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February 5, 2016

Staff Reads: February 5, 2016


Happy National Storytelling week! Read below to find out what the CRP staff has read and listened to this week.

I was devastated to come to the end of Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff earlier this week (and that’s not a spoiler—I was just sad for it to end). If you’ve read any reviews of the book, you probably know it’s split into two parts. The first half is certainly enjoyable, but the second half becomes this beautiful meditation on marriage and perspective, with lots of nods to Shakespeare and Sophocles to boot. After hanging on every word of the audio version, I still felt compelled to sit down with the print book and reread a few of the closing chapters. –Caitlin Eck, publicity manager

I just finished reading Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan. It’s full of hilarious musings on all things food and drink (some of which you can hear in his standup), but my favorite passage might be the section on seafood, which he calls “seabugs”: “Shellfish are bugs. They have a shell like a bug. They have tons of spindly legs and crawl around like bugs (I have a four-leg maximum on things I’ll eat). They even have antennae, like, well, like monsters, frankly. Shellfish are probably monsters.” Next up is Nickolas Butler’s Shotgun Lovesongs. –Ellen Hornor, project editor

I just saw that Chicago will have a spring Chicago Humanities Fest. The article teases some of the speakers, but I’ll be looking forward to see the full roster. And I’ve been catching up on previous episodes of The Next Picture Show podcast on my commute. –Mary Kravenas, marketing manager

Why you should listen to your food but you really shouldn’t read on the Tour de France unless you want to be injured or disqualified. —Emily Lewis, editorial and marketing assistant

In the run up to Samantha Bee returning to TV, “Inside the mind of the first female late-night host.” –Meaghan Miller, senior publicist and social media coordinator

I’m in the middle of two very good books: Difficult Loves by Italo Calvino, a collection of his earliest short stories, and Excess Returns: A Comparative Study of the Methods of the World’s Greatest Investors by Frederik Vanhaverbeke, a wonderful guide to investing that, unfortunately, is hard to get in the United States. –Yuval Taylor, senior editor

-compiled by Emily Lewis

Tell us what you’ve been reading in the comments, or let us know on Twitter or Instagram. #CRPreads


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