In this edition of Weekend Reading, the latest from a National Book Award winner, highly anticipated releases from literary legends Jay McInerny and Tom Wolfe, and a book for those of you who gave up on City on Fire after 900 pages.
Seira Wilson: Last weekend I read a book I really loved"”Jacqueline Woodson's Another Brooklyn"”so I'm hoping this weekend's reading has similar results. I'm starting Jay McInerney's new novel Bright, Precious Days about a married couple who have realized their NYC dreams but are now confronting the personal cost. I'm also finally going to read A Torch Against the Night, the sequel to my favorite YA of 2015 (An Ember in the Ashes).
Jon For If you haven't heard, the new Gay Talese book hasn't gone so well, earning a prompt disavowal from the legend himself. But I'm giving New Journalism a chance to redeem itself with Tom Wolfe's The Kingdom of Speech, his argument that speech--not evolution--is the source of humanity's success. Since just typing that is now giving me grave reservations about it, there is a solid chance I end my weekend with The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, a book that announces its intent to "show us how to stop trying to be 'positive' all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people." Maybe the best idea is finsishing off last weekend's project, The Accidental Life, which I already know is good.
Erin Kodicek: I'm going to delve deeper into Tim Murphy's Christodora, a book that is drawing comparisons to Garth Risk Hallberg's ambitious City on Fire (though mercifully shorter, at 400 pages). The novel's namesake is a building in New York's East Village where many of the character's lives intersect. Tackling topics ranging from the AIDS crisis, to activism, art, family, and the scourge of drug abuse...it ain't light summer fare. But, so far, an absorbing, worthwhile read.
Chris Schluep: I'll be finishing Graham Moore's The Last Days of Night, which is a historical thriller set during the Gilded Age and based in part on the invention of the light bulb. So far so great. Can't wait to get back to it.
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