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What We’re Reading This Week — Jenn
Brian Francis Slattery is another of those authors I’ve read everything they’ve ever written (if you are new to him, start with Liberation, it will knock your socks off — dystopian heist centereda round economic injustice!) and this past weekend I had the pleasure of finishing his newest, The Family Hightower, which comes out on September 9 from sevenstoriespress. While it is also deeply concerned with economic issues, it’s a modern saga at a mafia-connected family (the eponymous Hightowers), plus a case of mistaken identity. It rambles all over the world, but its heart is split between Cleveland and Ukraine, and the timing of publication really strikes me. While it doesn’t address them directly (plus, it’s a novel, not meant to be a primer on international relations and economics), it certainly gives you a sideways look at the context of the current unrest in Ukraine, and the continued struggles of the American economy. If you are a Godfather fan, you should pick it up. If you’re a Slattery fan, you should pick it up. And if you are a Middlesex fan, you should pick it up.
I’m also rereading The Giver by Lois Lowry, because I probably will see the movie at some point and also it’s been 20 years since I first read it. I can’t believe how much of it I’d forgotten! Am I the only one that only just discovered the Citizen Kane reference??
What We’re Reading This Week — Rebecca
What I’m reading this week is what Josh and Jenn have told me to read! Josh mentioned Dataclysm (Crown, September)on Twitter a while back, and I’m fascinated and horrified in equal measure by the behaviors and preferences and data-driven insights Christian Rudder reveals from information collected at his company OKCupid and other big social networks. This is Big Data broken down to look at how the actions of a whole bunch of individuals add up to social movements and racism and all kinds of interesting, problematic stuff. I don’t love all of it, but I can’t look away.
And for something *completely* different and crazy compelling, I’ve just started A Girl is a Half-formed Thing based on Jenn’s recommendation. Too early to say anything substantial, but I’m enjoying it so far.
There’s something wrong with the teens in this town! And everyone’s worried about the girls and the puberty and oh my god… Megan Abbott has this way of taking our collective high school yearbook and jury-rigging it into a bear trap.
- Paul on THE FEVER by Megan Abbott [Episode 72]