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March 13, 2020

Staff Reads: 3/13


Check out what we’ve been reading lately and let us know your book recommendations in the comments below!



Devoured Brandon Taylor’s Real Life, an absolute triumph of a debut that turns the campus novel inside out. Tender and glorious. —Kara Rota, senior editor


I just finished She Came to Slay by Erica Armstrong Dunbar. It’s a very pop-culture-driven biography of Harriet Tubman. I learned so much about her, and I love that it was written by a woman! Too many biographies have a male-centric perspective. I’m now onto Other People We Married by Emma Straub. I usually love her books, so I have high hopes for this one. —Jen DePoorter, marketing coordinator


Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid is a fresh, thought-provoking look at racial tensions. I really enjoyed the richness of the characters and complexity of their relationships. —Andrea Baird, marketing director


I just started on The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich. She’s been an author on my to-be-read list for a while, so I was thrilled to get my hands on a copy in our company book swap recently. I already have coworkers in line for when I finish, so I need to get back to it now.  —Michelle Williams, managing editor


I recently read The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré. It’s an important book that forced me to think about the struggles of women around the world. The main character defies the odds of life in Nigeria to get herself an education. It’s an important feminist read for Women’s History Month since it’s also written by a woman of color. —Sadie Teper, associate designer


At the moment, I’m finishing a reread of Harry Potter (always a recommended comfort if the world has you feeling a little overwhelmed), but I’m also about to start Because Internet by Gretchen McCulloch, which is a study of how language is evolving within and because of communication in online spaces. I’m really excited for this one, not just because I’m a bit of a linguistics nerd but also because it’s so exciting to realize that the Internet community (a space primarily occupied and directed by young people) has a real and measurable effect on how we speak, write, and share as a society. —Alex Granato, editorial and subrights associate


I’m reading The Pioneers by David McCullough, about the establishment of the Northwest Territory, the first westward expansion from the original 13 states, and the founding of the town of Marietta, Ohio, along the Ohio River. At this point in my reading they’ve gone through three terrible flu outbreaks. —Jerry Pohlen, senior editor



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