Friday Reads

Friday Reads - March 22, 2019

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I’ve been making my way slowly through Jamel Brinkley’s impressive debut short story collection, A Lucky Man, since the beginning of the year. I’m reading slowly because each story invites reflection. The stories haunt me for days and sometime weeks, and I like staying with the imagery and characters until I feel like I’m ready to move on to the next story. Not to be missed!—Shari

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I've been waiting so many years for a new book by Barry Lopez (one of my very favorite writers) that I was a little worried I’d be disappointed by Horizon. Silly me. We’re in very capable, generous hands. Horizon is part autobiography, part travelogue, part nature writing, and part rumination on human history, the state of the world, and how we’ll ever save ourselves. Complemented with maps, illuminating notes, a list of scientific binomials, a compelling bibliography, and, glory of glories, an index—his book is beautiful and important and full of tenderness. I’m only 60 pages in out of more than 570, and I’m going to go slowly so I can stay in Lopez’s language for as long as possible. —Rebecca

Friday Reads - January 4, 2019

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You should definitely look out for Sounds Like Titanic when it hits bookstores on February 12. It makes for compelling reading. In this memoir, Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman addresses subjects like classical music, class, living in a female body, fakery and so much more. And I haven’t even mentioned the main storyline— '“performing” as a violinist for a strange composer who uses a CD during his concerts. Thanks to W.W. Norton for this giveaway copy!—Shari

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The complete facsimile hardbound compilation of all 12 original issues of the South Polar Times, the magazine written, illustrated, typed, and bound by expedition members during the long Antarctic winters of Robert Falcon Scott’s Discovery (1901-1904) and Terra Nova (1910-1913) expeditions. This great iceberg of a book is a treasure, filled with fascinating descriptions of daily life, songs, poems, sketches, photographs, and watercolors. I’ve barely dipped in and think I’ll be lingering for awhile. —Rebecca

Friday Reads - December 14, 2018

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I just finished Normal People, by Sally Rooney. I read this book in two days and highly recommend it! Rooney is great at writing dialogue and characters that feel real. This is the UK edition with a cover I much prefer to the US edition coming next summer. —Shari

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I’m reading Erebus, by Michael Palin (yes, that Michael Palin). History, adventure, polar exploration, seafaring, smart writing, loads of research, maps and black-and-white photographs. What’s not to love? Also, yes, this is the UK cover. Why is the UK cover always so much cooler? —Rebecca

Friday Reads - November 9, 2018

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Shari is reading the brilliant and intense Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah.

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Rebecca just finished reading a great book last night, so is going to dip into two beautiful looking books that landed in her hands week: Denise Parsons’ novel, After the Sour Lemon Moon, and Joseph Massey’s chapbook, Present Conditions.

Friday Reads - October 26, 2018

In anticipation of our Writers’ Process Night on November 3*, we’re revisiting our participating authors’ most recent books, which is only making us more excited to hear Camille and Peter reading and discuss their thoughts on the writing process.

*Haven’t bought your tickets yet? It’s not too late!

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The poems in Camille Guthrie’s Articulated Lair were written in response to the life and work of artist Louise Bourgeois (the book’s title comes from one of Bourgeois’ 1986 installation of the same name). The poems are sculptural themselves. They are concrete, with lines constructed of their own steel and marble, while also open to allow in light, reflecting the art, the artist, and the poet all at once. Simply beautiful.

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Peter Orner’s Am I Alone Here? is a fantastic collection of essays about reading and writing and being human that will appeal to rabid readers or anyone who just loves great writing. His essays wheel from funny to tender and everything in between. We love this book!