Culture

Welcome to Shelf Life, ELLE.com’s new books column, in which authors share their most memorable reads. Whether you’re on the hunt for a book to console you, move you profoundly, or make you laugh, consider a recommendation from the writers in our series, who, like you (since you’re here), love books. Perhaps one of their
On May 25, as I watched the video of George Floyd, I wept. I had never mourned for a stranger like I did that day. He could’ve been one of my four brothers. I was raised in a Nigerian-American, ultra-disciplinarian Christian home in the Bronx, where the maxims were work hard and love your neighbor
Last fall, authorities began a nationwide search for 7-year-old Joshua “J.J.” Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan, who mysteriously vanished from their small town of Rexburg, Idaho. In the months after they went missing, the case became increasingly more complicated—and bizarre. This summer, police discovered the remains of J.J. and Tylee buried on the rural farm
A lot of things have fallen victim to 2020, including our collective sense of joy as a society. But there’s one thing that doesn’t seem to go away, no matter what: The Masked Singer. The show, which features celebrities singing covers of songs underneath elaborate costumes, is extremely silly. However, there’s something to be said