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Editor's Picks: Savoir Flair Staffers Share the Books That Changed Their Lives
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by Savoir Flair 5-minute read March 2, 2022

You can tell a lot about a person by the books they read.

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Books are vital in teaching us about ourselves and others, engaging our imagination, and uplifting our spirits. A quick turn of phrase can tap into our emotions and make us laugh out loud, weep with grief, or angrily turn to the next page. With a good book, we are whisked away from reality for a moment and transported to lands unknown with adventures at the ready.

A book is like a friend to a lonely soul, a bit of wisdom from someone more learned, and can also be one of the best forms of self-care. Every writer cherishes the written word, and the Savoir Flair editors are no different. So, we decided to take you through our favorite books. From intimate memoirs to epic novels, these are the books that whispered to us and whose words have lingered in our minds rent-free long after we turned the last page.

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'Liquids Til Lunch: 12 Habits That Will Change Your Life For Good'

by MaryRuth Ghiyam

Fact: My job requires me to edit upwards of 10,000 words a day, so you can imagine that's pretty much the only "reading" I can do on most days. Though I grew up loving and learning from fiction books, my time now is devoted mostly to self-improvement titles. The book that changed my life, Liquids Till Lunch, was recommended to me by my health and wellness coach, Daphne Javitch, a lifelong devotee of the method and close friend of the author.

In her book, MaryRuth Ghiyam suggests 12 small, incremental habits that make a big difference. I began with her main principle — drinking only liquids until lunchtime — and immediately felt the rewards. The remaining 11 actions focus on maintaining a balanced way of life to achieve more energy, experience less stress, and get better sleep. I've recommended the book to everyone I know; they also found it life-changing.

Haleh Nia, Founder and Editor-in-Chief

Purchase your copy here.

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'Three Women'

by Lisa Taddeo

As a lifelong reader, choosing a single favorite book is impossible. However, I will endorse a more recent read that profoundly impacted me and everyone else I recommended it to. Three Women by Lisa Taddeo is a rare jewel, a book whose prose is so uniquely incredible that it will light up your brain and your imagination like fireworks, and yet whose thesis is unsettling – woven with tales of lives destroyed or upended by the patriarchal social establishment. Taddeo tells the real-life stories of three women, all from disparate backgrounds and experiences, as they navigate 1) an inappropriate and highly abusive teacher-student relationship that made national headlines, 2) a desperate affair, and 3) an open relationship layered with conceit and privilege. As provocative and disturbing as the encounters can be, the underlying subtext is the nuanced oppression women face, told with pathos and empathy. It sticks with you long after you read it.

Grace Gordon, Editorial Director

Purchase your copy here.

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'The Woman Who Had Two Navels'

by Nick Joaquin

Hypnotic, intense, and violently personal, The Woman Who Had Two Navels took my breath away. Written 60 years ago by Filipino author Nick Joaquin, this novel is unlike any other. Not because it is innovative but because it is a palpable and mind-bending read. The book is about a diverse group of Filipinos struggling with their identities after the country gained independence from the US following the Second World War. As the fate of each character is revealed, the story takes a dream-like exploration of how ordinary people can endure against colonial masters, religious pressures, and wealth disparity. Because in Joaquin’s world, shapeshifting is possible, a woman is worthy of a position of power, and your fantasized reality can be your truth.

Xandi Eleazar, Content Manager

Purchase your copy here.

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'Juliet'

by Anne Fortier

It's impossible to choose a favorite book. You could ask me to pick a favorite color, or worse a child. But I’ll be the first one to admit. I’m a sucker for anything remotely related to Shakespeare, and my childhood devastation from Romeo and Juliet still incites all my emotions. In Juliet, Anne Fortier takes one of literature's most well-known tragic heroines, intertwining her love story with a modern-day mystery that will keep you turning pages until the end. The origin story that inspired Shakespeare’s play parallels a present-day Juliet, who finds herself caught in a web of family secrets that seems to be leading her to the “plague on both your houses” the more she unravels the truth. Fortier masterfully weaves her words around you as you become immersed in Siena's culture, history, and piazzas, even as the intrigue, romance, and history change how you see the star-crossed lovers forever.

Lydia Medeiros, Culture Editor

Purchase your copy here.

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'Atomic Habits'

by James Clear

This book got me out of my post-graduating in “unprecedented times”, in the anxiety-induced, deep hole of hopelessness in 2020. Atomic Habits teaches us the fundamentals of habit formation and how, with small changes, you can accomplish anything. An atomic habit is a regular practice or routine that is easy to do and incredibly empowering. When you need to make significant changes in your life, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and be paralyzed by how much work there is to do. This book will help you. It truly drills in the “1% every day” mentality that you need to make progress without getting overwhelmed. I found myself in complete incapacity, with no idea how to move forward, and gradually regained control of my life by building atomic habits.

— Jana Shakhashir, Social Media Editor

Purchase your copy here.

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