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October 12, 2018

Staff Reads – October 12, 2018


Check out what we’ve been reading below and let us know if you have any recommendations on what to read next!

9781101947135I recently finished Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. It’s a beautiful debut novel that traces the ancestry of two half sisters in Ghana that were never allowed to meet. Spanning 300 years, it’s an incredible and horrific look at history, colonialism and slavery in Ghana and America and how those events shaped individuals’ lives and fates. I highly recommend it. —Jen DePoorter, marketing coordinator

I’ve recently been savoring Bill Cunningham’s posthumously published memoir Fashion Climbing in small increments, trying to make the delight of his writing voice last as long as possible. —Allison Felus, director of production91KiNJz2PHL

I’m currently reading How to Be Both by Ali Smith. It’s a really beautiful novel about grief and art and it has an amazing voice—full of humor even in dark moments. —Alex Granato, editorial assistant

I just finished The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin! Highly recommend if you’re a fan of well-written and fully developed fantasy worlds. Now I’m torn between what book to start next. Debating between Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann, Emma by Jane Austen or A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman. If anyone has opinions about this, please let me know. I truly can’t decide. SOS. —Emily Lewis, marketing associate

51d4ZbvZ8NL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_I’ve been reading Bushwhacking on a Grand Scale, a concise history of the Battle of Chickamauga. I’m working on a family history, and ten of my ancestors fought in the 1863 battle—all Union, thankfully. One cousin was killed on the final day of fighting, one was captured and later died at Andersonville Prison and the rest survived, including (luckily) my 3rd great-grandfather. Chickamauga is second only to Gettysburg in casualties—almost 35,000 killed or wounded. I never realized just how well documented Civil War battles can be, making it easy to trace the steps of each soldier throughout the three-day battle. The book is a mix of history and travel guide, and I hope to tour the battlefield next year. —Jerome Pohlen, senior editor

Ben Austen’s High-Risers and Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns. —Yuval Taylor, senior editor91lKQ1w00DL

I’m about halfway through There There by Tommy Orange. The characters are slowly coalescing, and I’m both unwilling to set the book down and horrified at what is to come. The writing is beautiful and heartrending. —Michelle Williams, managing editor


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