Lit Hits: What We're Reading in August

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.


Marketing & Community Engagement Manager Sarah finally fought her way out of a reading slump with We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge, which has been on her must-read list since Kaitlyn's kick ass performance at #Muse16's Grub Gone...Drag.

Sonya, Muse Conference Assistant Director, just read playwright Annie Baker's The Aliens, and it blew her face off.

In this edition of Books She Should Have Read Two Years Ago, Director of Programs and Marketing Alison just finished the gut punch that is Claudia Rankine’s Citizen, and is currently tearing her way through Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist.

Denise, Neighborhood Program Fellow, is reading Adios, Happy Homeland by Ana Menéndez.

Artistic Director Chris is reading Swing Time by Zadie Smith, who he'll be interviewing at a conference next month!

Office Manager Lauren is currently simultaneously reading the essay collection Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit which is smart and badass, still making her way through On Writing by Stephen King, and just started Laura van den Berg's Find Me, which she can tell is going to rock her world.

Jonathan, our Programs and Advocacy Manager, is reading Kurt Vonnegut's  collection Look at the Birdie. He's loving it. Many of the works are great examples of stories that get away with "happy" endings.

Alysia, Director of the Boston Literary District, has been reading The Lonely City by Olivia Laing and really loving it. Now she wants to read her book, The Trip to Echo Spring.

Programs and Marketing Assistant Lauren is battling her way through George R. R. Martin's A Storm of Swords, and also reading American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard when she needs to come back to Earth. 

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