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4 Classic Books You Might Have Missed
We want every post on I Read Therefore to be like a mixtape.
(On cassette, because we’re old and romantic.)
Fiction, non-fiction, old, new, famous, very much not famous.
This post is a little more old + famous: the books herein were all published between 1926 and 2006.
(2006 is Julia Child’s autobiography and covers decades and decades, including the eras of the other three books.)
And we’re off to the races:
This is an absolutely gorgeous book. If you like cooking, if you like travel, if you like icons, or if you like exactly none of those things, you will enjoy this book. It is a time capsule. Not a slice-of-life but a feast. Fitting.
There’s so much going on with this thin little book, but if you happened to have missed reading it until later in life (like we did!) the main thing you need to know is that it is HYSTERICAL. You’ll find yourself remembering the smallest little details out of the blue–and the smallest little details are why generations keep reading this pocket rocket classic and many more generations will worship it, too.
It is not your fault if you’ve gotten this far in life without being introduced to the self-help book brilliance that is Dale Carnegie’s body of work, but it is the fault of every teacher, leader, colleague, older family member, authority figure…fine, that’s overstated. But once you read this or Carnegie’s other books, you will be shoving them into the hands of everyone you love. Practical and actionable helpful information abound. You can read one page a day and feel stronger, smarter, more capable and competent. Those are some heavy and holy words and we mean it.
Real talk: this is a hard read. It is in turns claustrophobic, and sweeping. Heavy with every form of abuse, when the occasional laugh comes around you only get a sour half-smirk of pleasure and relief out of it. But here’s why you should soldier through: every single one of these horrible characters has so much to teach us. Good, bad, and ugly (mostly bad tbh) we can see ourselves and be grateful for who we aren’t and humbled by how much work we have to do to be our best selves. It’s a 50/50 split between male and female characters and all get equal opportunity to have their guts laid bare. Worth the emotional and mental labor.
That’s our list for the day! Four classic books you might have missed, but might be interested in.
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