• Anastasia Basil

FEBRUARY Book Picks for kids and parents ❤️.


People sometimes ask me for interesting reads because they know I love books more than wine, chocolate and breathable air, but not more than coffee and dogs. (It's a complicated ranking system.) Tape your glasses together at the nose and assume the nerd position, because here we go!


What I'm reading this month: Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist, by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Eli Saslow-- a powerful true story of how a high-profile white supremacist changed his heart and mind. I don't want to give too much away here-- but this book is a page-turner. You truly don't see HOW this kid, who doesn't even think of himself as a racist, can ever change. It's a riveting read. If you prefer the Audible book, the narrator is not annoying. (Thank you, narrator gods!)

Don't have time to read? I get it. I try to follow Stephen King's advice for writers: "Turn off the TV and always be reading." But... what about when we're doing laundry or cooking or hugging our dog? That's what dorky devices like these are for! I wear mine like a pet ferret draped around my neck everywhere I go. This + Audible = ❤️



What I'm reading aloud to my kid: The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal) A mesmerizing story of a girl who is accidentally given magical powers as a baby. There's a good witch, a swamp monster and a pocket-size dragon. What more can you ask for? This book is recommended for kids 10 - 14, but honestly? If you are between the ages of ten and reincarnation into your next life as a banana slug, this is a wonderful story.



What my kid is reading on her Kindle: Fish in a Tree. This book will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in. If you liked WONDER, you will love this. It's about a 6th grader who dreads school. She’s been called “dumb” and “loser” by other students and she's considered a troublemaker by her teachers. She’s great at math and art but she’s never let anyone know her darkest secret: She can’t read. Recommended for readers 9 - up until death do us part.


Quote to chew on this month: "I sort of feel that’s your responsibility as a person, as a human being — to constantly be updating your positions on as many things as possible. And if you don’t contradict yourself on a regular basis, then you’re not thinking."

- Malcolm Gladwell


(I pair this quote with "Rising Out of Hatred," a side of rosemary roasted potatoes and a nice Pinot Gris. Bon appetite fellow Town Prudes and Nerds!)


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