Marina Keegan was a young writer studying at Yale when she tragically died in a car accident in 2012. Following her death, her essays and stories were published into the book The Opposite of Loneliness. The stories range from comedies to tragedies, with each and every one capturing the readers attention.
By far the most influencial and moving book I have ever read. Mark Mathabane's story of growing up in Apardtheid South Africa is one of extreme bravery and strength. He glosses over none of the details, and leaves readers shocked while also opening their hearts and their understanding to the hardships endured in Apartheid.
If I could choose a single art book to look at for the rest of my life, hands down, this would be it. Growing up in Los Angeles and quite literally exploring both sides of sunset, Both Sides of Sunset gives readers a deeper look into the city of angels from the past to the present. This book is a photographic history that can be appreciated by the photographers and historians in all of us.
Caldwell's series of essays is an incredibly honest and powerful journey though some of the not so beautiful or bright moments of her life, but told with a great sense of humor and wit that will make it impossible to put down.
Vuong provokes incredible imagery and complex emotion in his poems. Pain, happiness, love, loss- a single page manages to capture it all.