Monthly 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 neverending reading list.
Jonathan, Grub’s Program Coordinator, just began Walter Mosley's Devil in a Blue Dress, after having finished Loving Day by Mat Johnson.
KL, our Youth Programs Manager, just finished All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and jumped in to One Hundred Years of Solitude (she rereads her favorite parts every summer). She's also rereading The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. She just finished Red Spikes by Margo Lanagan as well, and admits that her guilty pleasure read is Graceling by Kristen Cashore, which is a novel her teens love.
Eve, Grub’s Founder and Executive Director, is reading Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.
Literary Cultrual District Coordinator Larry is reading Annie Weatherwax's All We Had, to be followed by Ta-Nehisi Coates' The Beautiful Struggle and then his new book, Between the World and Me.
Alison, our (newly minted) Director of Programs and Marketing, is re-reading Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, because she loved it so much that she started reading it again immediately after finishing it the first time.
Grant, Grub’s Executive Assistant, is obsessing over the selected short stories of Tove Jansson, the creator of the Moomin stories for kids. Her stories for adults, Grant says, have a wonderful sense of whimsy and magic, and contain deep insights into the creative process, life purpose, and the realities (and pain) of becoming a 3D adult.
Sonya, Assistant Director of the Muse and the Marketplace conference, is currently reading James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son (thanks to Grant, she adds).
Head Instructor Chip is on a science kick this month: he's currently reading Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction, which is incredible so far, and plans to follow that up with Moby-Duck by Donovan Hohn, about a cargo container full of plastic floatee toys that burst open in the North Pacific, and the oceanographers, beachcombers, and adventurers that have followed the toys' route all over the Pacific, across the Arctic, all the way to Newfoundland and Maine.
Lauren, our Office Manager, is currently reading One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Sarah, our Marketing and Community Engagement Manager, is flitting between three recommendations from co-workers: Americanah (thanks, Alison), H is for Hawk by Helen McDonald (thanks, Larry) and One Hundred Years of Solitude (thanks, Jonathan)!
Artistic Director Chris spent last week reading Stephen McCauley's delightfully witty and wise novel The Easy Way Out, which was recently made into the French film, L'Art de la Fugue.