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What We’re Reading: 7 Must Reads

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Caught in the Hipster Trap,” The New York Times
Being a hipster: it’s not just for hipsters anymore. Just as reporter Steven Kurutz has to convince people on the street that he has been using his 35-millimeter camera since 1991, so have many others found their hobbies categorized as “hipster” (a word we try not to use too much here at AFAR!). Pastimes like cooking and beekeeping? Hipster. New iPhones and old typewriters? Hipster. A short look at how many of us fall into one of the most broadly defined subcultures. —Liv Combe

Eat, Pray, Love, Get Rich, Write a Novel No One Expects,” The New York Times
How good is Elizabeth Gilbert’s forthcoming book, The Signature of All Things? So good that when I realized that I had left my advance copy at my hotel in the Australian Outback I turned my car around and drove an hour out of my way to retrieve it. I knew I couldn’t wait until its October 1 release date to find out how it ended. Steve Almond’s profile of the author in the New York Times Magazine made me appreciate the book even more (Gilbert spent three years on research alone). Almond also offers an intimate glimpse into Gilbert’s post- Eat, Love, Pray life in Frenchtown, NJ. —Jen Murphy

The Flamethrowers, by Rachel Kushner
I’ve been on a Rachel Kushner tear; I read her first novel, Telex from Cuba, then went straight to her most recent—longlisted for the National Book Award—The Flamethrowers. I haven’t felt this way about a new-to-me novelist in a long time. Her prose is rich and riveting. She draws historical eras incredibly evocatively, moving seamlessly between the New York art world to Italian labor revolts in the 1970s. And her characters are passionate, sympathetic, and compelling. I will go anywhere she wants to take me. —Davina Baum

Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History, by Eduardo Galeano
A beautiful book of historical vignettes from Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano. He traces the course of world history, day by day, with recollection of events that could potentially be considered trivial, yet they each hold a significant and very real story. This is the kind of book I want to keep forever by my bedside, to randomly refer to when I wish to dream of a time, a place, a person too often forgotten. —Jill Greenwood

The Best Ride of Our Lives,” Triton Magazine
A terrific profile on GoPro founder Nick Woodman by our very own Serena Renner (off on her next adventure in Australia). Through Woodman’s life experiences, Renner reveals three valuable lessons: never give up, follow your passion, and hire your friends. —Kim Fortson 

Messi in Kolkata,” Roads and Kingdoms
I am a total soccer nerd and am loving Roads & Kingdom’s new collaboration with Sports Illustrated called The Far Post. The latest of these regular global soccer dispatches included a story on my soccer crush, Lionel Messi, and how his recent appearance at India’s Salt Lake Stadium is part of a long-term strategy to turn a cricket-crazed country into die-hard soccer fans. —Jen Murphy

Pre-Trip Reading and Travel Plans for India,” Legal Nomads
As Jodi Ettenberg prepares to travel to India with her mom, she balances the logistics of planning with mother-daughter vignettes that bring a smile to the face because they are utterly relatable. Differences of opinion aside, it sounds like they’re bound for a great trip. —Kim Fortson

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