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Lightbox Enlightened - 12 Books By Women We Want to Read This Year

Because we want to light up your brain too, this series will explore things to read, concepts to explore, and other delicious food for thought. Our jewelry is based in science after all, and we know first hand that a stimulated mind leads to a sparkling life.

We're kicking things off with books. Some recently published, some classics, here’s our list of 12 reads by women that we’d like to spend time with this year.

Books we want to read this year

Hollywood’s Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of LA, Lili Anolik
Artist muse, 60’s party girl and writer, Eve Babitz is surely a compelling subject. Couple her, with Anolik’s insightful look at LA, and we think this one will be a page-turner.
 
New and Selected Poems, Volume One, Mary Oliver
This Pulitzer Prize winning poet recently passed away, and her work has never been more meaningful- reminding us to stay present and look at all that’s around us. In other words-- Put. Down. Your. Phone.
 
Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis, Alexis Coe
From the feminist historian who produces The Wing’s “No Man’s Land” podcast, this is the tragic story of two women in love in Memphis in 1892, the society that kept them apart, and how it drove one of them to murder.
 
Stray: Memoir of a Runaway, Tanya Marquardt
Because we love memoirs, reminders of our own teenage angst, and a good cry, we’re going to cozy up with this one.
 
The Power, Naomi Alderman
Set in a world not unlike our own, this novel is an exploration of what happens when teenage girls suddenly have incredible physical strength, and all the power dynamics shift.
 
Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado
A genre-bending collection of short stories that is said to be at times hilarious and at times horrifying, the descriptions and reviews have us intrigued and ready to be dazzled by this one.
 
The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin
Groundbreaking sci-fi author Le Guin has experienced a recent resurgence as a prescient architect of alternative societies. The Dispossessed is about a planet settled with “utopian anarchists”.
 
Pachinko, Min Jin Lee
The story of teen girl in early 1900’s Korea who gets pregnant and then takes her future into her own hands is just the kind of unexpected place we like to find a heroine.


Devotion (Why I Write) Patti Smith
Smith’s book “Just Kids” is already a favorite, and the one-of-a-kind punk artist outlines here why people are compelled to make art.


How To Not Always Be Working, Marlee Grace
Part memoir, part instruction manual from author Marlee Grace who tries to outline for us how to show up in our own lives…and not always be working!

My Year of Rest and Relaxation, Ottessa Moshfegh
It’s the year 2000 in New York City, and a wealthy and beautiful but troubled young woman seeks the help of a psychiatrist who prescribes her an ungodly cocktail of drugs to relieve her alienation. We will be resting and relaxing with this juicy story.
 
Feel Free, Zadie Smith
Because we will read anything the supremely talented Ms. Smith writes, and we are particularly looking forward to reading this collection of essays and gleaning her wisdom.