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The Best New April Nonfiction You Need to Pick Up

by  | April 24

It’s important to balance out your huge fiction TBR with some real-life reads as well—so here are our reccos for the month. From our favorite basic bitch, Stassi, to the incredible Lydia Fenet, who works as the managing director and global head of strategic partnerships at Christie’s Auction House.

Make sure to check out our fiction picks for the month too!

The Valedictorian of Being Dead

The Valedictorian of Being Dead

by Heather B. Armstrong

Sienna’s Pick

I remember loving reading OG Mommy Blogger Heather Armstrong’s—a.k.a. Dooce’s—hilarious and biting commentary on motherhood. She always kept it real and was honest about her struggles with depression, her failing marriage, and her fierce love for her children. In her new book, The Valedictorian of Being Dead, we learn that Armstrong had much more than the “mommy blues” that many women face postpartum and was severely clinically depressed. Armstrong was, in fact, so desperate for relief that she underwent several experimental procedures in an effort to “reboot” her brain using drugs that induce a temporary coma. Her story is fascinating, tragic, and also hopeful. I could not put this book down and was thankful for Armstrong’s insight into the world of depression.

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Everything Is Awful

Everything Is Awful

by Matt Bellassai

Nick’s Pick

From Matt Bellassai, the star of BuzzFeed’s “Whine About it” and now podcast “To Be Honest.” Everything Is Awful is a series of unfortunately hilarious essays. Matt’s self-deprecating humor spills all over these oftentimes relatable stories. In an ideal world, this book would come in a package deal with some form of comforting carbs and alcohol.

WARNING: Be cautious when consuming in public. May lead to uncontrollable laughter.

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My Life as Eva

My Life as Eva

by Eva Gutowski

Abby’s Pick

There’s no way you’d give advice to that teen in your life who’s so much cooler than you—can you even imagine?? Avoid the side-eye and give them My Life as Eva instead. Even if you don’t know Eva from her massively popular YouTube channel (and where have you been?), she offers honest, down-to-earth advice about everything from bullying to friendships to romance to how to live your life online and not get overwhelmed along the way. She’s been through it all from a very young age, and her candid recollections of all the drama are refreshing and easy to relate to. And hey, even though we’re old now, you might just learn something from this book too!

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The Most Powerful Woman in the Room Is You

The Most Powerful Woman in the Room Is You

by Lydia Fenet

Ke’s Pick 

Lydia Fenet is relentless, and she’s here to be your ally. This book is for people who know they want to succeed, but need that jolt to set them on the right path. As the chapters fly by, she takes you on her journey from unpaid intern to managing director at Christie’s along with being a mom to three young kids, telling about her setbacks and heartbreaks along the way. In addition to learning from her own story and excerpts from other outstanding women such as the president of Carolina Herrera and the CEO of a private equity firm, she’ll help you negotiate a raise and improve your public-speaking skills. By the end, you’ll be the most powerful woman in any room you’re in!

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Next Level Basic

Next Level Basic

by Stassi Schroeder

Nicole’s Pick

I’ll never forget when Stassi strolled onto our televisions raving about restaurant SUR’s goat cheese balls, and now I’ll never forget the experience of diving into her new book about all things basic! What some see as an insult, Stassi has fully embraced as a way of life. I loved the humor she brought to the book and was also surprised to find out we’re both Broadway geeks!

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I Miss You When I Blink

I Miss You When I Blink

by Mary Laura Philpott

Isabel’s Pick

I’ve raved about this book so many times at this point, and I’m always happy to do it again! Miss You When I Blink by acclaimed essayist and Parnassus Books bookseller Mary Laura Philpott is a poignant, charming, and completely engaging memoir-in-essays about what happened after she checked off all the boxes in her successful life’s to-do list, only to realize that she may have had to reinvent the list—and herself. It has blurbs from Ann Patchett, Elizabeth Gilbert, Emma Straub, and so many others. It’s the kind of book where you’ll read it when you’re 24 and then again at 36 (and 45 and 58 and so on), and you’ll get different things from it each time. Reading it makes you feel less alone in the world, and isn’t that the whole point of books?

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