Ep 31: Best Books Lately with Alyssa Hertzig

My favorite type of episode! All about books…the best we’ve read this summer, plus reading habits and what’s on our To-Read list.

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My guest for this bookish conversation is Alyssa Hertzig. Alyssa lives in Hoboken New Jersey with her husband and two kids, and she worked for years as a beauty editor at magazines such as Allure, Brides, Harper’s Bazaar, Good Housekeeping. She is now the contributing beauty editor at Rachael Ray Every Day magazine, and also freelance writes for several publications.

Alyssa has a lifestyle blog called The Sparkly Life, and you can regularly find her on Instagram as @alyssahertzig and her new bookstagram account @alyssaisbooked.


Mentioned by Laura:

Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb

The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger

(Likened to Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty)

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Burnout by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski

(Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski)

The Need by Helen Phillips

Other Notables:

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo (and the IG post where I posted my original review)

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Books I’m hoping to revisit this fall:

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

Mentioned by Alyssa:

Recursion by Blake Crouch

(Dark Matter by Blake Crouch)

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

(Eat, Pray, Love & Big Magic)

Save Me The Plums by Ruth Reichl

(Tender at the Bone)

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century by Maureen Callahan

Other Notables:

Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

A Nearly Normal Family

Looking forward in the fall:

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

American Royals by Katharine McGee

The Others Gold by Elizabeth Ames

Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur

Thanks for listening!