March Staff Reading List

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

“I’m reading The Best of Me by David Sedaris. It’s a great selected anthology of David’s writing that spans his entire career. I find his observations at airports and on flights especially funny. If I ever fly again I want to sit next to him.” –Erica Corwin

“I’m reading Zorrie by Laird Hunt. It’s a slim but lovely novel reminiscent of books by Kent Haruf.” –Donna Shear

The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories by Danielle Evans, and The Disaster Tourist by Yun Ko-eun, translated by Lizzie Buehler. Both are slim volumes that I read quickly but have been dwelling on long after their last pages. Evans’ stories are hard-hitting and timely, and Yun’s tale of casual morality feels like a trapped escape on pointe with the current historical moment. Both are highly recommended.” –Heather Stauffer

“I’ve just started reading Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself by Nedra Glover Tawwab. This sounds silly, but I’ve followed Nedra’s social media presence for years. She’s a therapist who offers really solid advice that I find myself identifying with and often sharing on my own social media stories. I’m finding this book useful so far, much like her social media presence. It’s broken into digestible sections and written in plain language, it’s just what I was hoping for when I ordered a copy.” –Lacey Losh

“In addition my ongoing read of War and Peace (and admitted page-flipping during many of the war parts) I’m reading The Testament of Mary by Colm Toíbin. It was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2012, a gift from Annie more than a year ago. It’s eighty-one pages of powerful writing that cannot be breezed through.” –Ann Baker

“I just finished reading These Violent Delights, a retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set in Shanghai, by Chloe Gong. I greatly enjoyed reading it and cannot wait for the sequel to come out later this year.” –Sarah Kee

“I’ve been reading Andrea Lankford’s Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks (Falcon, 2010). It is her account of working as a NPS ranger in Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and other natural wonder parks and struggling to maintain her idealism in the face of human foolishness and bureaucratic struggles. She shares the stories of other rangers who often put their lives on the line to save or protect people from the vagaries of nature and each other.” –Clark Whitehorn

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