Amanda Palmer
Book Recommendations

  • How to Be a Woman

    How to Be a Woman

    How to Be a Woman

    Caitlin Moran
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.71 (108,164)

    Caitlin moran puts a new face on feminism, cutting to the heart of women’s issues today with her irreverent, transcendent, and hilarious how to be a woman. “half memoir, half polemic, and entirely necessary,” (elle uk), moran’s debut was an instant runaway bestseller in england as well as an amazon uk top ten book of the year; still riding high on bestseller lists months after publication, it is a bona fide cultural phenomenon. now poised to take american womanhood by storm, here is a book that vanity fair calls “the

    Amanda Palmer

    The new feminist manifesto.

    Feb 23, 2017 — Source

  • Steppenwolf

    Steppenwolf

    Steppenwolf

    Hermann Hesse
    Civilization
    Western
    4.13 (153,633)

    Steppenwolf is a poetical self-portrait of a man who felt himself to be half-human and half-wolf. this faust-like and magical story is evidence of hesse's searching philosophy and extraordinary sense of humanity as he tells of the humanization of a middle-aged misanthrope. yet his novel can also be seen as a plea for rigorous self-examination and an indictment of the intellectual hypocrisy of the period. as hesse himself remarked, "of all my books steppenwolf is the one that was more often and more violently misunderstood than any of the others".

    Amanda Palmer

    I've re-read and re-read this sucker every five years since then, and I always read a different book.

    Feb 23, 2017 — Source

  • Dirty Plotte
    Amanda Palmer

    I only read one comic when I was young. It was this. It changed everything.

    Feb 23, 2017 — Source

  • Dropping Ashes on the Buddha

    Dropping Ashes on the Buddha

    Dropping Ashes on the Buddha

    Zen Master Seung Sahn
    3.99 (1,017)

    “somebody comes into the zen center with a lighted cigarette, walks up to the buddha statue, blows smoke in its face, and drops ashes on its lap. you are standing there. what can you do?” this is a problem that zen master seung sahn is fond of posing to his american students who attend his zen centers. dropping ashes on the buddha is a delightful, irreverent, and often hilariously funny living record of the dialogue between korean zen master seung sahn and his american students. consisting of dialogues, stories, formal

    Amanda Palmer

    This was one of those life-changing books that finally popped the light off in my little brain

    Feb 23, 2017 — Source

  • The Hotel New Hampshire

    The Hotel New Hampshire

    The Hotel New Hampshire

    Irving John
    Fiction
    3.91 (61,064)

    “the first of my father’s illusions was that bears could survive the life lived by human beings, and the second was that human beings could survive a life led in hotels.” so says john berry, son of a hapless dreamer, brother to a cadre of eccentric siblings, and chronicler of the lives lived, the loves experienced, the deaths met, and the myriad strange and wonderful times encountered by the family berry. hoteliers, pet-bear owners, friends of freud (the animal trainer and vaudevillian, that is), and playthings of mad fate, they

    Amanda Palmer

    I love this book, love this family, love this man's writing.

    Feb 23, 2017 — Source

  • Blood and Guts in High School

    Blood and Guts in High School

    Blood and Guts in High School

    Kathy Acker
    Fiction
    3.4 (5,673)

    Janey lived in the locked room. twice a day the persian slave trader came in and taught her to be a whore. otherwise there was nothing. one day she found a pencil stub and scrap of paper in a forgotten corner of the room. she began to write down her life, starting with "parents stink" (her father, who is also her boyfriend, has fallen in love with another woman and is about to leave her). with blood and guts in high school, kathy acker, whose work has been labeled everything

    Amanda Palmer

    This book made me want to write, to write more honestly than I had ever written before.

    Feb 23, 2017 — Source

  • Not the End of the World

    Not the End of the World

    Not the End of the World

    Kate Atkinson
    3.77 (6,973)

    Arthur is a precocious eight-year-old boy whose mother is a b-list celebrity more concerned with the state of her bank account than with her son's development. then an enigmatic young nanny named missy introduces him to a world he never knew existed.

    Amanda Palmer

    I read it as a teenager and completely related to the discovery of Trauma In Suburbia.

    Feb 23, 2017 — Source

  • Andy Goldsworthy
    Amanda Palmer

    Just open it, I'll shut up.

    Feb 23, 2017 — Source

  • The Velveteen Rabbit

    The Velveteen Rabbit

    The Velveteen Rabbit

    Margery Williams
    Juvenile Fiction
    4.27 (243,346)

    Nursery magic is very strange and wonderful, and only those playthings that are old and wise and experienced like the skin horse understand all about it.like the skin horse, margery williams understood how toys—and people—become real through the wisdom and experience of love. this reissue of a favorite classic, with the original story and illustrations as they first appeared in 1922, will work its magic for all who read it.

    Amanda Palmer

    A classic, but oh man. As I age, every time I read this aloud I cry a little harder.

    Feb 23, 2017 — Source

  • Voluptuous Panic

    Voluptuous Panic

    Voluptuous Panic

    Mel Gordon
    Social Science
    4.19 (547)

    When voluptuous panic: the erotic world of weimar berlin first appeared in the fall of 2000, it inspired wide acclaim and multiple printings. anticipating the expanded edition, feral house placed voluptuous panic out of print, and for the past year buyers paid as much as $460 to online sellers for a used copy.this sourcebook of hundreds of rare visual delights from pre-nazi, cabaret-period “babylon on the spree” has the distinction of being praised both by scholars and avatars of contemporary culture, inspiring hip clubgoers, filmmakers, gay historians, graphic designers, and

    Amanda Palmer

    We take so much for granted

    Feb 23, 2017 — Source