February Reading

Books we love at Fab HQ

It’s the middle of February, and there’s no better time to hunker down with a great book. Here’s what we’ve been reading over at Fab HQ on the trains and in our apartments as the snow falls in NYC.

The Language Instinct, Steven Pinker
The Velvet RageAlan Downs
–Pierre Coker, General Manager
Men Explain Things to MeRebecca Solnit
Feminists rejoice (or anyone who values that knowledge is power), because within a compilation of some of her best essays, Rebecca Solnit has carefully outlined different types of societal and inter-personal violences and injustices women often face throughout their lives. It is an enlightening and powerful book that I highly recommend everyone and anyone to read, especially during this time of political turmoil. It is not for the faint of heart
An easy book to navigate, with a simple but intriguing plot line. I didn’t feel completely satisfied at the end, because it seemed to have an empty conclusion–but I think Murakami did take an existential perspective on this one.
Foxfire, Joyce Carol Oates
Joyce Carrol Oates writing emanates the free-flowing prose of the beatnik generation, as this book takes us to 1950’s upstate New York, where a girl gang runs the small city of Hammond. Need I say more?
–Liz Ibarra, Customer Service and Social Media Coordinator


The Gene: An Intimate History, Siddhartha Mukherjee

Siddhartha Mukherjee takes as complex a topic as you can imagine—the near invisible stuff that makes us, us—and presents in a way that is easy to comprehend without being watered down. We get a full history of genetics, the current state of the field, and the future implications of the science. Dr. Mukherjee’s weaves in the “intimate history” of mental illness across generations of his family to highlight not just the skin he has in the game, but to show the reader the endless reach of genetics as we understand the topic now and in the future.
The Complete Stories, Flannery O’Connor
A real master. I’ve been meaning to pick up her stories again since high school, and I’m glad I finally grabbed a copy of the complete collection.
–L.B. Holten, Copywriter
For the hipster.
Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts
For the adventurer.
For the romantic.
The Gods Themselves, Isaac Asimov
For the sci-fi lover.
American Gods, Neil Gaiman
For the fantasy lover.
 –Ariel Kohn, Customer Service and Social Media Coordinator