What We’re Reading

UNP staff members are always reading new books, both within our list and outside of what we publish. Here are some of the books where our noses have been buried.

June Staff Reading List


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Britt-Marie Was Here: A Novel

Fredrik Backman

“This was a last-minute library find, and I enjoyed it much more than expected. The title character takes some getting used to, but she is a good blend of earnestness, compassion, and compulsion. Recommended for readers who enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.” —Heather Stauffer


Punk Rock: An Oral History

John Robb

“It comprises of interviews of first and second wave English punk musicians, producers, and label owners… It’s incredible how many musicians were influenced by 1950s African American rock and roll, like Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and also Jerry Lee Lewis and Bill Haley, but also The Stooges, Grand Funk Railroad, Frank Zappa, Humble Pie and others. There’s important and ample recollections of the best bands in the ‘Pub Rock’ scene and influential but not famous bands, the precursors of influence to the punk explosion, but bands few people know about.” —Matt Bokovoy



The Last Bookaneer

Matthew Pearl

“It’s set in the 1890s and tells the story of people stealing and publishing manuscripts! I thought it would be such an adventure story that I would get swept up in it and wouldn’t be able to put it down, but I haven’t been swept yet.” —Erica Corwin


My Life at Grey Gardens: 13 Months and Beyond

Lois Wright

” I recently went to a local production of Grey Gardens (a musical) and then re-watched the 1975 documentary. In the film a birthday party was thrown for Big Edie. There were two guests at the party, one which was Lois Wright. Curious about who she was we stumbled upon this little gem of a book! I can’t wait for it to arrive, read it, and then loan it to Erica Corwin!” —Amy Lage


Golden Son: Red Rising Saga, Book 2

Pierce Brown

“On to book two! Fun fact: The agent for this series is the very same as our forthcoming book Problematic (Potomac Books, Oct. 2018).” —Rosemary Sekora


The Samurai’s Garden: A Novel

Gail Tsukiyama

“Taking a small break from science fiction with this quiet, contemplative historical fiction I stumbled upon at my favorite local bookstore. Tsukiyama handles cultural differences, strained relationships, and a violent war with a careful hand and a poet’s eye for simplicity and beauty.” —Anna Weir

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