Picks for Best Books of 2018

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Team Lisa loves nothing more than to curl up with a good book or discover a new recipe. For your reading pleasure we have compiled our short list of books we couldn’t put down and books that inspired us. Send us your list. We want to hear about your favorites!

Fiction

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

The first novel from Sarah Jessica Parker's new imprint, SJP for Hogarth, is amazing and beautifully written. It tells the story of the lives of an Indian-American Muslim family in California over a period of decades. It’s a novel of love, identity and belonging that eloquently examines what it means to be both American and Muslim. Once we got in, we couldn’t put it down.

Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward

A difficult and compelling novel about a multi-generational rural Mississippi family dealing with love, loss, fractured families, and drug addition. This book stayed with us for a long time.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

An important book about racial injustice and what it means to be African-American in America in the 21st century. Articulate and highly discussable, it’s an Oprah Book Club pick for a reason. A deeply affecting book you won’t want to put down.

The Overstory by Richard Powers

This epic novel about trees of all things packs a strong environmental message. A bit confusing at first, but the stories all interlock eventually. It slowly brings you into its grip.

Nonfiction

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

If you read one nonfiction book this year make it this one. It is no surprise this book was on the New York Times Top 10 List in 2017. You will be in awe of Mr. Stevenson’s passion and dedication to criminal justice reform, and sickened by the injustices that are dealt to minorities, the mentally ill, and juveniles in our criminal justice system. An important book that holds essential truths and lessons for all of us.

Educated by Tara Westover

A New York Times Top 10 book for 2018, Educated is absolutely riveting. The author tells her story of growing up in a rural Idaho survivalist family with no education and a lot of abuse. Despite the odds, she educates herself and gains admission to Brigham Young University. A truly gripping and inspiring story.

Hit Makers by Derek Thompson

This is a great book for anyone starting a company or developing or marketing a product. It debunks the myth of hit-making and the belief that things can go viral. You’ll glean lessons on how to create a hit of your own!

Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order) by Bridget Quinn

In the year of the woman, it seems fitting to read about women who persevered in the male-dominated art world over the centuries. The author profiles 15 female artists - many of whom are still very much under the radar in the art world. An interesting and engaging read, especially if you are an art lover.

Cookbooks

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samrin Nosrat

Samrin Nosrat reminds us of a modern Julia Child. Her 4-part series on NetFlix is highly engaging and infectious, showcasing Samrin’s enthusiasm for all things food. Her simple lessons on the four essential cooking elements will immediately make better cooks of beginners and experienced home cooks alike.

Unforgettable: The Bold Flavors of Paula Wolfert's Renegade Life by Emily Kaiser Thelin

Paula Wolfert is a legendary food authority on Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food. Part biography and part cookbook, it compiles the best of Paula’s multiple cookbooks. The fact that we have never cooked so much out of any one cookbook is a testament to Paula’s genius. The green jam and sprinkle pie are to die for!

Modern Baking by Donna Hays

A gorgeous cookbook full of pictures that will have you drooling over all it’s fabulous recipes. We love that she included a section on healthy-ish baking. A great addition to your baking shelf or an excellent gift for anyone who loves to bake.

Supra: A Feast of Georgian Cooking by Tiko Tuskadze

Our founder visited Georgia this year and was blown away by how good the food was. If you have exhausted your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern repertoire and are looking for new inspiration, check out this book. Georgian food is unique, delicious, and quite healthy. We can’t get enough!

We would love to read your comments on the books you loved this year. Please share!

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