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Three Underrated Books I Can't Live Without

Updated: Oct 27, 2021

1. Rapture By David Sosnowski


Imagine an alternate timeline where everything remains exactly the same but people start sprouting wings. It's completely random, ungoverned by merit or virtue. Sosnowski has a talent for blending gritty darkness and humor in ways that make for beautiful storytelling.

I love this book to an unreasonable degree, and whenever I find it available for sale, I buy it and give it someone. Sometimes, I imagine getting David Sosnowski, Chuck Palahniuk and Christopher Moore into a room together and just watching them riff off one another. Possibly while chatting with Hunter S. Thompson on the Ouija Board.


2. The Unexpected Salami By Laurie Gwen Shapiro


If it were a movie, it'd be a screwball comedy. A smart-aleck New York chick flees engagement to a mind-numbingly beige finance guy and washes up in Australia, where she moves in with a group of mediocre local musicians. When the band stumbles backward into fame, the situation spirals wildly out of control. I'm probably underselling it, but that kind of suits the understated storytelling style of the author. It's witty, well written, and a peak 90's mood.


3. Seductress: Women Who Ravished the World and Their Lost Art of Love By Betsy Prioleau


Filled with profiles of women throughout history who somehow managed to buck the societal constraints of their times and live according to their own rules, I refer to this book whenever I need an empowerment bump. Several years ago, I bought hardcover copies for every woman in my life. We've each discovered personal heroes within its pages. Even if you don't consider yourself a fan of nonfiction, I highly recommend giving it a read.

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