people take us to battlefield surgical tents in Iraq, to labor and delivery... more
Recommended by Christina Reynolds, Elad Yom-Tov, and 2 others.

Christina ReynoldsInteresting book on medicine with broader applications for all of us. (Source)

Elad Yom-TovHe has a way of explaining the medical world in a manner that is both compassionate but also very much data driven. (Source)

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Run for Something

A Real-Talk Guide to Fixing the System Yourself

The must-have guide for young progressives looking to run for local office, complete with contributions from elected officials and political operatives.

You’ve been depressed since the night of November 8, 2016. You wore black to work the next morning. You berated yourself for your complacency during the Obama years. You ranted on Twitter. You deleted Twitter. You sent emails to your friends saying, “How can we get more involved?” You listened to Pod Save America. You knit­ted a pussyhat. You showed up to the Women’s March on Washington. You protested Donald Trump’s...
Recommended by Christina Reynolds, and 1 others.

Christina ReynoldsIf you're looking to run for office, @amandalitman has a great book for you! (Source)

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Evvie Drake Starts Over

In a small town in Maine, recently widowed Eveleth "Evvie" Drake rarely leaves her house. Everyone in town, including her best friend, Andy, thinks grief keeps her locked inside, and she doesn't correct them.

In New York, Dean Tenney, former major-league pitcher and Andy's childhood friend, is struggling with a case of the "yips": he can't throw straight anymore, and he can't figure out why. An invitation from Andy to stay in Maine for a few months seems like the perfect chance to hit the reset button.

When Dean moves into an apartment at the back of Evvie's house, the...
Recommended by Christina Reynolds, and 1 others.

Christina ReynoldsGreat book and terrific read. Thanks to @lindaholmes for taking us along for her publishing and promoting process. (Source)

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Finalist for the NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Literary Work"

"Valerie has been one of Barack and my closest confidantes for decades... the world would feel a lot better if there were more people like Valerie blazing the trail for the rest of us."--Michelle Obama

"The ultimate Obama insider" ( The New York Times ) and longest-serving senior advisor in the Obama White House shares her journey as a daughter, mother, lawyer, business leader, public servant, and...
Recommended by Christina Reynolds, and 1 others.

Christina ReynoldsLoved @ValerieJarrett’s book and her great story. This daughter of a Marine One pilot especially appreciates her love of the presidential helicopter. (Source)

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A witty, informative guide to writing "good English" from Random House's longtime copy chief and one of Twitter's leading enforcers of proper grammar--a twenty-first-century Elements of Style.

As authoritative as it is amusing, this book distills everything Benjamin Dreyer has learned from the hundreds of books he has copyedited, including works by Elizabeth Strout, E. L. Doctorow, and Frank Rich, into a useful guide not just for writers but for everyone who wants to put their best foot forward in writing prose. Dreyer offers...
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Christina ReynoldsYes, it’s a book about copy editing. And even though I disagree with his take on the Oxford comma, it’s a delightful must read. (Source)

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A memoir of the haunting legacy of the trauma of the Holocaust and the meaning of familial identity by a man who must figure out who he is in the wake of a life-changing revelation about his own lineage

Adam Frankel’s Bubbie and Zayde, his mother’s parents, were Holocaust survivors—a fact he’s lived with his entire life. But they were more than that, too. Zayde was a watchmaker named Abraham Perecman, infamous in New Haven for his rigor and integrity. He was also, at one point, Gershon Gubersky—a Jew from a small village in eastern Europe. Bubbie was his constant...

Jon FavreauAdam is the first speechwriter I ever hired on the Obama campaign. He’s a brilliant storyteller with a big heart and you should all go read his book. (Source)

Hon Patrick J MurphyBought 5 of these books to give out because Adam is That Good a writer and this book moves you. Great gift! (Source)

Christina ReynoldsI've always known @apfrankel was a great writer, but this book surpassed all expectations. Quite a story, fantastically told. (Source)

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You’ve almost certainly laughed at Scovell’s jokes—you just didn’t know it until now.

Just the Funny Parts is a juicy and scathingly funny insider look at how pop culture gets made. For more than thirty years, writer, producer and director Nell Scovell worked behind the scenes of iconic TV shows, including The Simpsons, Late Night with David Letterman, Murphy Brown, NCIS, The Muppets, and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, which she created and executive produced.  

In 2009, Scovell gave up her behind-the-scenes status when...
Recommended by Hilary Rosen, Christina Reynolds, and 2 others.

Hilary RosenRead this! And read #NellScovell’s brilliant book “Just the Funny Parts” #TIMESUP Ten Years Ago, I Called Out David Letterman. This Month, We Sat Down to Talk. via @VanityFair (Source)

Christina ReynoldsI expected this to be a smart, funny and entertaining memoir from someone who is clearly all of those things. It was, but it was also so much more. I’ve loved a lot of books this year, but @NellSco’s fantastic feminist book might be my favorite. Read it. (Source)

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A renowned political speechwriter rediscovers Judaism, finding timeless wisdom and spiritual connection in its age-old practices and traditions.

After a decade as a political speechwriter—serving as head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama, a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama, and chief speechwriter for Hillary Clinton on her 2008 presidential campaign—Sarah Hurwitz decided to apply her skills as a communicator to writing a book . . . about Judaism. And no one is more surprised than she is.

Hurwitz was the quintessential lapsed Jew—until, at age...

Cody KeenanIt's not the book you'd expect from @michelleobama's former chief speechwriter - it's better. I learned a ton from the fascinating @HereAllAlong and loved "hearing" my longtime officemate's voice again. (Source)

Christina ReynoldsWay up there is the fantastic Sarah Hurwitz talking to a full house @PoliticsProse about her new book @HereAllAlong. Can’t wait to read it! (Source)

(((Noa Tishby)))READ THIS!!! I love this woman so much and her book is brilliant. Sarah Hurwitz’s @HereAllAlong is the super cool book for the super cool Jew. Or non Jew. Everyone, really. #hereallalong (Source)

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