Lit Hits: What We're Reading in November

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.


Artistic Director Chris is happily reading Peter Turchi's A Muse and A Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery and Magic in anticipation of a conversation he will be having with Turcho in the Brooklyn Rail in a few months.


Our Program Coordinator Jonathan is reading Jennie Wood's flutter.


KL, our Youth Programs Manager, is DEVOURING The Witches by Stacy Schiff. As a Salem resident, and Grub's resident creeper, she's long been obsessed with the witch trial shenaniganery. It's dense and intense and totally worth carting about on the T! 


Literary Cultural District Coordinator Larry is on the home stretch with Howard Axelrod's The Point of Vanishing, which he praises for its beautiful, lush writing. Next he'll be on to one of Patti Smith's books -- probably Just Kids.


Sarah, our Marketing and Community Engagement Manager, is still working on A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James, but is pining for her copy of A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride, lent out months ago, never to be seen again. A slim, unassuming slip of a novel, it's one of the most challenging, beautiful, resistant to comprehension and yet completely immersive books she's ever read.


Head instructor Chip has 35 pages left to go in A Little Life. He's so close -- SO CLOSE. Then he'll be reading a couple of friends' books that he's very excited about but can't share just yet.


Alison, Grub's Director of Programs and Marketing, is currently looking for a good palate cleanser to read after finishing A Little Life. In the meantime, she's getting a head start on her annual Christmas annotation for her dad, which this year will be Etgar Keret's Seven Good Years.

Executive Assistant Grant is really excited about some wonderful interviews and articles about parenting, particularly this one with Rasheedah Phillips, on Fvck the Media. Phillips had her child when she was 14, eventually put herself through law school as a single mom, and now heads up the Afrofuturist Affair. Definitely worth a read for some interesting perspectives into "non-traditional" parenting.


Sonya, Assistant Director of the Muse and Marketplace Conference, is finally getting to Tenth of December, by George Saunders. She finds it riveting, of course. "Home" is one of the greatest short stories she's ever read--funny and surprising and politically important and emotionally devastating. All of her favorite things.


Grub's Office Manager, Lauren, is finally reading The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna, which has been sitting on her bookshelf since the Muse, dying to be read! 


What are you reading? Share your current literary love with us @GrubWriters using #GrubbieLitHits.

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