Recommended Reading

We've partnered with Penguin Press to provide books to complement many of our Olios. 

Better Living Through Criticism

The New York Times film critic shows why we need criticism now more than ever.

This book was matched with A Crucial Critique of the Ruling Order: Art in the Age of Alternative Facts

Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of the Great Gatsby

“Churchwell… has written an excellent book… she’s earned the right to play on [Fitzgerald’s] court. Prodigious research and fierce affection illumine every remarkable page.”

This book was matched with The Secret Role of Zelda Fitzgerald: A Deeper Look at the Creative Life of a Jazz Age Legend


“If Jim Thompson had married Patricia Highsmith – imagine that household – they might have conspired together to dream up something like Eileen. It’s blacker than black and cold as an icicle. It’s also brilliantly realised and horribly funny.” —John Banville

This book was matched with Monsters From the Id: Analyzing Horror and the Darkest Corners of the Human Psyche

Hit Makers

“This book picks up where The Tipping Point left off.” – Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of ORIGINALS and GIVE AND TAKE

This book was matched with Work is Dead: Questioning the Promise of Basic Income Guarantees

How to Make a Spaceship

“The Right Stuff with afterburners. Intrepid designers and innovators risk their reputations. Gutsy test pilots risk their lives. Explorers push new boundaries of what so many once thought was impossible. —Captain Mark Kelly (USN, Ret.), NASA astronaut

This book was matched with Humanity's Place in the Solar System: Latest Discoveries and a Tour of the Universe

In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse, and the Birth of Modernist Art

A lively and deeply researched group biography of the vibrant figures who invented modernist art in bohemian Paris at the dawn of the twentieth century.

This book was matched with Free as Gods: Picasso, Calder and Artists at Home in the Theater

Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked

“As if to prove his point, Adam Alter has written a truly addictive book about the rise of addiction. Irresistible is a fascinating and much needed exploration of one of the most troubling phenomena of modern times.” —Malcolm Gladwell

This book was matched with Big Brother is Watching. And Maybe That's a Good Thing: Race, Technology & The Future of Policing

Modern Romance

A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices.

This book was matched with The Psychology of Relationships: How Experimental Science, Empirical Data, and Seinfeld Help us Understand Love

Swing Time

“Every once in a while, a novel reminds us of why we still need them." - Megan O'Grady, Vogue

This book was matched with Making Kerouac Our Bitch: On Being a Woman and a Reader of Misogynist Writers

The Idiot

A portrait of the artist as a young woman. A novel about not just discovering but inventing oneself.

This book was matched with What Would Buffy Do? A Radical Feminist Seeks Answers from The Slayer

The Night Ocean

A riveting novel about secrets and scandals, psychiatry and pulp fiction, inspired by the lives of H.P. Lovecraft and his circle.

This book was matched with What's in a Name?: H.P. Lovecraft, Unnameable Horror, and Fear of the Unknown

The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food

Not since Michael Pollan has such a powerful storyteller emerged to reform American food.” —The Washington Post

This book was matched with Eating with Hedonism or Morals?: Aesthetics & Ethics From Vegetarianism to Cannibalism

The Trauma of Everyday Life

“Epstein’s book is a guide to viewing trauma realistically, not striving to avoid it or even suss out its cause, but use it as a means of understanding “the texture” of our own suffering. If, as the Buddha said, life is suffering, why not suffer wisely?”

—Nancy Haught, The Portland Oregonian  

This book was matched with Buddhist Realism and Dark Comedy: It's Funny Because It's True

The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine

“Ben Ehrenreich’s rendition of the Palestinian experience is powerful, deep and heartbreaking, so much closer to the ground than the Middle East reporting we usually see. I wish there were more writers as brave.” —Adam Hochschild

This book was matched with Human Rights at the Edge of Darkness: We are the Resistance

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