It’s time for #FridayReads! Here’s what we’re working on:
Kat Chow: I’m reading The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison! (I recommend it. It’s a really thoughtful collection of essays.)
Founding Mother Susan Stamberg: When Books Went to War by Molly Guptill Manning — librarians sent thousands of free books to U.S. troops during WWII.
Tom Cole: On Highway 61: Music, Race, and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom by Dennis McNally. A lot of folks around here know Dennis as the longtime publicist for the Grateful Dead. But he’s got a PhD in American history and wrote an important book on Jack Kerouac. Fascinating guy and an interesting book.
Andrew Limbong: I picked up Jennifer Egan’s Emerald City.
Bob Mondello: I just re-read Raymond Carver’s short story “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” because there’s a fascinatingly imaginative riff on it in Michael Keaton’s new movie Birdman.
And I’m halfway through book 3 of the Outlander series, because I clearly have an addictive personality.
How about you?