Need 2 Read: Wednesday Book Column

Every Wednesday, Culture Clash will feature a few must-reads across different genres. Dive in with a good book. (Illustration by Kathy Hagedorn)

Every Wednesday, Culture Clash will feature a few must-reads across different genres. Dive in with a good book. (Illustration by Kathy Hagedorn)

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Title: “Modern Romance”

Author(s): Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg

Genre: Nonfiction, Humor, Romance

277 pages

$11.00 – $28.95

Related Reads: Mindy Kaling: “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” & “Why Not Me?”

For fans of comedian Aziz Ansari, check out his new book “Modern Romance” which provides readers actual statistics about finding love through their digital screens. As the world transforms from running into someone at a birthday party and falling in love, to joining Tinder and spending the rest of your life with a one-night hookup, Ansari lays down a humorous explanation on why this might be. In his book there are personal stories from relatable people in big cities and small towns who share their worst texting mishaps, like thinking that hot guy/girl fell into a trash compactor and died because they didn’t respond to your message in, like, five seconds or getting anxiety over sending a simple ‘heyyy.’ This is a great read if you’re interested in a new perspective of the dating mistakes and freak-outs of the century and interested in the data behind it.

Title: The Girl On The Train

Author: Paula Hawkins

Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Mystery

323 pages

$7.04 – $26.95

Related Reads: Anthony Doerr “All The Light We Cannot See”

For readers who couldn’t get enough of “Gone Girl,” “The Girl on The Train” is a perfect next read. This is the first thriller written by Paula Hawkins, and one you will not want to put down. The main narrator, Rachel Watkins, deals with a growing alcohol addiction that ruined her previous relationship. She takes the same commuter train every morning and passes by the same perfect couple on their deck outside the window of the train. One day she sees something odd from her seat. Then the perfect wife is gone. She’s missing and Rachel finds herself involved in the investigation to find her. The book is told from three different perspectives; Rachel, Megan – the perfect wife, and Anna – the new girlfriend of Rachel’s ex boyfriend. This is a story full of a mess of characters with dark secrets that are crafted beautifully into the spine of a thriller, perfect for those who love a good mystery.

Title: “The Run of His Life: The People V. O.J. Simpson”

Author: Jeffrey Toobin

Genre: Nonfiction

496 pages

$11.40 – $16.00

Related Reads: Vincent Bugliosi, “Outrage: The Five Reasons Why O.J. Simpson Got Away with Murder”

If you have been glued to the show The People V. O.J. Simpson, this book is a must read. “The Run of His Life: The People V. O.J. Simpson” was originally published by Jeffrey Toobin the same year that O.J. Simpson’s verdict was read in 1995. Toobin explores the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman and delves into the legal battle that ensued shortly after. He takes a strong stance against the defense for using racial discrimination to give O.J. the upper hand in the trial and also criticizes the prosecution for not doing their job to prove him guilty. If you’re watching the new show every week and crave more, this is will definitely help your withdrawals until the next episode.

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