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Starting in June I’ll be moving to Williamstown, Massachusetts to start my first big-girl museum job (ah!). I’m excited and terrified at the same time, but I know no matter what I’ll be reading a ton to decompress. Here are some books that are on my summer reading list!

Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory, Raphael Bob-Waksberg

Since I’m a die-hard Bojack Horseman fan, I’ve been meaning to read the creator’s collection of personal essays for a while now. I love the catharsis of memoirs and personal essays and I’m hoping that Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory will provide me with that.

Prozac Nation, Elizabeth Wurtzel

When I was prescribed Prozac a year ago, I was relieved that I had recognized the name of the drug from Elizabeth Wurtzel’s debut memoir about making it through Harvard with the help of her SSRI perscription. Wurtzel’s candid descriptions of being medicated for depression and anxiety were iconic at the time of the book’s release in 1994. 

A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara

Everyone who has recommended A Little Life to me has emphasized how intense and upsetting the subject matter is, which has only made me more committed to reading it. As I’ve mentioned, I absolutely love sad books and I’m so pumped to dive into this one.

No One Asked for This: Essays, Cazzie David

Although the first release from the daughter of Larry David, Cazzie, has been met with mostly negative reviews, I’m still interested in reading her account of living as an influencer with anxiety.

I'm Thinking of Ending Things, Iain Reid

I watched the film rendition of I’m Thinking of Ending Things this winter and thought it was amazing. I loved how surreal and symbolic the plot was and I’m really excited to see how that translated to the written medium.

How to Murder Your Life, Cat Marnell

Another memoir, of course. Written by a New York socialite chronicling her struggles with addiction. Very Caroline Calloway-esque, which is extremely up my alley.

Little Weirds, Jenny Slate

I own this book already but still haven’t read it, so at least I’m halfway there! I adore Jenny Slate as an actress and was thrilled when she released her memoir. Can't wait to read this one.

Blythe Romano is currently a junior at Colby, where she is an American Studies major and a German minor. At Colby, Blythe is a research assistant, a writer for the Pequod Literary Magazine, and a frequenter of many yoga classes. She also helps run social media @hercampusatcolby!
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