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Quarantine Reading List: Comfort Edition

Presented in partnership with Garden District Book Shop

Published: April 3, 2020
Last Updated: April 7, 2020

Quarantine Reading List: Comfort Edition
Many of us will need encouragement in the days ahead—and Garden District Book Shop is here to help. Owner Britton Trice responded to our request for a reading list of comforting and inspiring books with the selections below, which we hope will give our readers a boost over the weeks to come.


KEEP GOING, by Austin Kleon. (Workman Publishing Company, 224 pp.)

A great little book to keep those creative juices flowing during these often-overwhelming days inside.








UNPLUG: A Simple Guide to Meditation for Busy Skeptics and Modern Soul Seekers, by Suze Yalof Schwartz.  (Harmony, 212 pp.)

We are glued to our screens now more than ever. This book shows you ways to unplug and reconnect without losing touch with what’s going on in the world.









THE STRATEGIC STOP: Taking Back Your Life in a World Obsessed with Busyness, by Gregory Nelson. (Ballast Press, 207 pp.)

Our world has been obsessed with busyness for too long. This book teaches you how slow down and work deliberate and productive pauses into your day. Now is the time to make strategic stops part of your routine.










EVERYTHING IS F*CKED: A Book About Hope, by Mark Manson. (Harper, 288 pp.)

The title says it all. Packed with useful tips for making it through.












THE BOY, THE MOLE, THE FOX, AND THE HORSE, by Charlie Mackesy. (Ebury Press, 128 pp.)

A beautifully illustrated book; a modern fairy tale full of kindness, wit, and warmth.










THE BOOK OF DELIGHTS, by Ross Gay.  (Algonquin Books, 274 pp.)

“Ross Gay’s eye lands upon wonder at every turn, bolstering my belief in the countless small miracles that surround us.” —Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize winner and US Poet Laureate








Garden District offers several avenues to get books to you: for phone orders, free curbside pickup or delivery within five miles for the shop at 2727 Prytania Street in New Orleans; phone or online orders over $25 can receive free media mail shipping anywhere in the United States. Call (504) 895-2266 or visit gardendistrictbookshop.com for details.