Maris Kreizman: She’s Book-smart

November 8 - On The Dot
FIRST THOUGHT: Read All About It

In school, we’re required to read many books, some pleasant and some downright dull. Is there a book that stands out in your mind, either one you loved or one you hated? For me, it was the latter. The book was Pearl Buck’s The Good Earth. By all accounts, I should’ve loved it. Pearl advocated for human rights and women’s rights. Heck, she even won the Nobel Prize in Literature. But in school, we spent weeks, even months, analyzing each word—and I was so over it. Today, pick up a book you really want to read, even if it makes your high-school English teacher grimace, or maybe because it would make her grimace!


In case you didn’t know, women read books, y’all. Like, a lot of books! In fact, we actually read more than men. According to a 2015 survey by the National Endowment for the Arts, women are significantly more likely than men—at 50 percent—to regularly read literature. Maybe it’s because women are more interested in giving our intellects a boost. Maybe it’s because literary reading increases the reader’s level of empathy, heightening our ability to see the world through others’ eyes. Or maybe it’s because any way you cut it, there’s just no escape like a good book!

WOMAN TO WATCH: Maris Kreizman, Editorial Director of Book of the Month

As I’ve admitted here before, I’m a pretty slow reader. After hearing about today’s Woman to Watch, I realized why. I’m reading the wrong books! But thanks to Maris Kreizman, I recently devoured a riveting 300-plus-page psychological thriller in only three days! If there’s one thing this scholarly lady knows, it’s books. Maris is the editorial director of Book of the Month, the widely celebrated, nearly century-old bastion of the literary written word.

As the Book of the Month website claims, it’s as simple as “read, love, repeat.” It’s a bookworm’s dream, and includes something for everyone, from fiction to nonfiction, with titles spanning a broad range of genres, each chosen by Maris and her team, along with distinguished Book of the Month judges, for their exceptional characteristics.

It’s such a great deal: For $14.99 a month, members get their choice of one of five carefully selected hardback books from a variety of categories, including suspense, contemporary fiction, fantasy, mystery and literary fiction. It’s like having a well-read and trusted bestie who hooks you up with your next literary obsession. And if this month’s book has taken a backseat to life, you can even skip a month, ensuring you’re spending money only on books you’ll actually read. Oh yeah, and shipping is always free.

Maris is a former book editor and the author of Slaughterhouse 90210, a cheeky, whip-smart read that combines some of classic literature’s greatest lines with key moments in pop culture. She’s known as a studious cultural influencer and tastemaker. So, it comes as no surprise she has made it to such great heights in her career, even regularly contributing copy to the likes of Vanity Fair, Esquire and The Los Angeles Times, the last of which touted Maris’ ability to transform Book of the Month into a wildly popular, interactive, online-focused machine, noting the modern incarnation is far from “your grandmother’s Book of the Month Club.”

Despite Book of the Month’s tech-driven model, Maris says at the company’s heart is still a devotion to the good, old-fashion physical book, saying, “People are looking to make some room for pauses in their life.”


Continuing with that thought, today’s quote comes from one of Maris Kreizman’s favorite authors, Zadie Smith, who said:

“Nowadays, I know the true reason I read is to feel less alone, to make a connection with a consciousness other than my own.”

This is Melinda Garvey signing off until next time. Remember, ladies, empowered women empower other women. Share On the Dot so more women can have a voice. Thanks for getting ready with us.

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