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We are kicking off the first journal post of the year with our latest book picks. It has very much been hunker-down weather here in London. A perfect time to escape into the literary world and try and forget that it is raining for the third consecutive day in a row. 

I'm a Fan

I’m a Fan by Sheena Patel

This debut novel by Patel is a quick read with the chapters layered like bulletins. This is the story of a single speaker’s experience in a seemingly unequal, unfaithful relationship.

We can’t guarantee you will actually like the narrator but with a clear and unforgiving eye they unpick the behaviour of all those involved.

In all, I’m a Fan offers a critique of our obsession with status, how that status is conveyed, our use of social media and how much access we give to others.

It’s new and powerful and a must read on our book list.

Buy Now, £9.49

 Pineapple Street

Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson

This is the story of the Stockton family, New York one percenters. Waspy, wealthy and full of all the advantages that American dollars can bring.

Eldest daughter Darley, married out and lost her trust fund. She grapples with the realisation that she is no longer rich and traded it all in for motherhood.

Sasha, married in. A middle-class New England girl trying to navigate the world of this Brooklyn Heights family where she is considered a gold digger by her sister-in-laws.

Georgiana, the youngest has fallen in love with someone she can’t have and grapples with the unease of being a trust fund baby combating poverty in the developing world.

With how much we discussed Succession in the Iggy & Burt studio we can’t wait for this one.

Buy Now, £8.99

 

Real Self Care

 

Real Self Care by Pooja Lakshmin. MD

Ever thought that the term self-care seems to be everywhere and conveniently packaged up as a bath bomb, a juice cleanse, a yoga workshop or the latest high tech facial? Surely these are the perfect devices or tools to putting yourself first?

Women’s mental health specialist Dr. Pooja Lakshmin finds this to be incomplete and possibly manipulative. Real self-care highlights to readers the difference between what our culture prescribes us as self-care what the real practice looks like. Lakshmin provides strategies for real and sustainable change to forget about the fancy spa retreats and journaling aps, helping readers look inwardly, set boundaries and to treat themselves with compassion.

Buy Now, £18.04

 

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