3 New Life Stories With a Twist
Most of us read novels because we want to hear interesting stories about the lives of people who are relatable, but not exactly like us. The life story is a backbone of fiction, but it’s all too easy for yet another one of these novels to get trapped in the same sort of style. Not so for the three books in this week’s book club: Each one of them takes on the life story, but adds its own particular twist to the proceedings. Read on for letters, graphics, and a totally new take on an old tale.
<em><a data-affiliate-link="" href="https://www.amazon.com/Arbitrary-Stupid-Goal-Tamara-Shopsin/dp/0374105863?tag=bm01f-20" rel="noskim" target="_blank">Arbitrary Stupid Goal</a></em>Graphic designer and illustrator Shopsin’s twist to her autobiography makes use of her multifarious talents. Her tales of growing up an heir to her family’s famous Shopsin’s market and diner in 1970s Greenwich Village are not only populated with excellent gossip about the celebrities that frequented the counter (John Belushi and Kennedy, Jr., Calvin Trillin) but are illustrated via graphics, line drawings, and photographs for a real sense of time and place and a “pointillist” aesthetic.
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!