There are many great books I should be reading. Tons, really. But considering that most of my time is now spent chasing Lucy around the house, the park, or Chuck E. Cheese, I’ve narrowed down my choices, give or take an Oprah paperback, to these four favorites.
Yes Please – Amy Poehler: Amy Poehler is one of those people I’d just love to sit down and talk about life with because I know she’d give me a no-bullshit answer. This funny girl is making her book debut with a “juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex, love, friendship, parenthood, and real life advice (some useful, some not so much)” and that’s the kind of honesty I can really get behind. Plus, I can’t help but picture her in Baby Mama when I think of her as a parent and I just really love that. Amy’s book is due out at the end of this month (October 28).
Not That Kind of Girl – Lena Dunham: I think it’s pretty safe to say that I have a major girl crush on Lena Dunham. Maybe it’s her quirky style. Maybe it’s her talent. Maybe it’s the fact that I wish I could live in her shoes for one day, and experience the ability to sit on a toilet naked while eating birthday cake with none-fucks-given. Whatever the case, the woman has made it an art form to be herself and get paid for doing so and that’s just badass. Her new book, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” is a look at her so-called missteps with “stories about wonderful nights with terrible boys” and such. Read a really great interview with her on A Cup of Jo (loved it!).
Will I Be Alone Forever? …And Other Dating Questions You Wish a Psychic Would Answer – Nikki Novo: I first met Nikki at a workshop for creatives when I was trying to figure out if it was even possible to make a viable living as a lifestyle writer (thankfully, yes). She quickly became one of my favorite people thanks to her candid nature and ability to pinpoint nonsensical excuses from a mile away (I can be quite the procrastinator). Since then, I’ve been faithfully following her blog, a site that’s chock full of life lessons, and am excited to announce that her dating book is now available for purchase. Though I wish she’d written this about 8 years ago when I had no clue why I kept attracting the absolutely wrong type of guy, I’m still planning on reading this cover to cover and passing it along to anyone who needs it. Also, stay tuned for an upcoming interview with Nikki herself!
Choose Your Own Autobiography – Neil Patrick Harris: Confession: I’ve kind of loved NPH ever since he was Doogie Howser, M.D. and the object of my tween obsession. He charmed me as Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother, and now he’s winning me over with his “Choose Your Own Adventure” style autobiography (I used to love those books!). In his book, due out October 14, “Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. You will be born in New Mexico. You will get your big break at an acting camp. You will get into a bizarre confrontation outside a nightclub with actor Scott Caan. Even better, at each critical juncture of your life you will choose how to proceed.” Seriously legendary.
P.S. Speaking of Oprah, I’ll be at her “Life You Want” weekend at the end of this month at the AAA. Are you attending? Are you as incredibly excited as I am to be in the presence of the Great Miss O? (Can I call her that??)
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