1. Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It by Grace Helbig ($12): We all want to feel like we’ve got it together as legit adults but it’s far easier said than done. What we can do is make others believe that we’re confident with this “adulting” thing. Grace Helbig, a YouTube (and former pageant) star fresh from her comedy talk show on E!, gives us her advice in this new book.
In her funny and relatable sequel to Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-up, Helbig, 30, guides both Millennials and folks who wants to gracefully fake it until they make it by helpfully reminding us that you can’t spell Style Icon without “con.” The book isn’t just about tips and tricks to create the illusion of polish. Helbig calls it “silly yet practical,” a “variety show in a book about the world of beauty and style.” It features not only sage advice like “you don’t have to be sexy if you don’t want to” but also contains an ode to her longstanding devotion to sweatpants.
2. Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again by Teresa Giudice ($16): If you’re looking for some drama, Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again, by Real Housewife of NJ Teresa Giudice should satisfy. Giudice has already released four bestselling cookbooks, but this is her first foray into autobiography and she has quite the story to tell. Based on her prison diary (complete with original page scans), this confessional memoir explores Giudice’s 15-month sentence on federal fraud charges in the same prison that inspired Orange Is the New Black. Giudice quickly found out that prison had as much drama as reality television, with the hazards of fistfights, awkward sexual encounters and the need to be self-reliant. The book also features stories of life growing up in an Italian-American household, love, family and, of course, her time on Real Housewives.
3. In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri ($16): Non-fiction is also a first for Jhumpa Lahiri, the brilliant and incisive writer best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Interpreter of Maladies (and for being Mindy Kaling’s fave author). In her new book Lahiri dishes about her passionate Italian love affair — as in, literally falling in love with the Italian language itself. Lahiri first travelled to Italy with her sister long before she was a published writer, and she found the dictionary was her preferred guidebook. In a determined, self-reflective process, she dedicated herself to mastering a language from which she felt exiled, eventually making a home for herself in Italy. Presented in dual-language format (Lahiri writes in Italian, and Ann Goldstein translates into English on each facing page), the book is Lahiri’s story of learning to understand and express herself in another language. It’s an exploration of how language changes perception and identity, written in Lahiri’s signature intense and engaging style. You don’t need to read Italian to enjoy the story, but you might find yourself wanting to pick it up.
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