Lavin’s speakers have dominated the “end-of-year” and “best-of-decade” lists circulating the Internet lately. Most recently, Variety’s Best Books of 2019 list featured works by three Lavin Speakers: YA novelist Angie Thomas, Atlantic columnist and therapist Lori Gottlieb, and literary legend Margaret Atwood.
Lori Gottlieb—Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
Therapist Lori Gottlieb chronicles not only the sessions she has with her clients—but also the sessions she has with her own therapist in this refreshingly honest and heart-wrenchingly funny memoir. Variety calls it “a kaleidoscope of stories about the human condition, love, loss, and how we can all learn from each other.”
Margaret Atwood—The Testaments
After the explosive popularity of The Handmaid’s Tale TV adaptation, Canadian icon Margaret Atwood wrote a follow-up novel that weaves in key elements from the Hulu series so that “it can all feel of one larger world.” Considering Atwood’s once-cautionary tale has become scarily similar to reality, The Testaments infuses some much-needed elements of hope.
Angie Thomas—On The Come Up
An expertly rendered portrait of both class and race issues, On The Come Up also considers misogyny, censorship, and cultural pressures as it navigates the underground hip-hop scene from the perspective of a teenage MC gone viral. Thomas’ latest YA novel—which follows her smash hit The Hate U Give— weaves in powerful life lessons, “but they are always organic to her protagonist’s situation and relatable to many generations.”
Read the full list here.