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What to Read This Summer, According to Our Staff

Ahh summer. An idyllic time where, if all goes the way it’s meant to, obligations slowly shift from the grind of paperwork to the bliss of book-reading. While we’re already over-the-moon excited to begin our inaugural book club with you all, we wanted to present you with even more wonderful stories we’re reading on the side. Our staffers have picked out their choice of books published in the summer, or to be published this summer, that we cannot wait to read (or share with you)!

The Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan

 

“At the height of the Great Famine of the 1840s, the hero of Egan’s new book, Thomas Meagher, led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony. He promptly escaped and turned up in America, where he led the New York-based Irish Brigade in some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War and later won a post as territorial governor of Montana. A Pulitzer-winning New York Times reporter and columnist, Egan is the author of The Worst Hard Time, about America in the Dustbowl years, which won a National Book Award. [I can’t wait to read] The immortal Irishman because it sounds like a captivating true life story.”

Sarah Hill, CEO

All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister

 

“Despite what De Beers would have you think, only 20 percent of American women are married by age 29, a startling demographic shift that Traister examines in this group portrait of America’s female singletons. Based on interviews with academics, social scientists, and, of course, single ladies, this book shows how unmarried women have historically brought about great social change — and will continue to do so in the future. [I’m excited for] All the Single Ladies because I’ve never heard of a book discussing just unmarried women throughout history.”

Sarah Hill, CEO

Zero K by Don DeLillo

 

“I am – and have been for the past several months – so excited for Don Delilo’s Zero K, which came out in May! There’s something about dystopias that makes me all warm and fuzzy inside and Delilo’s short stories are some of my favorites. He’s a beautiful short form writer and I’m eager to read more of his novels.”

Emily Roese, Staff Writer

Patience by Daniel Clowes

 

“Daniel Clowes is so good at turning creative-angsty-youth into unsettling and poignant graphic novels. Ghost World is by far one of my favorite graphic novels with it’s combination of colorful drawings and brilliantly-witty dialogue. I expect nothing less from Patience.”

Gabby Segal, Managing Editor

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

 

“Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi weaves a story of two half sisters who experience completely different lives, one filled with privilege and luxury and the other with slavery and hardship. Through this tale, we are reminded of how much of an impact the smallest choice can make on our entire lives.”

Epiphany Espinosa, Sales Manager

Underground Airlines by Ben Winters

 

 

“Underground Airlines introduces readers into an alternate universe where the Civil War never happened and slavery was still legal. Readers have the opportunity to experience a world that erases one of the biggest parts of our history.”

Epiphany Espinosa, Sales Manager

The Big Picture by Sean Carroll

 

“A book I want to read this year is called The Big Picture by Sean Carroll. I have always been interested in outer space and the universe itself. Science always sparks my curiosity which is very important to me. Neil deGrasse Tyson has highly recommended this book, and that is good enough for me!”

Adam Spera, Editorial Intern

Your Song Changed My Life by Bob Boilen

 

 

“Bob Boilen of NPR Music is one of the greatest music critics we have because he allows new music to stand alongside the classic albums of the past, instead of competing with them. His new book is a series of intimiate interviews with rock and pop musicians that spans generations, from Jimmy Page to Dave Grohl to St. Vincent. Intercutting between their musings over the songs that inspired them to play are flashbacks to what was happening in music at that time and in that place, and how these spectacular artists carry that torch.”

Zane Warman, Staff Writer

Fight Club 2 by Chuck Palahniuk

 

“I loved the Fight Club 1 and I’m excited to see what happens with Tyler Durden ten years later. Looking forward to another one of Palahniuk’s tales of violence and anarchy!”

Sergey Novgorodsky, CTO

My Struggle: Book 5 by Karl Ove Knausgaard

 

 

“I am really looking forward to digging into Book Five of My Struggle. Hopefully I can prolong the process so by the time I finish, book six will be on the shelves. In the meantime I just have to avoid any Norwegians who might spoil the series for me, as all the books are published there. Reading this series is a huge commitment, but anyone with a vested interest in literature owes it to themselves to at least check it out. Karl Ove Knausgaard delves deeper into his personal history and consciousness than any writer I’ve seen. It’s bizarre being so invested in the gossip of a stranger’s life, but when I’m not reading him, I almost feel a companionship with his soul as I trudge the minutea of my own life. In a strange way, connecting so deeply with his life forces me to connect with my own.”

William Floyd, Editorial Intern

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