Me, my shelf, + I // Jennifer
Introduce Yourself // I’m Jennifer, marketing coordinator at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. I work on all kinds of titles from picture books to YA and run the @LittleBrownYR Twitter.
Favorite Book of All Time // I couldn’t possibly pick one (you’ll notice this is a trend) so…Eloise was my first obsession in my obsessive life. I was a suburban child who dreamed of being a city child. And High Fidelity is a super important book for me. I picked it up when it first came out after reading a review in Details Magazine (#90srealness). I was 16 and related way too much to the main character…a single dude in his 30’s with commitment issues. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I still read it every year or so because I love how Nick Hornby writes, especially about music. “Did I listen to the music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to the music?” It’s a question that will haunt me for the rest of my days.
Favorite LBYR Book // The Thing About Jellyfish really moved me. I keep revisiting it and find something new and powerful about it every time. It’s my go-to when someone asks me for a book recommendation. I also love Every Exquisite Thing. And And the Trees Crept In. And I Crawl Through It. OK, I’ll stop now.
Most Worn-Out (but Well-Loved) Book // I was going to say Be True to Your School by Bob Greene, a charming little book about my hometown of Bexley, OH, but when I went to look for it on my shelf, it was gone. It seems it was so worn out, my husband tossed it in our last book purge. So the next most worn-out is Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business by Dolly Parton. Dolly is my spiritual guide in almost all aspects of my life. There are some, ahem, problematic aspects of this book, (do NOT follow Dolly’s dieting tips) but it’s her voice and her story, which are perfect pick-me-ups on even the worst days.
A Signed Book on Your Shelf // How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran. Caitlin Moran is one of my very favorite writers and meeting her was a total fangirl lovefest moment. I’ve had to stop reading her books on the subway because the out-loud, tears-streaming-down-my-face laughter was getting embarrassing. I love her nonfiction writing, but How to Build a Girl spoke to me out loud. I was a Doc Martens-wearing, grunge-listening, music-obsessed teenager in the 90s. She was too, only she was writing and hanging around with actual rock stars at actual rock star parties in London.
Book(s) that You Think Everything Should Read // Everyone should read 1984 and Between the World and Me, particularly during this dark time in our country’s history FOR SURE. But also, I think everyone should read Me Talk Pretty One Daybecause it’s really really funny, and we can all use a little unadulterated laughter right now, right?
Unexpected Book that You Love // The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black. I am mostly a nonfiction or realistic fiction reader, but it turns out I’m also really into faeries… I had no idea until I read this book! I devoured Holly’s new book, The Cruel Prince which comes out in January. I’m a faerie person! Who knew?!