Aries: Aries likes people who “tell it like it is.” In Lit: A Memoir by Mary Karr, author of The Liars’ Club, writes about her childhood in Texas, alcoholism, and recovery using powerfully emotional language, unwavering truth, and humor.
Aries thrives on action and will enjoy Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel by Jeannette Walls. This story is based on the life of her maternal grandmother, whose roles included school teacher, ranch wife, bootlegger, poker player, mustang breaker, racehorse rider, and frontier pilot.
Taurus: Taurus loves nature and those things that appeal to the senses. For them we recommend The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America by Douglas Brinkley. With a scope as big as the national parks, this bio shows how conservation became part of the American identity.
For something more fun, try Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater by Frank Bruni, former restaurant critic of the New York Times. This is a delightful memoir full of people, food, and life on the fat side.
Gemini: Gemini likes variety so we suggest Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon–And the Journey of a Generation by Sheila Weller. This book about three white female musicians is actually a story about their roles and influence on civil rights and other movements of the 1960s.
Lark and Termite by Jayne Anne Phillips embodies the Gemini theme of brothers and sisters. This haunting book is a portrait of a family from West Virginia during the Korean War. This story will resonate for a long time.
Cancer: Cancer rules families, food, and history. Something that includes all of these is Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human by Richard Wrangham. Enjoy a fascinating and well-written explanation of the theory that we became human only when we learned to cook.
A not-to-be-missed autobiography is True Compass: A Memoir by the late Edward M. Kennedy. It is a window into the life of his prominent family and a moving testimony to what a man can do if he refuses to quit.
Leo: Warm-hearted Leo likes a good drama. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel is a great read and winner of the Man Booker Prize. It is the story of an independent and brazen man, Thomas Cromwell, in the court of King Henry XIII.
For something a little different try Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker by James McManus which is a wonderful history of the game.
Virgo: Virgos should be proud that Stephen King is a Virgo. If you have never enjoyed the pleasure of this prolific author, try his latest: Under the Dome. This time, an alternate world inside an invisible dome appears in the midst of a small Maine town.
Virgo rules work, so we suggest Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work. Author Matthew B. Crawford has a Ph.D. in philosophy and the chops to be able to rebuild a VW engine.
Libra: Libra is about relationships and John Adams’ diplomacy and happy marriage to Abigail are wonderful examples of both. It has been around a few years, but for a wonderful mix of history and story telling John Adams by David McCullough is a delight.
Libra loves beauty and will enjoy the well-written and sympathetic biography Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original by Robin Kelley.
Scorpio: Scorpio likes to get to the bottom of things. The Lineup: The World’s Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives edited by Otto Penzler, is a fascinating inside view of 24 popular mystery writers and how they developed their characters and craft.