What to Read While Social Distancing at Home

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Nothing can pass away a few hours like that of a good book. While we’re all (hopefully) in the comforts of our own homes, doing our best rendition of social distancing, the staff at Renaissance Publishing put together a list of a few of our favorite reads. There are many genres and topics in our list that you’re sure to find the perfect story to dive in to.

We used IndieBound to find a local bookstore for these options. Check out their search feature to find local bookstores near you! You can also support your local library; check out the e-resources from the New Orleans Public Library system today for access to a full suite of books, entertainment and educational opportunities online.

Looking for something to watch instead? Check out our staff picks for TV and movies. More of a listener? We have staff recs for podcasts, too.


Grey Wolf

by Gerrard Williams

[KINDLE]

When Truman asked Stalin in 1945 whether Hitler was dead, Stalin replied bluntly, “No.” As late as 1952, Eisenhower declared: “We have been unable to unearth one bit of tangible evidence of Hitler’s death.” What really happened?

KELLY MASSICOT, DIGITAL EDITOR

The Summer Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine

by Elizabeth Chadwick

[KINDLE]

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Chadwick brings Eleanor of Aquitaine to life with breathtaking historical detail in the first volume of this stunning new trilogy.

MELANIE SPENCER, EDITOR

Potty Training in 3 Days

by Brandi Brucks

[KINDLE]

3 Day Potty Training is a fun and easy-to-follow guide for potty training even the most stubborn child just 3 days. Not just for pee and poop but for day and night too!  Lora’s method is all about training the child to learn their own body signs.

SARAH GEORGE, ART DIRECTOR

Calypso

by David Sedaris

[KINDLE]

David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book. If you’ve ever laughed your way through David Sedaris’s cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you’re getting with Calypso. You’d be wrong.

ASHLEY MCLELLAN, EDITOR

A Discovery of Witches

by Deborah Harkness

[KINDLE]

In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.

MOLLY PATTY, ART DIRECTOR

The Toynbee Convector

by Ray Bradbury

[KINDLE]

A superlative new collection of twenty-two stories by the author of “The Martian Chronicles” includes the continuating saga of H.G. Well’s time traveller and his Toynbee Convector, a ghost on the Orient Express, and a bored man who creates his own genuine Egyptian mummy.

TOPHER BALFER, CUSTOM EDITOR

Any cookbook

TODD MATHERNE, PUBLISHER

The Tipping Point

by Malcolm Gladwell

[KINDLE]

The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.

SARAH DUCKERT, DIGITAL OPERATIONS

Outlander

by Diana Gabaldon

[KINDLE]

Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.

MEGHAN ROONEY, SENIOR PRODUCTION DESIGNER

I Am Her Tribe

by Danielle Doby

[KINDLE]

Positive and powerful, I Am Her Tribe is a collection of poetry drawing on the viral Instagram handle and online hashtag that serves to create moments of connection through empowerment and storytelling.

CLAIRE SARGENT, AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT

Mommie Dearest

by Christina Crawford

[KINDLE]

When Christina Crawford’s harrowing chronicle of child abuse was first published in 1978, it brought global attention to the previously closeted subject. It also shed light on the guarded world of Hollywood and stripped away the façade of Christina’s relentless, alcoholic abuser: her adoptive mother, movie star Joan Crawford.

LISA PICONE LOVE, SALES MANAGER

The Wedding Date

by Jasmine Guillory

[KINDLE]

Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn’t normally do. But there’s something about Drew Nichols that’s too hard to resist. On the eve of his ex’s wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend…

EMILY ANDRAS, PRODUCTION MANAGER

How to Skimm Your Life

by The Skimm

[KINDLE]

With theSkimm’s trademark mix of real talk, humor, and inspirational messaging, this book gives you the information you need to make informed and empowered decisions in your life. 

SAM SHIFF, ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

The Humans

by Matt Haig

[KINDLE]

When an extra-terrestrial visitor arrives on Earth, his first impressions of the human species are less than positive. Taking the form of Professor Andrew Martin, a prominent mathematician at Cambridge University, the visitor is eager to complete the gruesome task assigned him and hurry home to his own utopian planet, where everyone is omniscient and immortal.

RICH COLLINS, NEWS EDITOR

Do You Mind If I Cancel

by Gary Janetti

[KINDLE]

Gary Janetti, the writer and producer for some of the most popular television comedies of all time, and creator of one of the most wickedly funny Instagram accounts there is, now turns his skills to the page in a hilarious, and poignant book chronicling the pains and indignities of everyday life.

JEANEL LUQUETTE, MARKETING/EVENTS

Bossypants

by Tina Fey

[KINDLE]

Before Liz Lemon, before “Weekend Update,” before “Sarah Palin,” Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

RACHEL WEBBER, ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

The Year of Yes

by Shonda Rhimes

[KINDLE]

This poignant, intimate, and hilarious memoir explores Shonda’s life before her Year of Yes—from her nerdy, book-loving childhood to her devotion to creating television characters who reflected the world she saw around her. The book chronicles her life after her Year of Yes had begun—when Shonda forced herself out of the house and onto the stage; when she learned to explore, empower, applaud, and love her truest self. Yes.

ABBIE DUGRUISE, MARKETING/EVENTS

 

 

Do you have a favorite book to add to the list? Let everyone know in the comments below.

 

 

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