October 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 These Children Who Come at You with Knives by Jim Knipfel. I love fairy tales in any form and this collection of short stories take a satirical look at the classic fairy tale. Up next is The Frankenstein Diaries, the personal diaries and papers of Viktor Frankenstein. It is October, afterall!”—Jane Ferreyra

 “I recently finished The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. I picked it up after seeing several glowing reviews online and now I see what all the hype was about! The novel does a spectacular job of intertwining fantasy and mythology with the mundane and the ordinary.”—Shannyn McEntee

“I finally finished Howard’s End, by E. M. Forster. I don’t know what took me so long, as it turned out to be a masterpiece. The climax in action includes the most hilariously understated pronouncement of death I’ve ever read.”—Elizabeth Zaleski

“I decided to pick The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman off the shelf this month. I love his work, and I’ve been doing a lot of heavy reading lately. So I decided it was time for an enjoyable, seasonal story.”—Lacey Losh

“I just started The Perfume Thief by Timothy Schaffert. He sure creates some spicy characters! I really want to see this book made into a movie.”—Erica Corwin

“I’m one-third of the way through The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker (hardcover 2018, paperback in 2020). I saw it recommended somewhere. I am an introvert and I have a tendency to shy away from gatherings. However, since so many gatherings have been off limits or changed over the course of the pandemic, I now better recognize (slowly, reluctantly) how much I have relied on gatherings to enrich, organize, and make sense of my life. The book covers a wide range of gatherings—from global summits to board meetings to more personal ones such as funerals, wedding, showers, and birthday parties. As you might imagine, the author encourages a very intentional approach to planning gatherings and she provides an array of examples. Reading it is a bit like people watching, from a safe distance.”—Tish Fobben

“I’ve been listening to the audiobook version of Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann this past week. It follows the investigation of the murders of members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma during the 1920s and the FBI’s involvement in trying to solve the that were crimes taking place.” —Sarah Kee

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