Time for #FridayReads! Here’s what we’re working on:
Editors Deb George and Alicia Montgomery are finishing Gone Girl.
Book News blogger Colin Dwyer: The Wilds by Julia Elliott (out Oct. 14). Reviewing it in October. Just a few pages in right now, but the first story already has me rapt, and more than a little bit unsettled. It’s like seeing a horror so elegantly rendered it’s almost beautiful — if it didn’t make my skin crawl. Hopefully the rest of the stories live up to the opening.
Code Switch’s Kat Chow: I’m reading Alex Tizon’s relatively recent memoir, Big Little Man.
Team member Beth: Boy On Ice by John Branch
Team member Rose: I’m reading The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck (out Nov. 11).
Lynette Clemetson: This weekend I’m starting The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace. I am eager to read it. I am also really dreading it.
Code Switch’s Carline Watson is in the same boat: Next on my pile of books to read is The Short Tragic Life of Robert Peace but having just finished Charles Blow’s memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, I fear I may have to tackle something a little lighter first.
Editor Luis Clemens: “Fighting to Honor a Father’s Last Wish: To Die at Home.” Wow. What a story.
Code Switch’s Matt Thompson: I just finished The Magician King by Lev Grossman. Here was my journey of reading that book: a) early chapters - “This is wry, but it won’t age well.” b) early-middle - “This is kinda fun, but I could be doing other things.” c) middle - “OK. I get it now. This is kind of boring, and I don’t particularly care about Quentin.” d) late middle - “Hmm, OK, I’m sorta into this.” e) late - “WHAT?! WHAT WAS THAT? PLEASE DON’T.” f) end - “I’m mildly curious about book three, but not enough to read this chapter excerpt.”
TV Critic Eric Deggans: I’m reading this compelling profile of one Eric H. Holder Jr. from Politico magazine.
Code Switch’s Karen Grigsby Bates: Startig Charles Blow’s memoir, Fire Shut Up In My Bones. Guessing it’s going to open a dialogue about abuse and the subsequent, long-term ripples it makes in the black community.
Intern Bita: The Complete Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino. Shout-out to Colin, whose review of it I fact-checked (thanks for the page numbers, homie!), thus being utterly convinced it would strike a chord in my heart. And it does <3 <3