Beatnik's Reading List (February 2015)

Being the Beatniks we are, most of us leave the studio after working with books all day long only to settle into our cozy reading nooks to well... read a book. So from now on, we'll occasionally post a list of the books that we've been reading and would recommend — so if you're in need of a read, look no further!

East of Eden by John Steinbeck — Kyle (Graphic Designer) 

Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Here Steinbeck created some of his most memorable characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity; the inexplicability of love; and the murderous consequences of love’s absence. (9/10)

Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Here Steinbeck created some of his most memorable characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity; the inexplicability of love; and the murderous consequences of love’s absence. (9/10)

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin — Rosie (Intern, Publishing Assistant) 

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project. In this lively and compelling account of that year, Rubin carves out her place alongside the authors of bestselling memoirs such as Julie and Julia,The Year of Living Biblically, and Eat, Pray, Love. With humor and insight, she chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. (7/10)

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

In this lively and compelling account of that year, Rubin carves out her place alongside the authors of bestselling memoirs such as Julie and Julia,The Year of Living Biblically, and Eat, Pray, Love. With humor and insight, she chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. (7/10)

 Heart to Start by Derek Handley — Kitki (Graphic Designer/Production Manager)

Inspiring entrepreneur Derek Handley takes you deep inside the entrepreneurial mindset, showing how this can be applied to anyone's ideas, projects and dreams. This book is part memoir, describing how Derek became an entrepreneur at a very young age and the ventures, people, risks, challenges, wins and losses he's been through over the years. It's exciting stuff, and charts the progress of several start-ups Derek founded. It's a funny, endearing and inspirational look into the mind of someone who began trading in Tamagotchis as a teenager, and who'd lost hundreds of thousands by the time he was 22-years-old. (7/10)

Inspiring entrepreneur Derek Handley takes you deep inside the entrepreneurial mindset, showing how this can be applied to anyone's ideas, projects and dreams.

This book is part memoir, describing how Derek became an entrepreneur at a very young age and the ventures, people, risks, challenges, wins and losses he's been through over the years. It's exciting stuff, and charts the progress of several start-ups Derek founded. It's a funny, endearing and inspirational look into the mind of someone who began trading in Tamagotchis as a teenager, and who'd lost hundreds of thousands by the time he was 22-years-old. (7/10)

No One Belongs More Than You by Amanda July — Susan (Publishing Assistant) 

Award-winning filmmaker and performing artist Miranda July brings her extraordinary talents to the page in a startling, sexy, and tender collection. In these stories, July gives the most seemingly insignificant moments a sly potency. A benign encounter, a misunderstanding, a shy revelation can reconfigure the world. Her characters engage awkwardly -- they are sometimes too remote, sometimes too intimate. With great compassion and generosity, July reveals their idiosyncrasies and the odd logic and longing that govern their lives. "No One Belongs Here More Than You" is a stunning debut, the work of a writer with a spectacularly original and compelling voice. (9/10)

Award-winning filmmaker and performing artist Miranda July brings her extraordinary talents to the page in a startling, sexy, and tender collection. In these stories, July gives the most seemingly insignificant moments a sly potency. A benign encounter, a misunderstanding, a shy revelation can reconfigure the world. Her characters engage awkwardly -- they are sometimes too remote, sometimes too intimate. With great compassion and generosity, July reveals their idiosyncrasies and the odd logic and longing that govern their lives. "No One Belongs Here More Than You" is a stunning debut, the work of a writer with a spectacularly original and compelling voice. (9/10)

Open City by Teju Cole — Alena (Publishing Assistant)

Along the streets of Manhattan, a young Nigerian doctor doing his residency wanders aimlessly. The walks meet a need for Julius: they are a release from the tightly regulated mental environment of work, and they give him the opportunity to process his relationships, his recent breakup with his girlfriend, his present, his past. But it is not only a physical landscape he covers; Julius crisscrosses social territory as well, encountering people from different cultures and classes who will provide insight on his journey—which takes him to Brussels, to the Nigeria of his youth, and into the most unrecognizable facets of his own soul. (8/10)

Along the streets of Manhattan, a young Nigerian doctor doing his residency wanders aimlessly. The walks meet a need for Julius: they are a release from the tightly regulated mental environment of work, and they give him the opportunity to process his relationships, his recent breakup with his girlfriend, his present, his past.

But it is not only a physical landscape he covers; Julius crisscrosses social territory as well, encountering people from different cultures and classes who will provide insight on his journey—which takes him to Brussels, to the Nigeria of his youth, and into the most unrecognizable facets of his own soul.
 (8/10)