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Kayu Book Club: Escape The Cold

Sometimes the best antidote to winter blues is getting lost in a good book. Whether you’re looking for an easy read to toss in your beach bag for your next vacay, or just hoping to enjoy some at-home escapism for a few hours, these are the titles we can’t stop recommending to everyone in earshot.

Our Top Reads

Figuring by Maria Popova

A treasure-trove of inspiration. After years of cementing herself as a writer’s writer at the helm of the blog Brain Pickings, Popova births her own book: a modern meditation on what it means to live creatively and well, informed by great artists and thinkers throughout history.
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Hollywood’s Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A. by Lili Anolik

A privileged peek behind the curtain at the life of an utterly fascinating figure—part it-girl, part lit star, ripe for a feminist rereading—as she gets tangled up with characters as diverse as Jim Morrison, Harrison Ford, and Marcel Duchamp against the dreamy backdrop of 1970s Los Angeles.
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Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

The perfect beach read. Murata’s intimate story makes a modern heroine out of an unconventional, offbeat protagonist who finds serene satisfaction in the orderliness of a convenience store job…even as those around her pressure her to conform to voracious work culture.
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Leaving The Atocha Station by Ben Lerner

Anyone who’s been tempted to reinvent themselves during a trip will appreciate this book. By turns hilarious and moving, Lerner’s novel of an academic abroad takes on a hazy, dreamlike quality as the lines between fact and fiction blur during one of Madrid’s most tumultuous moments.
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L’APPART: Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home by David Lebovitz

Paris, j’taime. The famed chef takes a refreshingly real look at the eccentricities of living in Paris… and it’s not always rosy, but there *is* always time for a macaron or two. If you can’t get away, get a taste of the expat life by cooking a few of his recipes sprinkled throughout.
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