Staff Reading: May 2007
Robert Birnbaum: The Pesthouse by Jim Crace; The Unknown Terrorist by Richard Flanagan; Fellow Travelers by Thom Mallon; The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon by Crystal Zevon; the reviews of god is not Great by Christopher Hitchens (I’m not sure as much as I like reading Hitchens, that the subject really interests me); the various articles by Michael Connelly (LA Times), Pat Holt (Holt Uncensored #398) and Mikimoto Rich (NYT) on the (imperiled) state of newspaper book reviewing; “The Return of the Idiot” by Alvaro Vargas Llosa in Foreign Policy; the (almost incomprehensible) instruction manual of my digital camcorder; the umpire guidelines and rules for the Newton MA Central Little League
Drew McNaughton: Collapse by Jared Diamond; The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle
Alexandra Tursi: I’ve been lost in Paul Auster lately – read The New York Trilogy and Oracle Night. Now I’m reading City of Illusions. Others on my nightstand are The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak and Mergers & Acquisitions by Dana Vachon, which I’m told is a Bright Lights, Big City for our generation. I’m also hoping to start Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart because I loved The Russian Debutante’s Handbook.
Jane Friedman: I just finished Baby Love by Rebecca Walker; currently reading The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver and Thank You for Arguing by Jay Heinrichs. More interesting is what I’m editing — a humor book forthcoming from TOW Books this September: Really, You’ve Done Enough: A Parents’ Guide to Stop Parenting Their Adult Child Who Still Needs Their Money But Not Their Advice (by Sarah Walker).
Ross Simonini: The Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson; Galatea 2.2 by Richard Powers; The Palm Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola
Summer Block: I am (shamefully) reading Scott Turow‘s mystery novel The Burden of Proof — I ran out of books while backpacking around Japan and found a free copy at the Kyoto Visitor’s Center.