August 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 I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid. I couldn’t stop thinking about this movie when I saw it. I watched it twice in one week. I talked to people about what they thought it meant. Just days ago, I discovered the movie was based on this book, so I picked up a copy immediately. I love how the movie closely mirrors the written story, but also ties things together a bit more. It was fascinating to get a little closure on something that’s been in the back of my head for a couple years.” -Lacey Losh

“I’m reading Revival by Stephen King. I’m not totally sure what to make of it yet or where it’s going… but I need to find out!” -Rosemary Sekora

“I’m reading Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus. Now I’m wondering how I missed this movement in its heyday, especially when a high school friend started a riot grrrl group in Omaha. I feel so lame.” -Erica Corwin

“I just finished Wayward by Dana Spiotta, about a middle-aged woman, Sam, whose comfortable, suburban life is falling apart as the US is falling apart. She sees a beautiful wreck of a house in Syracuse (NY) and impulsively decides to buy it, leaving her husband and daughter. This was a birthday gift from my sister-in-law who did a workshop with the author. I enjoyed it overall, (finished reading it on a flight back from Syracuse!) and though the main character is not very likeable, she’s valiantly struggling to get a grip and that is very relatable.” -Annie Shahan

“I’m enjoying a few nonfiction books in my TBR stack. The Bright Agesby Matthew Gabriele and David M. Perry, looks at the era that modern culture views as synonymous with ‘dark/backward/Medieval.’ The authors explore how this was actually a time of ingrained multiculturalism and great social changes that set the stage for the Renaissance. Also, Annalee Newitz’s Four Lost Cities explores the locations and generations of residents of urban centers that may be resigned to history but still have much to teach modern populations.” -Heather Stauffer

“I started reading Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Signal to Noisewhich is about a girl who discovers how to cast spells using music and has to return to Mexico City twenty years later to deal with the fallout. I’ve enjoyed her other books so I’m excited to read this one as well!” -Sarah Kee

“I’ve just picked up Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner, which is about two couples and their relationships together. Right before this, I finished The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, a retelling of The Iliad from the perspective of Patroclus. I’ve really been on a kick of wanting to read about people and their introspective lives and relationships lately.” -Taylor Martin

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