Lit Hits: What We're Reading in April
Here at Grub HQ, we're always talking about the books that keep us up at night, the novels we can't put down, the memoirs that call to us over our morning coffees. Every month, we'll share our staff's latest literary obsessions to add to your own never-ending reading list.
Eve, Grub's Executive Director, just finished an advanced reader's copy of Alex Marzano-Lesnevich's totally brilliant book Fact of a Body. She has now started reading Amy Jo Burn's Cinderland and is loving it.
Development Manager Alyssa is reading Citizen by Claudia Rankine.
Lauren, Grub's Office Manager, is consistently having her head blown off by Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts. She didn't know quite what she was getting into, but she's half-way through and she can't stop reading.
Eson, Grub's Youth Programs Manager, is reading the latest issue of Poets & Writers Magazine to catch up on what's going on around the great literary world!
Head of Faculty and Curriculum Dariel is reading Pola Oloixarac's Savage Theories and Carlos Fuentes's masterpiece The Death of Artemio Cruz.
Alison, Grub's Director of Programs & Marketing, is immersing herself in Israeli lit at the moment—she just finished David Grossman's absurd and heartbreaking Horse Walks Into a Bar, and is now revisiting Shani Boianjiu's fierce, funny, and gutting The People of Forever Are Not Afraid. It's making her homesick, but in a good way.
Marketing & Community Engagement Manager Sarah blazed through Alex Marzano-Lesnevich's un-put-down-able book The Fact of a Body. It's part true crime, part soul-wrenching memoir, and ALL staggeringly beautifully written. She's also nearly finished with Charles Baxter's The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot (2007), the first in a wonderful craft book series from Graywolf. It's forced her to think deeply about remaining attentive to our modern habits of inattentiveness.
Artistic Director Chris is reading Victor Lodato’s powerful novel Edgar & Lucy, despite its glowing blurb from Lena Dunham.
Director of the Boston Literary District Alysia blazed through Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale (harrowing! timely! un-put-down-able!) and is now reading To Kill a Mockingbird so she can talk about it with her 11 year old daughter.
Lauren, Grub's Programs Assistant, just finished Garrard Conley’s heart-breaking memoir, Boy Erased.
Program & Advocacy Manager Jonathan just finished Sarah Colwill-Brown's amazing manuscript The Delusionist.