Rae Nudson, author of All Made Up: The Power and Pitfalls of Beauty Culture, from Cleopatra to Kim Kardashian recommends a brilliant set of books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Rae's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
I read Thick by Tressie McMillan Cottom for research for All Made Up and can't get it out of my head. She's one of our best thinkers, and she explains machinations in society that seem so clear once she points them out but that I may not have seen before.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
I've recently had my first child and while I was pregnant I read Expecting Better by Emily Oster. It was a great way to help me think through issues and research around pregnancy, and I would definitely recommend it.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
Probably too many to name, but Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz with illustrations by Stephen Gammell started my love of horror. Luckily my parents didn't think it was too scary for me to read.
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
For research, I prefer reading on paper. I use post it notes to mark passages that I want to return to, and by the end of the book it has a million flags poking out of the pages. But for fun, I usually like to read ebooks. I can read on my phone or on my Kindle, and I'm able to sneak in a few pages whenever I have a minute—my adult version of always carrying a book in my backpack when I was younger. I also lived in small studio apartments that made storing ebooks much easier than keeping tons of hardbacks around.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
When I lived in Brooklyn, I visited Word Bookstore often, and they had a book club that I went to when I could. It helped introduce me to some new-to-me authors and was a wonderfully nerdy place to hang out. In Chicago, where I live now, I love spending time at Book Cellar. They have a lovely little cafe where I can work, and I love the neighborhood it's in.
Many thanks to Rae for recommending a brilliant set of books! Please don't forget to check out Rae's book All Made Up: The Power and Pitfalls of Beauty Culture, from Cleopatra to Kim Kardashian.
Image Copyrights: Beacon Press (All Made Up), The New Press (Thick), Orion Publishing Co (Expecting Better), Harper Collins (Scary Stories).