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.
“On Heather Stauffer’s recommendation, I recently finished reading When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole. The fictitious Brooklyn neighborhood community in this book is heartwarming, until its members start disappearing without explanation. Themes of gentrification, white supremacy, mental illness, white-washing history, and generational wealth add to the disturbing plot of this thriller.” -Lacey Losh
“I’ve been reading Anthony Loyd’s My War Gone By, I Miss it So, a memoir of a heroin-addicted former soldier who served as a war correspondent during the Bosnian conflict. It’s a harrowing account from a journalist who routinely traveled into combat zones and who used the exhilaration/terror of the battlefield as a substitute high for his drug addiction.” -Clark Whitehorn
“I just finished How to Keep House While Drowning: A Gentle Approach to Cleaning and Organizing by KC Davis. It was a fast read and included some game-changing advice, like the idea that doing a chore today is an act of kindness to your future self. Also, you don’t work for your home, your home works for you!” -Erica Corwin
“I’m currently reading Bluets by Maggie Nelson, a sort of prose poetry book of 240 short pieces that discuss the color blue along with a whole host of other lovely, sad, very human topics. It’s affecting the way I see and think about all colors and inspiring me to pay more attention to the blues around me.” -Tayler Lord
“YA series have unexpectedly filled my reading list lately. Marie Lu’s Legend got me hooked to finish the whole series about a dystopian future where the plague has been weaponized. On a much-needed lighter side, Terry Pratchett’s Truckers (well, really the whole Book of Nomes series) explores the exploits of department store nomes facing an existential crisis when they see signs from above….’Sold’ and ‘Everything Must Go.'”- Heather Stauffer
“I just finished reading Babel by R.F. Kuang and loved the book. The story follows Robin Swift, a Chinese boy raised in Britain, while he studies at Oxford University’s Royal Institute of Translation (Babel) and finds himself caught between Babel and the Hermes Society, an organization dedicated to sabotaging Britain’s imperial expansion.” -Sarah Kee
“I’ve just picked up The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, where a young boy is brought into a fantastical world through the pages of a mysterious book. I never read it as a child, despite it being a beloved novel for young readers, nor have I seen the movie, so I’m excited to see where it goes.” -Taylor Martin