Our staff's reading list for October includes books by Jhumpa Lahiri, Aimee Bender, Allan Gurganus, Lisa Fugard, Naomi Wolf, Jane Smiley, Bob Hicok, and other authors.
What We’re Reading
Books we're reading this November include a Leonard Cohen biography by Sylvie Simmons, The Headmaster's Wager by Vincent Lam, On Christian Contemplation by Thomas Merton, Both Flesh and Not by DFW, Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins, Best American Short Stories 2012, A Good Fall by Ha Jin, and many other titles.
The Identity Theory staff reading list for March 2012 includes new stuff by Dan Chaon, Don Lee, Laird Hunt and more.
I'm finishing up Lethem's Chronic City and Hugh Barker/Yuval Taylor’s Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music.
Matt Borondy is reading two poetry books: Turtle Island by Gary Snyder and our music editor Anna-Lynne's new one.
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.
A sampling of books we are reading this May...
I've got the latest issues of American Short Fiction and One Story next to me on my couch, alongside James Hannaham's God Says No and the new Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor by Brad Gooch (the latter two by Little, Brown).
The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt is a terrific, imaginative story of the great inventor Tessla and a chambermaid at the Hotel New Yorker.