Author of 'The Pisces' Has Your Bookish Horoscope

Posted by Cybil on April 30, 2018


Melissa Broder's risqué new book, The Pisces, is a fantastical tale mixing merman lust with group therapy. To celebrate the book's release, Broder is recommending books based on each of the astrological signs. See if the stars are aligning for your Want to Read shelf.


ARIES
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I wish that all the Aries dudes I’ve slept with had read this satirical fable about El Hadji, a polygamist businessman, whose sudden impotence leads to his downfall.



TAURUS
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Sensual, luxurious Taureans—especially those with a dark side—will gobble this one up. Also, if you haven’t read Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties yet, it’s unreal.



GEMINI
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There’s a reason why Gemini and Aries are soul signs, and this book of poems by Aries Lasky contains enough fire (and dark water) to shake a heady Gemini off their island of intellect.



CANCER
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For the Cancerian who never quite feels they are at home in the world, always the outsider, this book by Ghanaian author Aidoo is recommended.


LEO
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I’d recommend this brilliant text to anyone in the zodiac, but Leos especially may experience a psychic shift as a result of Lispector’s reframing of what it means to be the center of the universe.


VIRGO
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We Virgos who find our serenity (at least for three minutes) in making order out of chaos need more laughter—and to allow our evil thoughts to flow more freely—and this book has both.


LIBRA
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I don’t know, Libra, but I could just see this happening to you. I’m sorry. But it’s a gorgeous book. Also, if you’ve never read Mary Gaitskill's Bad Behavior what are you even doing?


SCORPIO
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One of my all-time favorites for the sign that can turn longing into a religion. Bonus points for another of my favorite ardent, ravenous tales of obsessive love: Turkish Delight by Jan Wolkers (Tin House English translation).


SAGITTARIUS
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Open-minded Sagittarians (that’s most of you) should relish this strange, sexy tale of a free-spirited woman’s love affair with a (sort of) dog.


CAPRICORN
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This is a favorite book of my favorite Capricorn, and since literary taste by sun sign is likely b.s., there’s just as good of a chance you’ll love this book as any. If you’re feeling more French than English, he’s also really into Colette right now.


AQUARIUS
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Aquarians, you’ve been toting that water for too long. You need to head to fire island, sit back and do some laughing and lusting with a delicious (and very smart) 70s soap opera. That funny, lusty, brilliant soap opera is Larry Kramer’s Faggots.


PISCES
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This gem should resonate with the oceanic—and sometimes dark—Pisces soul, upon which reality is constantly, painfully infringing.



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message 1: by Holly (new)

Holly uummmmm.......

okay, maybe other Sagittarians would like the rec. Me, not so much......is there a recommendation for Sagittarius readers who don't like stories about butt licking? Maybe something with a more challenging and complex theme?.


message 2: by Audrey (last edited Apr 30, 2018 08:07AM) (new)

Audrey Spencer Well the only book I've shelved is the one for my sign...


message 3: by Caitlin (new)

Caitlin Yeah, no. Not good recommendations. Literally nothing I would read, and the book recommended for my sign is probably the last one here I'd pick up... Also, if you're writing a "bookish horoscope", maybe don't write "...and since literary taste by sun sign is likely b.s." in one of them.

I know you can't please everyone and all publicity is supposed to be good publicity, but I'll be adding The Pisces to my skip-it list after this.


message 4: by Renato (new)

Renato I’m a Capricorn and I’ve read and liked Orlando!


message 5: by Renato (new)

Renato And I just added The Pisces to my ‘Want to Read’ shelf. It seems interesting.


message 6: by Tahera (new)

Tahera Audrey wrote: "Well the only book I've shelved is the one for my sign..."

Same here....


message 7: by Margaryta (new)

Margaryta As a Taurus I support the recommendation - "Perfume" is one of my all-time favourite novels.

I also love how unorthodox these recommendations are, at least in my opinion. Clearly meant to offer something different, and I can see people either loving or hating these, myself in the former camp.


message 8: by Kristina (new)

Kristina I know horoscopes are bullshit, but I'm annoyed that The Vegetarian is the one recommended for me. It's total crap.


message 9: by Kay (new)

Kay Hm, maybe next time you should make recommendations based on the individual's personal taste and not as shaky and inconsistent a foundation as a horoscope. Most of these books seem quite niche to me.


message 10: by Brittany (new)

Brittany Audrey wrote: "Well the only book I've shelved is the one for my sign..."


Same here!!


message 11: by Kenya (last edited Apr 30, 2018 10:39AM) (new)

Kenya Starflight Eww... I'm a Taurus and have no desire whatsoever to read "Perfume." Oddly, the only book here that's on my "want to read" list is the one for Pisces, "The Vegetarian."


message 12: by Brielle (new)

Brielle the pisces by melissa broder has a beautiful cover :)


message 13: by Lauren Elizabeth (new)

Lauren Elizabeth Kristina wrote: "I know horoscopes are bullshit, but I'm annoyed that The Vegetarian is the one recommended for me. It's total crap."

Agreed


message 14: by Kristen (new)

Kristen these books all look really weird.


message 15: by Chelsea (new)

Chelsea Denard These suggestions seem awfully pretentious, leading me to imagine that the author's writing is, as well.


message 16: by albionlady (last edited Apr 30, 2018 01:16PM) (new)

albionlady I'm a Pisces and I loved The Vegetarian.


message 17: by Hayley (new)

Hayley Barrett Margaryta wrote: "As a Taurus I support the recommendation - "Perfume" is one of my all-time favourite novels.

I also love how unorthodox these recommendations are, at least in my opinion. Clearly meant to offer so..."


Totally agree.


message 18: by Susan (new)

Susan Kenya wrote: "Eww... I'm a Taurus and have no desire whatsoever to read "Perfume." Oddly, the only book here that's on my "want to read" list is the one for Pisces, "The Vegetarian.""

Kenya — As a fellow Taurean, may I support your impression of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer? I read this truly gross book many years ago and shelved it under "Unspeakable".


message 19: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Sullivan I love seeing all these offbeat books in a list of recommendations. Thanks to Melissa Broder for always keeping things interesting.


message 20: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Cool and different recommendations! I hadn't heard of many of them.


message 21: by Jakk Makk (new)

Jakk Makk Just when you think this blog couldn't get any better. . . .


Karla (leersucks) lol I already had the book for my sign on my want to read shelf


message 23: by Bara (new)

Bara Karla wrote: "lol I already had the book for my sign on my want to read shelf"

Yeah, same. Taurus. :P


message 24: by Gregory (new)

Gregory  Hunt I'm a Taurus and I ask what the hell is this crap? Seriously, books by star signs? I can understand if the writer had to do it for publicity, but if she did for like reals and with effort, that's just dumb.


message 25: by Tahera (new)

Tahera Barbora wrote: "Karla wrote: "lol I already had the book for my sign on my want to read shelf"

Yeah, same. Taurus. :P"


Same as well.


message 26: by Tracy (new)

Tracy I love all the books in this list that I've read--Black Life, The Vegetarian, Tampa. I haven't read the book "recommended" for my sign. Excited to start my reading there and revisiting the rest of the list.


message 27: by Toni (new)

Toni not overly happy that the virgo book is about an english teacher who lusts after 14 year old boys and starts sexual relationships with them. don't really want to read about a female pedophile. :(


message 28: by Ayala (new)

Ayala Levinger Toni wrote: "not overly happy that the virgo book is about an english teacher who lusts after 14 year old boys and starts sexual relationships with them. don't really want to read about a female pedophile. :("
yes, exactly what I was about to write too!


message 29: by Marcia (new)

Marcia Sorry, I can't read the Pisces recommended book...I'm a total Vegan. (a little book humor).


message 30: by Kristen (new)

Kristen The Pisces was truly one of the WORST books I've ever read. Save yourselves the misery of reading it.


{ U n s o l v e d M y s t e r y } This list is terrible.
I guess it's great if you enjoy your dog licking your butt hole or pedophilia.

No thanks.


message 32: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Catherine Absolutely love the book recommended for my sign - The Vegetarian - and can't wait to read The Pisces


message 33: by Sheila (new)

Sheila Caitlin wrote: "Yeah, no. Not good recommendations. Literally nothing I would read, and the book recommended for my sign is probably the last one here I'd pick up... Also, if you're writing a "bookish horoscope", ..."

I know right? : )


message 34: by Marie (new)

Marie Bartolo Not a Sagitarrius, but The Bridegroom Was a Dog seems interesting.


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