Friday, October 7, 2016

Weekend Reading



North_waterIn this edition of Weekend Reading, gory goodness, the Golden Arches, and a YA novel that's just been longlisted for a National Book Award.

Jon Foro: A few weeks ago I wanted to catch up on a book that I hadn't had time to get to in March: Ian McGuire's novel set on a arctic whaler, The North Water. Now, I'm not often put off by rough subject matter, but I set it aside after the first chapter, not sure if I would pick it back up. Seriously, this is dark stuff. But it's also so good. A cat-and-mouse game between ship's surgeon Patrick Sumner, a laudanum addict hiding from his past, and depraved harpooner Henry Drax, whose name might be a sick pun on a certain Romanian impaler, McGuire's book is slick with blood and blubber and worse. But it's also so driven, realistic, and suspenseful that I've found myself compelled to continue. You'll need a thick skin for this one.

Erin Kodicek: I'm going to read Ray & Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald's Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away, which normally I wouldn't necessarily be interested in, but I remember my Pops telling me about a chance meeting he had with Joan Kroc many, many years ago, and her big, philanthropic heart really made an impression on him. Ray & Joan is the story of their marriage-- warts and all--about how they built a humble hamburger stand into one of the biggest brands in the world, and what Joan did with the spoils. 

Seira Wilson: I've got a busy weekend ahead but am going to make time to finish The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. I woke up at 4a.m. this morning and read a couple more chapters and honestly, I'm looking forward to picking it up after my daughter goes to bed and reading until the end. The Sun is Also a Star is a young adult novel but really it's for anyone who loves a good, well-written story about fate, love, and the human experience.   

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