Chelsea Handler ‘gets lit’ in coronavirus quarantine with NSFW book recommendations

Chelsea Handler is getting pretty lit during the coronavirus quarantine. But it’s not what you might think.

Using the hashtag #GetLitWithChelsea, the comic, actor, producer and best-selling author is making some literary recommendations on Instagram to promote reading as the perfect self-isolating diversion.

Books are a passion for Handler, who has written several of her own, and she is usually juggling multiple reads at a time. Handler remembers going with her mother every week to the public library during summers when she was a kid. “We would always get five or 10 books and we would read them in a week,” she said in a phone interview with USA TODAY. When friends ask her how she can read so many books at a time, she just responds, “Easily, I could do it when I was 8, I could certainly do it now.”

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Author Judy Blume and Chelsea Handler speak onstage during The 2020 MAKERS Conference in Los Angeles.

When it comes to choosing a book, any and every topic is pretty much on the table. “My interest in reading is to find out about something I know nothing about,” Handler said. “There are a lot of blanks that I need to fill in from my days of high school where I wasn’t curious. … What attracts me the most is what I don’t know about, and luckily those subjects are bountiful.”

Her reading recommendations, posted here and here, might be considered a little NSFW for some – if not the books, then certainly the delivery method. Handler poses au natural with her literary recommendations strategically placed over parts of her body. (Perhaps we should have also mentioned the posts’ other hashtag is #NakedLit.) It is nothing if not attention-grabbing.

In addition to the risque photos, each post includes a video of her book reviews. And like Handler, they are quick, succinct, refreshing and to the point, and a welcome respite from so much negative news.

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Some of her recommendations include Yaa Gyasi's "Homegoing" and Glennon Doyle's "Untamed."

Handler will continue her recommendations for the foreseeable future. “I am going to keep it up," she said. "It is partially me trying to keep my mind busy and to motivate people that there are options besides staring at your phone all day or watching the news.

“I want my day filled up with not just staring into space. I want to make it useful and I want to come out of this as a little bit more grounded, peaceful, calm and compassionate as a person,” she said. And it’s through books and reading that we can all do that.

A book can introduce “thinking that you are not necessarily prone to discover otherwise,” Handler said. “Whenever I am challenged in a book I am like ‘this is why I read!’ Because now I am looking at something from a different perspective.”

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Handler is not just sharing her love or reading on Instagram. She also has a private Facebook Group called The Orange Room, originally created to support conversations sparked by her last book, the memoir “Life Will Be the Death of Me.” In the memoir, the comic shared with readers details about her therapy sessions and the death of her brother, and addressed her own personal shortcomings.

The group, according to Hander, is for people who are grieving or going through a trauma and for people to know they are not alone. “It is such a supportive group because so many people are experiencing things, especially right now. It is very protected and very positive and very supportive.”

Both the Instagram recommendations and the Facebook group are places for readers to interact with each other and maybe even adjust their mindsets. "We have to really think about each other now in a way we weren’t thinking about each other before,” Handler said.

And books, especially during this time, help us do just that.

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/books/2020/04/23/coronavirus-chelsea-handler-gets-lit-nsfw-book-recommendations/3006263001/

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