We’re pretty busy here at Le Tote, making sure everyone gets an awesome tote and great customer service, but we still make a point of enriching our minds outside of the office. San Francisco is a town with a rich literary history and we consider ourselves avid readers.
Sometimes, reading a great book is like a secret – you make friends with characters and spend time with them alone, you travel to new times and places without telling a soul and you usually try to do it when there’s no one around. The only thing patently un-secretive about reading amazing books is how much we want to share them with people! So here you have it, our list of books we think you should be reading.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon is an imaginative period piece that sends you into the heart of New York’s comic book apex, occurring during WWII. What results is an emotional roller coaster, replete with fist-pumping elation and so many kinds of heartbreak.
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole is another transportive fave, taking place in the muggy, grimy, yet incredibly charming streets of N’Awlins. We follow our eccentric antihero from misadventure to misadventure, all the while absorbing the lilt-y patois of the French Quarter and beyond.
I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley is a tribute to any girl who has felt the pulls of reality as both absurd and hilarious at the same time. This book of essays is the perfect book to pick up and put down according to your busy ‘working girl’ lifestyle. Sloane Crossley is the real life Hannah Horvath, but much less hateable and 10x more relatable. Ladies (and gents) if you’re a Girls and or Seinfeld fan this book was written for you. This book is for the Laura Davids (female version of Larry David) out there.
This list would be incomplete without some local love, but Zeitoun by Dave Eggers makes the cut for so much more than the author’s origin. Zeitoun tells the true story of a Muslim man who fell victim to the back-pedaled moral compass and incompetence of the legal system in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. An incredulous tale of one man’s experience being on the wrong end of America’s favor in the throes of a national disaster, this book will yank at your heartstrings and tear ducts.