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What are you reading? This Month’s Top Book Picks

Read anything good lately? It’s a common topic of conversation among the Printfresh staff – and I happen to know our customers are a group of book lovers as well… Just take a look at all of our customers photographed with their latest reads. This month, I’m sharing some of the best books I’ve read lately (or plan to read) – AND including a few recommendations from the Printfresh community that I plan to checkout.  
By Amy Voloshin
September 2021
What are you reading? This Month’s Top Book Picks
What are you reading? This Month’s Top Book Picks

Lately, I’ve been gravitating towards memoirs and nonfiction books. I really enjoy reading to learn something new, get inspired, or gain a new perspective on a topic. If you are looking to dive into a topic – here are a few nonfiction books that are next on my reading list. 

Nonfiction reads:

The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett: The Sum of Small Things looks at what Currid-Halkett calls “the aspirational class” and how their decisions regarding education health and consumption lead them to reproduce wealth and upward mobility – and deepening our ever-wider class divide. This is next on my list and Ashley, our financial controller at work, gave me her copy to borrow.

The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity by Douglas Murray: I saw this at my local library and thought it sounded like a timely book to read. While I haven’t read it yet, I’m interested in reading Murray’s perspective on the perils of ‘woke’ culture and how it impacts us. The book discusses society’s most controversial topics and argues whether or not internet culture has caused us to lose the ability to forgive. 

Turning the Tide on Plastic: How Humanity (And You) Can Make Our Globe Clean Again by Lucy Siegle: It’s no secret that plastic in our oceans is a problem. At the rate we are currently going, pieces of plastic in the ocean will outnumber fish by the year 2050. I definitely want to read this book and Siegle’s clear steps we can all take to change the direction of our fight against plastic.

Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble: As an ecommerce business owner, I spend a lot of time thinking about algorithms and how they affect our business. But, according to Algorithms of Oppression, they can also affect what we as consumers see, read and even believe. I’m looking forward to reading Noble’s book – which aims to help us understand one way that racism is maintained and spread in our society – through search engines.


Sigrid Olsen My Life Redesigned by Sigrid Olsen: I love reading about fashion, especially fashion designers and their stories. I had the great pleasure of meeting up with Sigrid when I was on vacation a few years back and she gave me some great business advice, so I wanted to dive deeper into her history by reading her book. Sigrid Olsen is known for her successful fashion label and career in the industry that spans over three decades. While fashion is a huge part of who Olsen is, this memoir examines all of her major experiences and life lessons that drove her to where she is today. It’s currently out of stock on Olsen’s site, but you can get the kindle version or a used copy on Amazon. 

The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination by Sarah Schulman: Part personal narrative, part compelling analysis – Schulman’s memoir writes about the years of the AIDS pandemic (1981 - 1996). I haven’t read this one yet, but I’m intrigued by Schulman’s vivid memories of her avant-garde queer friends on the Lower East Side that vanished and were replaced by gay conservative spokespeople and mainstream consumerism. Schulman tells her story as a witness to the loss of a generation’s imagination and examines the consequences of that loss.

Fiction reads:

These stories from the Printfresh community cover all the bases – suspense, family drama, romance, and even a classic Homer translation. I took a look at these to add to my list for bedtime reading (that’s when I prefer fiction), and they sound – captivating.

The Echo Wife By Sarah Gailey - Ronan 
A classic story, with a futuristic twist that involves a clone.

The Valley at the Centre of the World by Malachy Tallack - Gina C. 
A story about the islands of Scotland, which I don’t know much about, but after reading this book synopsis I’m definitely intrigued!

Anything by Shari Lapena! - Christina C. 
Perfect when you are in the mood for something suspenseful.

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett - Amy S. 
A story about identical twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white.

Behind her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough - Jenny 
This novel is also a Netflix series I’ve been wanting to watch – but I always try to read the book before watching the adaptation.

The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley - Alison B.
I love a character driven novel and this sounds like just that: “The story of a solitary green notebook that brings together six strangers and leads to unexpected friendship, and even love.”

The Odyssey translated by Emily Wilson - Sierra 
A fresh translation of the classic poem, the first to be published by a woman.

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel - Jennifer G. 
The Chicago Review of Books calls this one "Compulsively readable”, which is perfect for a cozy weekend at home

Do you have any recommendations to add to this list? Share your latest reads in the comments or email us at We’d love to include your review in our next reading roundup!

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