July 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. 

“UNP’s mystery novel Deer Season by Erin Flanagan was propelled to the top of my reading list when it won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel by an American Author. It’s a page-turner, so I recommend clearing your schedule before cracking this one open!”-Kayla Wentz

“In preparation for the streaming series, I’m re-reading Brian K Vaughan and Cliff Chiang’s Paper GirlsI read the issues as they were released, so revisiting the story all at once is a new experience, especially since I don’t have to wait years between cliffhangers. For interested readers, Image Comics recently released a compendium.” -Heather Stauffer

“I’m currently reading Karen Thompson Walker’s The Age of Miracles. I picked it up as a little brain break in between heavy memoirs, historic nonfiction, etc., and this is actually my second time reading it. It was part of the curriculum in one of my undergrad English classes, and I couldn’t remember how it ended. It’s a light novel narrated by a young girl that is living through the earth’s slowing of its rotation and how it’s changing her life and the whole world around her.” -Taylor Rothgeb

“I’m currently reading Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor, which was recommended by a friend. It’s the first book in a series combining the themes of science fiction, time travel, fantasy, and historical fiction. I’m not usually one to get hooked on a series, but I expect I’ll pick up at least a few more of these when I’m finished reading this.” -Lacey Losh

“I am reading Big Damn Hero by James Lovegrove. I recently had some time to kill, so I wandered into Barnes & Noble, just to wander around and see if anything caught my eye. This is a Firefly novel and I am one of those annoying people who still longs for the show to come back. I am only a couple of chapters in, but it already reminds me of the show. There are three or four more books in the series and I’m pretty sure I will read them as well.” -Rob Buchanan

“I’m a few years late, I know, but I just finished Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. It’s eye-opening look at a piece of history I knew very little about. Although I can’t wait to see Leonardo DiCaprio as Ernest and Lily Gladstone as Mollie in the upcoming film.” -Rosemary Sekora

“I’m reading Excellent Women by Barbara Pym. Excellent editor, Andrew Berzanskis at University of Washington Press, gifted a copy to me at a conference this spring. He’s a fan of Pym’s work, and I’m quickly becoming one, too.” -Bridget Barry

“I’m currently reading All the Murmuring Bones by A. G. Slatter, which is about a family that struck a deal with the mer for prosperity (i.e. safe passage for their ships in return for a child of each generation). It has been a fun gothic read so far, and I definitely stayed up way too late last night reading it because I couldn’t put it down!” -Sarah Kee

“I’m currently reading Slogum House by Mari Sandoz, a Nebraska author, which Heather recommended to me. It’s about a woman that has created and molded her family in order to fulfill her personal goals of revenge, power, and financial gain in a western Nebraska county. It’s dark and gritty and really hooks you in, wondering if the Slogum matriarch will ever be defeated.” -Taylor Martin

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