Black Swans by Eve Babitz: A Book Recommendation

Black Swans

Black Swans by Eve Babitz

Black Swans, a collection of nine stories by Eve Babitz, offers readers an electrifying journey through the vibrant decades of the 1980s and early 1990s. Babitz’s writing vividly portrays the endless possibilities, indulgences, and glimpses of a changing world that defined these eras.

Each story in this collection is a gem, showcasing keen observations and the sharpest wit. From glamorous Hollywood parties to intimate encounters, Babitz’s storytelling is both captivating and insightful. She explores themes of love, fame, and self-discovery, offering a glimpse into the lives of those who defied societal norms.

This collection is a treasure trove of nostalgia, transporting readers to an analog world that has long since faded away.

I’m always amazed at how books find us at the time we need them, as if there’s some omniscient, benevolent librarian in the sky.

Eve Babitz, Black Swans

If you’re giving Black Swans as a gift, here are a few things to consider:

The vibes are reflective, amusing, debaucherous, and a little sad with a medium pace.

It’s the perfect book for anyone who loves Hollywood nostalgia, is an artist, fancies themselves a free spirit, or really loves tango (just wait for the tango story!). It’s a book with a true “hot girl” vibe.

Permission to judge a book by its cover!

@what.josie.reads got it right with a pink and green book aesthetic. I could see myself creating a kitschy bookshelf with a book stack made of these.

pink and green book aesthetic

I always enjoy immersive reading! Toting a book about vintage Hollywood to the locals in Hollywood that were mentioned in these stories is so fun! @lydiathevirgo and @erinsgreenlibrary are definitely on to something in these photos—the vibes are SO good!

Black Swans by Eve Babitz

*Black Swans fulfilled my POPSUGAR Reading Challenge prompt for a book about or set in Hollywood.

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