November 2011 Reading List: Peter Matthiessen, Roberto Bolano, Lauren Oliver, Jonathan Franzen

Matt Borondy is reading Peter Matthiessen’s The Snow Leopard,  Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad, Charles J. Shields’ biography of Kurt Vonnegut (And So It Goes), and Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story.

Robert Birnbaum is reading The Third Reich by Roberto Bolano, The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco, Stolen Souls by Stuart Neville, and The Wake of Forgiveness by Bruce Machart.

Sarah Presite is reading all things kid and illustrated this month: A Monster Calls by Ness, Steampunk: Poe, and Lauren Oliver’s Liesl and Po.

Anna-Lynne Williams is reading Strong Motion by Jonathan Franzen and This Is Your Brain On Music by Daniel Levitin.

Matthew Sorrento is reading Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace — simply, more proof that the man was a force of nature; Forry: The Life of Forrest J Ackerman by Deborah Painter, Foreword by Joe Moe — a fun, direct true story of a lovable eccentric; The Cult Film Reader, edited by Ernest Mathijs and Xavier Mendik — with standout essays by Umberto Eco and Barry Keith Grant; Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S. C. Gwynne — a dense, though readable, astonishing account of one of the most profound and troubling tales in US history…Crack it open and you won’t stop.

Hilarie Ashton is reading Geoff Dyer‘s Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It and Bruce Chatwin‘s What Am I Doing Here? Just finished Evan Hughes’ (excellent) Literary Brooklyn: The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American City Life — and just started The Believers, by Zoe Heller.

James Warner is reading Jaron Lanier’s You Are Not A Gadget, Neal Stephenson’s REAMDE, and Aneesha Capur’s Stealing Karma.

Alexandra Tursi is reading Nanjing Requiem by Ha Jin, Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, Switch by Chip and Dan Heath, and Holding Company by Major Jackson.

Matthew Tiffany just now finished THE FLAME ALPHABET, forthcoming from Ben Marcus.

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