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When the Fire and Fury Are Gone, What Do You Do?

by | July 7

Look, we all got caught up in the energy that was Fire and Fury. I don’t know about you, but I definitely called four bookstores right at 9pm, but nobody had it in stock! I was begging them to at least text me or something if they got it in stock. I was one of the lucky ones who eventually did find it, and I read it all weekend. But after finishing that terrifying epilogue with far too many SAT vocab words, I felt a little empty. What could I read, now that I had ridden that endorphin train that is Scandal in the book world?

And we know. It’s been a few months. And in 2018, a few months equals about 10 years. But for those who’ve finished it, those who couldn’t get through it, and those who are just so sick of hearing about politics that they want to cry and go back to the days of the 2016 election, here is a list for your reading pleasure.

Part One: I have to know more. No, really, I have to read more about this…
  • Devil’s Bargain
  • Raising Trump
  • All The President’s Men
Part Two: I honestly couldn’t understand what was going on. (No judgments here!)
  • Red Notice
  • Waging War
  • Kissinger
Part Three: I want to think of this no more. Please give me something fluffy and a cup of hot cocoa.
  • American Panda
  • The Soul of an Octopus
  • The Forgotten Garden
  • The Color of Magic
Fire and Fury

Fire and Fury

by Michael Wolff

You haven't read it yet? Find out what everyone has been buzzing about with the book that kicked off the year with a storm of tweets, a declaration of free speech and long lines at bookstores across the country.

Devil's Bargain

Devil's Bargain

by Joshua Green

This one is an obvious one, but sometimes you fight and sometimes you just go with it. This one is all about Bannon. He finally got what he always wanted...the spotlight on him.

 

Raising Trump

Raising Trump

by Ivana Trump

For those who have jumped on the Jarvanka train: learn how it all started. Ivana Trump (the wife before Melania) writes a tell-all memoir about what it was like to be the mother of mini Trumps.

All the President's Men

All the President's Men

by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward

Because everyone was reminded of this one as soon as they read the New York Magazine excerpt of Fire and Fury and found out that Michael Wolff wrote it after being allowed to sit in people’s offices for hours at a time. Don’t even pretend you didn’t. The government is filled with people who keep bickering, and it’s all gonna be brought to bear because no one could keep their story straight.

Red Notice

Red Notice

by Bill Browder

On the news, they keep talking about Russia and adoptions and apparently there’s a summer jam to the words of one of the emails (Really, there is. It’s called “If it’s what you say I love it.” Google it.) and it is confusing. So you might as well learn what the real story of those adoptions was. You know. For the conversations.

Waging War

Waging War

by David J. Barron

Before the 2016 election, I really didn’t understand why one person had control over our nuclear arsenal. Now, I really don’t understand why one person has control over our nuclear arsenal. This book helped me kind of understand. (Spoiler alert: there is no answer.)

Kissinger

Kissinger

by Walter Isaacson

Because people in the White House are obsessed with this guy, and they’re all trying to have coffee with him. And I don’t know about you, but I honestly don’t really know what he did to get all that attention. So Walter Isaacson’s biography is kind of saving me here.

American Panda

American Panda

by Gloria Chao

It’s about a college student who needs to say no to her overprotective and very strict parents and live her own life. AKA nothing to do with politics.

The Soul of an Octopus

The Soul of an Octopus

by Sy Montgomery

This is literally about an octopus. That’s it. The most heated you’ll get is when you and your friend can’t decide if it’s “octopuses”or “octopi.”(It’s “octopi.”I will die on this hill!)

 

The Forgotten Garden

The Forgotten Garden

by Kate Morton

Kate Morton is the kind of writer who makes you wish it would snow, so that you could read next to a window, surrounded by cats. The Forgotten Garden is her best (IMHO), and this book is my gift to you. Please. Stay away from the news and from Twitter, and just enjoy Kate Morton.

The Color of Magic

The Color of Magic

by Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett isn’t exactly fluffy, but he will make you obsessed with his stuff and forget about the outside world. Not to mention, if you start The Discworld series now, you could probably get to the midterm elections without having to hear the words “collusion” or “fake news.” Win-win.

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