Good morning and happy Tuesday, everyone! It's a busy week here as I work away on orders and getting ready for my first market this weekend (hello Jackalope: Denver!) but I am continuing the holiday series today with some book recommendations for the Millennials in your life (there's a lot of us so I'm sure you know at least one). Enjoy and if you think of another recommendation I miss just drop it in the comments!
1. Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
Seriously - you will win Christmas with this. To go above and beyond, pair this with the new (and amazing) Mixtape Album or perhaps some amazing fan work via Etsy. In truth I'd support you buying this for everyone you know. ;)
2. milk & honey by Rupi Kaur
I am wholly of the opinion that everyone can fall in love with poetry provided that they find the poet who speaks to them. This collection by Rupi Kaur is one of the best I've seen coming out of modern poetry and trust me there are some spectacular poets out there today. Multiple times just browsing this collection I've been brought to tears by the the succinct beauty and truth offered on each page. Check it out.
3. The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
Only just released in August, Ward has created a collection of essays and poems on race in America that everyone should be reading. Give this to the millennials in your life to encourage the broadening of their horizons and show them how to fight the fight we all need to be a part of. It's time we show those who came before and will come after us what our generation will not stand for. It's time we ended racism.
4. Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks
On the note of what Millennials need to band together on: feminism. Bell hooks is a force to be reckoned with in literature and I recommend basically everything she's ever touched. This text was released in 2014 and would make a great starting point for those in your life to be introduced to intersectional feminism - hey, why not make a whole starting package for them and include Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan, and We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
There are a host of fiction recommendations I'll be giving to you all in the coming posts as well so be sure to check those out but be sure to consider adding in some of these options as well.
"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you'll be when you can't help it." - Oscar Wilde