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What Birnbaum’s Reading

Human Smoke by Nick Baker, The Resurrectionist by Jack O’Connell, Alan Furst’s The Spy of Warsaw, Havana Deco, Jim Kunstler’s The World Made by Hand, Love Letters from a Fat Man by Naomi Benaron, The Lazarus Project by Alexander Hemon, and I am trying to make space to get back to reading Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead, […]

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The World Without Us

I just finished Veronica by Mary Gaitskill. I also went to my community library for the first time since I was fourteen the other night, and I picked up The World Without Us by Alan Weisman (which I started reading last night and am already glued to), The Control of Nature by John McPhee and […]

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Shortcomings

This month I’m reading Shortcomings by Adrien Tomine, Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body by Jennifer Ackerman, and Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robison.-Stephanie Johnson, copyeditor

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A Civil Action

I just finished A Civil Action by Jonathon Harr, a masterly piece of research, reporting, and narrative. I recently picked up Among the Thugs by Bill Buford at a tiny used bookstore. Last I night finished Marilynne Robinson’s “The Waste Land,” a sharp, short piece published in an early issue of Granta and reprinted in […]

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Lee Miller: A Life

My big project lately has been another fascinating lady bio, Carolyn Burke’s Lee Miller: A Life. Earlier this month I was introduced to Kate Christensen by randomly coming across her novel, The Epicure’s Lament, in the library. Its protagonist, a wry hedonist suddenly forced into family-life, has stayed with me in a very pleasant way, […]

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My Mistress’s Sparrow Is Dead

Greetings from Chicago everyone, it’s your friendly roving nonfiction acquisitions editor, Alex A.G. Shapiro. I’m reading My Mistress’s Sparrow Is Dead: Great Love Stories, from Chekhov to Munro by Jeffrey Eugenides (Editor), and a business book called Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath, Dan Heath. On deck is […]

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On the Art of Life and Vice Versa

Today I started reading Michael Kimmelman’s The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa and I’ve liked it so much that I’ve more or less finished it in an afternoon. I just finished the short story collection Stories from the Afterlife, by Quinn Dalton, and up next is Gail Jones’ Dreams of […]

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The Audacity of Hoping to Read Five Books This Month

My reading list this month includes the two Obama books, Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope, both of which I purchased during a random trip to Dartmouth and am very excited to take in.I’m also looking forward to our man Christian Bauman‘s third novel, In Hoboken, a new release from Melville House […]

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The Magus by John Fowles

At the start of this year I started reading The Magus by John Fowles. For some reason, I never heard about him at college or anywhere else. I think that this book was recommended in a Jesse Ball interview I was reading. So I ordered it from the library. And now I’m going to read […]

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January Staff Reading: Addendum

More IDT staffers chime in with their January reading lists…Mara Naselli: My reading life is chaos. There are books everywhere around the apartment, stacked, splayed open, or just scattered about. I’m reading Feasts and Riot for a freelance project I’m working on, and have at some time or another opened Tattooed Girl by Joyce Carol […]

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Ondaatje, Amis, and Autobiography: What Bauman’s Reading this Month

There were three novels back there: Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje, House of Meetings by Martin Amis, and Our Lady of the Forest by David Guterson. I won’t belabor except to say I truly enjoyed all three. Especially, of course, the new Ondaatje. He is, really, breathtaking. Since then, it has been the month of autobiography. […]

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Christian Bauman on Amazon Rankings

So here’s something: of course I look at Amazon. I’ve been published long enough now to have the Amazon ranking not matter so much to me, but there is something else I find addictive about Amazon: what books are offered at a discount if you buy it with one of mine. There is an algorithm […]

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Natasha’s Dance

I just started Orlando Figes’ excellent Natasha’s Dance: The Cultural History of Russia

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Staff Reading: May 2007

Matt Borondy: A couple of books I tore through recently that were really enjoyable, well written and informative (but not incredibly “literary”) were Chasing Cool, a new book about marketing by Noah Kerner and Gene Pressman, and Don’t Make Me Think, a classic on user interfaces (and writing for the web) by Steve Krug. I’m […]

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Some April IDT Staff Reading

Mara Naselli: The New New Journalism, a book of interviews edited by Robert Boynton, an essential reader for people interested in studying the craft of reporting nonfiction, and (rereading) John Hersey’s Hiroshima, a classic in of the narrative nonfiction form. Also, just arrived on my doorstep, a purchase inspired by a superb and hauntingly vivid […]

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