November 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 am finally reading The Breaking of Northwall by Paul O. Williams. It’s the first book in the Pelbar Cycle and part of our Beyond Armageddon series. All seven books have been on my shelf for years and I finally got around to it. It’s set long after a nuclear war and the remaining people in what was once the United States are divided into several tribes, with the Pelbarigans being very resistant to change. Unfortunately for them, change is coming and they are going to have to adapt to survive.” -Rob Buchanan

I’m planning to start Matrix by Lauren Groff over the holiday. I’m a huge fan of Groff’s writing and this book was a National Book Award finalist this year, so I’m excited to get into it.” –Tayler Lord

“I recently finished the audiobook for Günter Grass’s 1959 The Tin Drum. A key work of Vergangenheitsbewältigung, or loosely, the struggle to overcome the horrors of the past (Grass fought for Nazi Germany and yet later won a Nobel), it’s perhaps not surprising that the book is extremely bizarre, containing, among many other images that will be hard to forget, literature’s second-worst scene involving a horse head (after The Godfather).” –Elizabeth Zaleski

“I’m almost done with Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s—loved it and Midge’s musings. Up next is The Snatch Racket: The Kidnapping Epidemic that Terrorized 1930s America, which promises to deliver a fascinating crime-centric nonfiction read.” -Jane Ferreyra

“I’m just finishing People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. This is an excellent tale to help remind us that we are often part of the long life of an object, as much as that object is a part of our lives. Following a book through its centuries-long journey, the people who created it, touched it, and made impacts upon it, makes for fascinating historical fiction.” –Lacey Losh

“I plan to treat myself this holiday by reading Greg Sestero’s The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made. My introduction to The Room was spoons flying overhead of the rowdiest theater crowd I’ve ever encountered, uninitiated up to that point but a lifelong fan ever since. But how does this movie get made, who made it, how has it accrued an audience, and how does all of that convince the Franco brothers to make such a sincere movie about its creation? I’ll finally read about it from someone who was there (oh hi Mark).” -Andrew Cheatham

“I just read Joy Castro’s new novel, Flight Risk. It had excellent layers and stuck with me for a few days after finishing it. Plus, it rubbed some people the wrong way on Goodreads, which makes it that much better!” -Rosemary Sekora

“I’m about to start reading Red Rising by Pierce Brown. It was recommended to me by Rosemary when I first started working at UNP and I’m excited to finally read it!” -Sarah Kee

“I just finished The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music by Dave Grohl. After covering his path from his early bands to Nirvana to the Foo Fighters it turns out one of the most important performances of his life was performing Blackbird with one of his daughters at her school talent show. I feel sorry for the kid who had to perform after them.” -Erica Corwin

“I am currently reading The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. As a book club pick, and probably one I wouldn’t pick up myself, I had a hard time getting into the story. However, once I started to enjoy it, I realized that I had encountered a great find. A whodunit mystery at it’s finest, it will keep you guessing the identity of the killer within a complex, yet unique, array of characters.” -Emily Casillas

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