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 finishing up Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell. If I ever plan a trip to the East Coast I’m referring back to this book for a variety of places to visit that are tied to the assassinations of Presidents Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley.” -Erica Corwin
“I’m currently reading Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. This book was recommended to me after listening to a recent NPR piece on the predatory practices of landlords and investment firms who own the land in mobile home parks across the US. The book does a spectacular job of following the lives and stories of individuals on both sides of the issue, combining these stories with details and statistics on the rental housing market in the US. It’s not a fun subject, so many people are being taken advantage of. So while the subject matter is upsetting, it feels important to me to understand it better.” -Lacey Losh
“My next book up is Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong. I didn’t select it because of the drop quote on the front cover: ‘Brilliant. . . . To read this book is to become more human’—because the font was too small for me to read, however, that would be a great outcome and I have hope.” -Tish Fobben
“I recently started Las moradas, Teresa de Jesus’s reflections on the complexities of the interior life. Reading her work from the sixteenth century in Spanish is a workout for my brain. I’ll be slowly making my way through this one.” -Haley Mendlik
“I just got back from traveling and so am in a self-imposed two-week quarantine. Given that I had nothing better to do than read last weekend, I got through Diana Wynne Jones’s Howl’s Moving Castle in two days. A very enjoyable, if somewhat hastily concluded, YA title. My book club is going to try to watch the movie version on an outdoor projector near Halloween!” -Elizabeth Zaleski
“I’ve been reading All’s Well by Mona Awad and Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney. I enjoyed the other books that were written by these two authors; and I’m excited to cross their newest releases off my TBR list!” -Sarah Kee