Monthly Lit Hits: What We're Reading in July

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 neverending reading list.


Lauren, our Office Manager, is finishing up Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist, and is excited to start Emma Straub's The Vacationers.


Jonathan, our Program Coordinator, just finished Ian McEwan's The Comfort of Strangers and is now engrossed in Nathanael West's Miss Lonelyhearts. He also reads from Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson pretty much every month, always.


Larry, Literary Cultural District Coordinator, is finishing up H is for Hawk, which he says is heartbreaking and powerful, thanks to author Helen MacDonald's use of language.


Grant, Executive Assistant, is reading two books: he's just about to finish up Blood, Sparrows, and Sparrows, by the poet Eugenia Leigh, and is working through Difficult Loves by Italo Calvino.


Our Senior Program Manager, Alison, just finished Madonnas of Echo Park by Brando Skyhorse and is almost done re-reading New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. On her immediate docket is Open City by Teju Cole.


Chris, our Artistic Director, was just reading Hanya Yanigahara's astonishing A Little Life, and is now giving James Salter's Light Years another try.


Sarah, our Marketing & Community Engagement Manager, recently finished A Fort of Nine Towers by Qais Akbar Omar and is currently reading Mat Johnson's Loving Day.


Eve, our Executive Director, just started Patricia Park's Re Jane after finishing The Hired Man by this year's Muse keynote, Aminatta Forna, which she would enthusiastically recommend.


Youth Programs Manager, KL, has recently devoured Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons, A Boy Like Me by Jennie Wood, and Girl at War by Sara Novic.


Chip, our Head Instructor, is reading Lily King's Euphoria. He recently finished Book 2 of Karl Ove Knausgård's My Struggle, and next up may be Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson (for novel research purposes). 


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