Book Club: My Top Fall Reads
It's no secret - everything is going digital. Magazines, newspapers, television shows, and films are all making the internet switch, but cracking open a good book, filling your lungs with the scent of ink-pressed paper, and feeling the cover's texture in your hands is absolutely an experience unmatched. Gosh, it just feels so freaking good. Plus, the crisp cool comfort of fall makes for a prime reading environment. But what to read? Where do to start? What's worth the time? Well, I've collected some of my favorite books ranging for novels to biographies to essays to coffee table books with topics spanning fashion, film, and civil rights. If any of my picks spark your interest, then you can nab a copy of your own over at Thrift Books for as little as $3!
By far the eternal dreamboat and arguably the most talented young actor in the last century, this biography is a deeply intimate look at the life and career of James Dean. The bio covers his humble beginnings in Indiana and 1930s California as well as his early New York stage and TV career, the Hollywood fame, and his tragic end. It's so hard to believe that he only starred in three major motion pictures. It depicts him as a one-of-a-kind actor, troubled soul, and free-spirited rebel. I'm going to be honest, it gets pretty juicy at times - thanks to details provided by family and friends. If you love classic Hollywood, you'll adore this read.
Tomboy is my style. It is my life. It is me. Fashion history is one of my favorite subjects, and such brain food. This book is literally a perfect marriage of the two. Split into different subcategories like the Adventuress, the Sophisticate, and the Jock this coffee table book features amazing archival imagery of some of style's best tomboys along with the author's relatable personal antidotes on her own tomboy style. I couldn't recommend this book enough. Any amount paid for it will be well worth it in the inspiration it provides.
"I imagine that one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, that they will be forced to deal with pain." James Baldwin was arguably the most prolific author, intellectual, essayist, poet, and activist during the 1950s-80s. Experiencing quite the renaissance thanks to the success of the impeccable documentary I Am Not Your Negro, any work of Baldwin's would expand your thinking; however, this collection of essays is both my favorite work and perfectly encapsulates everything which makes Baldwin so uniquely Baldwin. Masterfully tackling race, sexuality, and class, teetering between steely criticism and surprising empathy for his white readers, in an eloquence only he can craft; Baldwin was only in his twenties when he penned theses essays capturing black life at the cusp of the civil rights movement. It's as much a portrait about a country searching for its identity as it is an exploration of the author's self-discovery. And especially with this current political climate, Baldwin's message and wisdom are more vital than ever - for anyone of any race, orientation, or creed.
There's no better place to get the inside look into the life and style of France's most influential icon than from the woman herself. Part interview, part biography this coffee table book gives unprecedented access into life of Brigitte Bardot. It focuses on her life from her childhood up until the late 1970s, looking at her personal life, filmography, and sartorial evolution. Including never-before-seen images and blurbs from many A-List friends and admirers, this book will be an honest to goodness gem in your collection. Plus, it makes for a GREAT Instagram layout.
This is the ultimate denim scrapbook. Filled with original imagery as well as iconic denim moments, this book celebrates the classic all-American fabric. It includes diverse looks by the likes of Drew Barrymore, Marilyn Monroe, Jane Birkin, Patti Smith and many, many more. Such a wealth of inspiration - you'll definitely refer to this again and again (and again and again..).
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