Comfortable shoes, sunscreen, water and a bandana are the most common must-have items for Coachella. But if you’re like us, no trip is complete without a few good books. We selected some titles that are perfect for the arid music fest, all of which we know you’ll devour between sets.
You Know You Want This: “Cat Person” and Other Stories by Kristen Roupenian
Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Vogue, Huffpost, Entertainment Weekly and more, You Know You Want This includes “Cat Person,” The New Yorker‘s most-read story of 2017, along with other shorts by Roupenian that span a range of topics, from the mundane to the murderous and supernatural.
The Best American Short Stories 2018 edited by Roxane Gay
Bestselling, award-winning author Roxane Gay guest-edited The Best American Short Stories for 2018, the annual showcase for the finest short fiction stories. In this collection, readers meet a rebellious summer camper, a Twitter addict and an Appalachian preacher, all of whom satisfy our voracious need to know one anothers’ stories.
Sing to It: New Stories by Amy Hempel
Amy Hempel, of American short-story fame, delivers her first collection in more than a decade, with 15 compassionate and spirited shorts. From a story about caring for dogs on a shelter’s euthanasia list, to the story of a woman examining her husband’s infidelity, this collection explores humanity, lovingly and in beautiful language.
Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
In his memoir, drummer, producer, composer and bandleader Questlove tells his own story while also exploring some of the most well-knowns of the music world. From his start as a child of West Philly in the ’70s and the son of a 1950s doo-wop singer to paving his way in the music world, Questlove takes us through modern challenges in the industry along with the triumphs.
Living the Sutras: A Guide to Yoga Wisdom Beyond the Mat by Kelly DiNardo and Amy Pearce-Hayden
Living the Sutras brings the body, mind and soul wisdom of classical yoga into readers’ lives in a relevant way, while covering the philosophy and foundation of the practice. With commentary and writing prompts accompanying a guided practice, the sutras encourage deep reflection and mindfulness.
Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine
Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s story collection is filled with Latina characters of indigenous ancestry, from the journey of a sex worker and her daughter as they leave their ancestral home in southern Colorado, to a Denver family who falls victim to the cycle of violence and comes together only through ritual.