Monthly Lit Hits: What We're Reading in October

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.


GrubStreet's Program Coordinator Jonathan just finished reading The Point of Vanishing by Howard Axelrod.


KL, our Youth Programs Manager, recently finished an incredible vampire novel by Lauren Owen called The Quick. Now she's devouring Night Film by Marisha Pessel and The Point of Vanishing by Howard Axelrod. 


Eve, Grub's founder and Executive Director, is reading Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life


Literary Cultural District Coordinator Larry is about halfway through Ta-Nehisi Coates's first book, The Beautiful Struggle. Next, he'll be onto Howard Axelrod's The Point of Vanishing.


Head instructor Chip is reading Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in a Castle as an antidote to what he calls the "grindingly unpleasant experience" of reading A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. 


Out of solidarity with Chip and with profoundly mixed emotions, Alison, Grub's Director of Programs and Marketing, has tentatively scootched herself onto the bandwagon and is about to start Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life.

Executive Assistant Grant is slowly and carefully reading Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping in order to take in all of the novel's beauty. 


Sonya, Assistant Director of the Muse and Marketplace Conference, is toggling between two books right now. First, a nonfiction book called Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn Schulz. For fiction, she's reading Jean Toomer's trippy and deeply-felt novel, Cane


Grub's Office Manager, Lauren, is also about to delve into Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson thanks to recommendations from just about every writer friend she knows, but espeically Chip and Alison. 


Director of Finance and Administration Ian most recently read Power, Speed, and Endurance by Brian MacKenzie, which he says has some valuable insight for endurance athletes, particularly on the importance of nutrition and recovery.  


Sarah, our Marketing and Community Engagement Manager, is reading the 2015 Man Booker Prize Winner, A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James. Though only a few chapters in, she's got a feeling it'll be the best thing she reads all year.


Artistic Director Chris recently read and mostly enjoyed Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher, a satirical and often laugh-out-loud funny take on academia. Now he's reading Hanya Yanagihara's very odd but impressive first novel, The People in the Trees, and Patricia Highsmith's The Price of Salt in anxious anticipation of the film adaptation.

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