Earlier this year, Montage Hotels & Resorts named New York Times best-selling author Brad Meltzer as the brand’s literary ambassador for the year ahead. In this role, Meltzer recommends his favorite literary finds for both children and adults each month on MontageMagazine.com. Below you will find his book suggestions for the month of November.
“A poor kid gets out of his coal mining town and realizes what he learned,” Meltzer says of this poignant memoir by J.D. Vance, a former marine and Yale Law School graduate who presents a personal analysis of the crisis of poor white working class Americans through the lens of his own experience growing up in a poor Rust Belt town. Vance’s story portrays the grim reality of rising up from a dirt poor family in America, and the struggles and demands of a new middle class lifestyle haunted by a legacy of poverty and abuse. “Thought-provoking, funny and heartbreaking,” says Meltzer.
What does it mean to think “ish-ly”? According to this fable by the award-winning creator of the picture book “The Dot,” it’s better than “getting it right.” After Ramon, who loves to sketch, loses his passion for art after being teased by his older brother, his younger sister teaches him that art does not have to be perfect, and even when a drawing of a vase doesn’t look like a vase, it still looks “vase-ish.” “Ish” teaches children the wonders of imperfection and the importance of fanning the flames of childhood creativity. “This book shows the power of art and doing things your way,” Meltzer says. “Give it to a creative child.”
Check back next month for Meltzer’s book recommendations for December. Also, be sure to take a look at Meltzer’s October book recommendations.