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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??
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]
Bookrageous Favorites Out Today!
The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman — The final book in a trilogy we’ve discussed approximately 7 zillion times.
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay — Essays on feminism, race, pop culture, personal quirks, and why it’s OK to be a contradiction sometimes.
"I’m eating dinner with the man I slept with two years ago, last year, and maybe this year, too. We’re sitting at a weathered picnic table, gorging ourselves on spicy fish tacos and beer. We don’t usually eat out when we see each other because he doesn’t ever have any money."
The assignment was to eat in a restaurant and write a restaurant review that is not a restaurant review. I ended up writing a short story. Read Cafe de la Esquina over at The Morning News.
(It’s really shocking I wrote some fiction involving food, isn’t it.)
Tigerman by Nick Harkaway is this week’s Bookrageous Favorite. It’s out now! We could not love it more! Read it!