The women have always been the best thing about this show! Less than best are its body-shaming treatments of Monica’s younger years; best of best is that they’re a quirky, 2/3’s Jewish, supportive gal crew. Celebrate the same with these titles, where young women also pursue their best futures, in and out of friendship (and the kitchen!).
Victoria and Caitlin were unlikely friends in their youth—Victoria is less than cool, and Caitlin is an it girl. From their early friendship, though, they drifted apart. In adulthood, Caitlin is about to get married on the Vineyard—it’s enough to bring the old friends improbably back together.
Chrissy Teigen may be gorgeous, but she’s also a real girl—and a bit comfortably dorky. Her cookbook is all comfort food and embracing your truth, and dishes like Pad Thai Carbonara sound like something that Monica might give a spin.
Friendship and romance in New York City inevitably begins with some misunderstandings. I think that the youngsters in Zeller’s LGBTQ, Jewish take on Pride and Prejudice would totally sympathize with the young stumblings of Phoebe, Monica, and Rachel—trying to figure out who they are; working to embrace their true selves, and be embraced for the same. (Also, this novel is laugh-out-loud funny at points. Even Chandler would approve.)
The best aspirational political show to ever hit the telly. Go President Obama’s book for pure hope, or with An Unfinished Life to understand what it might be like to hide a debilitating illness while holding the nation’s highest office.
Doctors and tension and medical ick—and the drama doesn’t stop when the scrubs come off, either. Make sure you’re good and inoculated against all things airborne before you wade in to these hospital tales—and get your Congress-writing pen ready for after you’re done with Five Days at Memorial and its accounts of absolute government betrayal.
Maybe more philosophical than any episode of the show: Gawande is a surgeon, and his book muses over issues of infirmity and death.
Cassella jumps from her medical expertise into this novel, which is all about character relationships behind the scenes, and all about the drama of practicing medicine up front.
In the aftermath of Katrina, citizens were failed. This was nowhere so clear as at Memorial hospital, and Fink’s investigative book reveals all of the horrors that occur when our medical sites are ignored in times of crisis.
From friendship to doctorhood, Emma and Zadie navigate their changing lives: as women, wives, mothers, and specialized MDs. Drama and secrets arise.
You cannot open a book without learning something.
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“Personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a checklist of acquisition. Your qualifications are not your life.”
― J.K. Rowling
“The truth.” Dumbledore sighed. “It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”
— J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1))
“Hercules,huh? Percy frowned. “That guy was like the Starbucks of Ancient Greece. Everywhere you turn–there he is.”
— Rick Riordan (The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus, #3))
“War doesn’t negate decency. It demands it, even more than in times of peace.” – Baba”
— Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner)
“With great power… comes great need to take a nap. Wake me up later.”
― Rick Riordan, The Last Olympian
“I’ve learned that home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling.”
— Cecelia Ahern (Love, Rosie)
“Life… It’s a great and terrible and short and endless thing. None of us come out of it alive.”
— Cecelia Ahern
“Believe me, when you die, it’s everybody else’s but your problem” — Cecelia Ahern (The Gift)
“When you kill a man, you steal a life,” Baba said. “You steal his wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness. Do you see?”
— Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner)