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July 18, 2019

Staff Reads – 7-18


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


“I just finished Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi. It wasn’t as plot-based as books I tend to like usually are, but I love magical realism and fairytales so it was a fun read. I’ve moved onto The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian and I can’t put it down. I didn’t read much, if any, Sherman Alexie in high school or college, and I’m ready to dig into more of his work.” —Jen DePoorter, marketing coordinator 

“My new favorite for the morning commute: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Gmorning, Gnight! Lovely, light, and uplifting; it’s as easy to read as scrolling Twitter, if Twitter was filtered to make you feel better about the world.” —Alex Granato, editorial and subrights associate

“I’m reading The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson. I first discovered her when she gave a talk during a creative writing class at Occidental College, my alma mater. At the time she had talked about a book she was working on and little did I know she had been working on this amazing memoir. Her insights are incredibly personal and philosophical, exploring a little bit of everything: gender fluidity, bodies, writing, motherhood, etc.” —Emily Lewis, marketing associate  

“Last week I read There There by Tommy Orange, which blew me away with its visceral, lyrical, totally original sentences and a super ambitious intergenerational, intertwined plot that trades off chapters between multiple narrators and blew up in an emotional climax in the book’s last section. I’ll be thinking about this one for a while.” —Kara Rota, senior editor

“I’m currently reading The Wicked King by Holly Black, which follows up The Cruel Prince. I’ve always liked books about Faeries because every author depicts them differently. Holly Black manages to both intrigue and terrify readers with her faery tales. Her main character, Jude, is a human living in the faery world and her story to find her place resonates with young readers who might be struggling with the same thing. The third and final book comes out this fall and I can’t wait to see what happens next!” —Stefani Szenda, marketing associate

“I’m currently reading Ocean Vuong’s novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. It’s beautifully rendered meditations on love and self are piercing and provoking.” —Michelle Williams, managing editor


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