I’ve been happily reading a ridiculous number of books simultaneously, some of which include: Mary Robison’s Why Did I Ever, Eileen Myles’s Afterglow, Anne Boyer’s Garments Against Women, Eve Babitz’s Black Swans, and Andrew Durbin’s MacArthur Park.
I am reading Sharp by Michelle Dean. I had high hopes for the book, and Dean nails it. Her prose is never dry but rather full of enthusiasm for the lives and trajectories of ten female intellectuals of the twentieth century. I almost missed my subway twice because I was so enthralled!
—Morgan Jerkins, Associate Editor, Web
While stuck in O’Hare and a stuffy airport hotel during the bomb cyclone, I finally sat down and read Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. I wish I had picked it up sooner: As always, Saunders’s sentences are full of delicious little pops and his characters inspire tenderness, pity, horror, and love.
Additionally, I’ve been reading Patricia Smith’s Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah for my daily dose of poems.
—Stella Cabot Wilson, Publishing & Classes Intern
I just picked up Blythe Baird’s Give Me a God I Can Relate To. When she read the poem “When The Fat Girl Gets Skinny” I bit my hand to keep from ugly sobbing because I am prone to ugly sobbing, but also:
I used to love the feeling of drinking water on an empty stomach, waiting for the coolness to slip all the way down and land in the well. Not obsessed with being empty but afraid of being full.
How could anyone not?
—Mallory Soto, Editorial Fellow, Web
On Christmas morning, I was thrilled to unwrap the book We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union (I also received another book that I cannot wait to devour). Union’s debut book had been on my mental “highly anticipated reads” list. The essay collection is a deeply candid reflection of various events that have helped mold the actress into who she was and is today. Union divulges on everything from pregnancy troubles, self-hating, step-parenting, to networking and mentorship (this topic relates to the time Union was rude to a rising actress from the Star television series), and plenty more. I respect Union’s honesty and it was very interesting to learn about her journey.