May 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 just finished SJ Sindu’s Blue Skinned Gods and really loved it. It’s one of those novels that stays with you for a few weeks after; the characters linger in your mind.” -Rosemary Sekora

“I just finished reading Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li, which was one of my most anticipated books for this year. I highly recommend it if you love a good heist novel that also grapples with colonialism in the art world.” -Sarah Kee 

“I just finished Dead Silence by S. A. Barnes. It’s a space horror novel about the crew on a small ship who discover a luxury liner that disappeared 20 years ago, six months into a year long voyage. The engines are dead and they can see dead passengers through a huge atrium, but the lure of the salvage rights is too strong to resist. I just happened across this one while looking for something different to read and I’m glad I picked it up.” -Rob Buchanan

“I just finished Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan, an autobiography of a New York Post writer that develops a severe autoimmune disease in her early twenties and spends several months in and out of the hospital trying to identify what is causing the debilitating psychosis and other neurological symptoms she experiences. I have an autoimmune disease myself, so it was really interesting and inspiring to read about another young adult recovering from her own and living a very full life. One of my favorite books yet!” -Taylor Rothgeb

“I just finished reading Meet Me at the Museum, by Anne Youngson. It’s an epistolary novel that follows the blossoming relationship between a lonely farmer’s wife in the UK who is fascinated with the Tollund man, (a perfectly preserved 5th century BC man found in a bog in Denmark in 1950), and the widowed curator of the Danish museum in which the Tollund man resides. It’s a delightful read recommended to me by my sister-in-law.” -Andrea Shahan

“After enjoying Pachinko last year, I looked forward to Min Jin Lee’s Free Food for Millionaires this month, and it did not disappoint. Set in the 1990s, the scope is more contained, but the themes of family, identity, tradition, and balancing desires with responsibilities play significant roles in both novels. Recommended for readers awaiting season 2 of Pachinko on streaming.” -Heather Stauffer

“I recently finished Unauthorized Bread by Cory Doctorow. This was an excellent dystopian novella of the variety that’s almost uncomfortably plausible. It’s very well written and explores social and structural issues like immigration, class, and corporate control.” -Lacey Losh

“I’m slowly working my way through Echo by Thomas Olde Heuvelt. It hasn’t grabbed me quite like his previous book, Hex, but the moments where it explores the sense of no longer recognizing a person you love, wondering if you never even knew someone who is now wholly monstrous, are stomach-churning and horrifying.” -Jackson Adams

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