Friday, July 1, 2016

Weekend Reading



Weekend ReadingIn this edition of Weekend Reading, memoirs, of sorts, and highly anticipated new releases by the authors of the beloved books The Alienist, and Bright Lights, Big City

Erin Kodicek: I'll be finishing up I'm Supposed To Protect You From All This by Nadja Spiegelman. The daughter of Maus creator Art Spiegelman and New Yorker art director Fran├žoise Mouly has penned a moving portrait of mothers and daughters. But it's also a fascinating look at the malleability of memory, and the ways in which our experiences reshape and rewrite our stories over time.

Jon Foro: Throughout a four-decade, award-rich career as an editor for magazines including Outside, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, and Newsweek, Terry McDonnell has worked with some of the most brilliant--and often difficult--writers of his generation. The Accidental Life: An Editor's Notes on Writing and Writers is a memoir of sorts--tales of working with the likes of Hunter S. Thompson, Annie Proulx, George Plimpton, and "Cactus Ed" Abbey, Steve Jobs, et al.--but also a love letter to his craft, and a pointed assessment of the "content" industry. Ahem.

Chris Schluep: I'm currently reading four books. I've just realized that two are written by Pulitzer winners: they are Lawrence Wright's The Terror Years: From al-Qaeda to the Islamic State, which is a collection of pieces that he originally wrote for The New Yorker, and Perfume River by Robert Olen Butler, which is a novel set in Florida that examines how the legacy of the Vietnam War lives on through the people who experienced it. I'm also reading two novels by writers who had a big impact on me in past decades. Caleb Carr, who wrote The Alienist, has a new novel coming out in August called Surrender, New York. Although it's a contemporary story, there are ties to the themes from The Alienist (which took place in late 1800's New York). The other book is Bright, Precious Days. Jay McInerney who of course wrote Bright Lights, Big City—a book that informed a generation or two of newly-arrived New Yorkers—returns to the city to explore a different moment in time from the point of view of older, more established Manhattanites. The long weekend has arrived just in time. 

Seira Wilson: This weekend I'm going to finish one of our July favorites, Not Pretty Enough, about the inimitable Helen Gurley Brown and then start something for August. Jacqueline Woodson is already an author I look forward to reading and I've got a copy of her first adult book in 20 years, Another Brooklyn--a story of growing up amid the conflicting influences of 1970s Brooklyn--and can't wait to crack it.

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