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Maybe it’s the extra vitamin D we’ve been enjoying lately, but everything about April screams freshness and joy—and this month’s Indie Roundup is no exception. Brimming with books that satisfy all our needs, from personal style to politics, this stack has something for everyone to devour. Read on to discover an April publication that will help you reinvent yourself, or broaden your personal taste in a season that’s all about new beginnings:
Seven Sisters Style: The All-American Preppy Look, by Rebecca C. Tuite (Rizzoli)
How does one describe the longing I have to be one of the tomboyish, bob-haired ladies of higher education displayed in this exquisite collection? Slipping on my Bermuda shorts and a crisp button-down, walking through the woods gathering soil samples and discussing Thoreau—I mean, this is everyone’s dream, right? I’m so excited to spend the day thumbing through this extensive volume chronicling the ups and downs, trend changes, and timeless pieces that define the elusive style of the preppy American college girl.
A Philosophy of Walking, by Frédéric Gros (Verso Books)
Oh my goodness, someone buy me this book right now! Walking is my all-time favorite activity. As a kid I wanted to be a postal worker so I could walk all day, and as an adult I was a dog walker for years, strictly for the miles clocked afoot. A Philosophy of Walking, a best-seller in France, examines walking from all its angles. From different types of roaming, to the philosophical ramifications of a long stride, to the great minds who considered a daily constitutional a top priority, this book’s contents pay homage to the gloriousness that is a good afternoon stroll.
Valerie Solanas: The Defiant Life of the Woman Who Wrote SCUM (and Shot Andy Warhol), by Breanne Fahs (The Feminist Press at CUNY)
She wrote one of the most popular feminist manifestos of all time and predicted ATMs, test tube babies, and the internet way before they came into existence, but is still widely dismissed as the crazy woman who shot Andy Warhol. What can the first biography of this fascinating and polarizing figure teach us about revolutionaries, politics, and personal struggle? I’m guessing a lot.
I’m Gone, by Jean Echenoz, translated by Mark Polizzotti (The New Press)
The weather is getting warmer, and I’m entertaining fantasies of spending the day at the park getting lost in a great novel. I’m Gone, a Goncourt Prize winner and international best-seller, promises to fulfill that daydream. I’m looking forward to lying in the sun and disappearing into Echenoz’s colorful tale, equal parts love story, heist caper, and art world satire.
The End of the World as We Know It? Crisis, Resistance, and the Age of Austerity, edited by Deric Shannon (AK Press)
What’s the point of enjoying new beginnings (spring) without a little discussion about the end (economic meltdown)? Billed as “a guide to the future of anti-capitalist struggle,” The End is a collection of stories and analyses from all over the world that sketch the beginning of the capitalist crisis that gained national attention in 2008, and the recommended steps to lead to (and later survive) an economic revolution.
What indie books are you looking forward to this season?