What We’re Reading & What You Missed Wednesday // July 11
Lauren recommends Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg, an exhilarating story of love, heists, and history set in 18th-century London.
Bonnie recommends My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh, a dark but hilarious novel about a woman decides to hibernate for an entire year with the help of a quack psychiatrist and her loyal best friend.
Mel recommends Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, a fascinating reimagining of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale. When Miryem takes over her father’s moneylending business, her expertise brings great wealth and great danger.
Em recommends When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri, a funny, sexy, subversive romance with two heroines you’ll want to root for.
Marlene recommends The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai, an engrossing novel about the meaning of family, art, and the AIDS crisis that spans decades and continents.
Kari recommends The Boy, the Bird, and the Coffin Maker by Matilda Woods, a fantastical novel about magic and unexpected friendship geared towards 8-12 year olds, perfect for fans of The Girl who Drank the Moon and The Penderwicks.
Amy recommends Crunch, The Shy Dinosaur by Cirocco Dunlap, your new favorite book to read aloud to the kids in your life. Crunch wants to be your friend, but he’s a little nervous to meet you!
What You Missed Wednesday
Poetry: Celebrated multi-hyphenate Anne Waldman has written over 40 books of poetry, and at 73 years old, Trickster Feminism is her latest. Its musings on gender, intersectionality, patriarchy, beauty, tarot, and politics “[arrive] in the nick of time as a lightening strike of wisdom that illuminates this moment in history,” writes Terry Tempest Williams. Waldman brings decades of experiences and activism to her art, and its power is unmistakable. (PRH, $20)
Mystery: If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Barack Obama and Joe Biden, of course! Hope Never Dies is a hilarious Sherlock and Watson-style bromantic thriller set in Delaware, where Biden, concerned about the suspicious death of a local train conductor, calls on his buddy Obama to help solve the case. Best of all, Curious Iguana is hosting author Andrew Shaffer at Area 31on Thursday, July 26 from 7-8 pm. Get more details here and here. (Quirk/PRH, $14.99)
Fiction: Celebrated, controversial Lebanese author Hanan Al-Shaykh has written The Occasional Virgin, which opens with two 30something women sunning on the Italian Riviera. Yvonne, raised Christian, and Huda, raised Muslim, are grappling with their families’ expectations and their own desires, both romantic and professional. Not only is The Occasional Virgin witty and thought-provoking, it makes a great addition to your Read Broader reading list. (Pantheon/PRH, $24.95)
Memoir: Touted as The West Wing meets The Devil Wears Prada, From the Corner of the Oval is Beck Dorey-Stein’s tell-all about her years working as a stenographer during the Obama administration. Read all about fierce friendships, intense career ambition, and soapy, forbidden romances as Stein learns to navigate the weird world of White House access. It’ll feel like a gossip session with a hilarious long-lost friend. (Spiegel & Grau/PRH, $28)
Literary Criticism: Last year, one of Curious Iguana’s most popular book club centered around Francine Prose’s book Reading Like a Writer. Now, Prose returns with What to Read and Why. In her new book, Prose discusses the solitary pleasure of reading and analyzes and appreciates even more of her favorite authors, including Mohsin Hamid, Jane Austen, Alice Munro, Charles Dickens, and Roberto Bolaño. Her joy is infectious; her appreciation is stimulating. (HarperCollins, $23.99)
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