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Weekend Reading

MoonglowSeattle is being pummeled by a storm the likes of which we haven't seen in over a decade. Perfect reading weather! (by candlelight, since the power is likely to go out). This is what we'll be checking out...

Jon Foro: November traditionally isn't the greatest month for books. Most of the publishers' priorities have been pushed out in September and October in time for holiday, giving them just enough time to be considered for year-end accolades while they're still lodged in everyone's short-term memory. So it's almost suspicious when a big name appears late in the year, like Michael Chabon's forthcoming novel, Moonglow (November 22). What's wrong with it? I wondered. Well, so far nothing at all. In fact, it reminds me of the older Chabon that I love: Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Wonder Boys, and especially Kavalier and Clay. Mined from conversations with his dying grandfather--his tongue loosened in his last days by Dilaudid--Moonglow is classic Chabon, an intensely personal story built atop his typically inimitable, sometimes audacious, original prose. Given that so much of our attention and emotion is currently absorbed by this gross election, it strikes me now that there might be genius in the timing.

Erin Kodicek: I'm going to read The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, a novel that Senior Editor Seira Wilson slapped on my desk and said: "I know this novel is technically categorized as teen, but you have got to read this. It's soooo good!" Turns out the National Book Award committee agrees, because it's a finalist. Evidently it is a love story that will melt even the most cynical of hearts. We'll see...

Adrian Liang: So many books to read; so little time! This weekend I'm going to pick up Nalini Singh's newest Guild Hunter novel, Archangel's Heart, as well as Jayne Ann Krentz's upcoming romantic suspense novel, When All the Girls Have Gone. These are two authors who always deliver interesting stories and engaging characters, so I can't wait to get started.  

Seira Wilson: There's supposed to be an epic wind/rain storm here in Seattle this weekend so all the better for hunkering down with a book. I'm about 100 pages into Heartless, the new stand-alone young adult novel from Marissa Meyer (who wrote the Lunar Chronicles books) and loving it. In Heartless Meyer has written a prequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, telling the story of the Queen of Hearts when she was just a young girl who falls in love with the wrong man…Definitely finishing that one. I'm also going to finish Moonglow, the new Michael Chabon. I'm almost halfway through and it's a mix of fact and fiction from Chabon's life: stories from his grandfather, his own recollections, and then his own revisionist history—one big melting pot of life and family. It's amazing story-telling that feels like vintage Chabon…


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