As any voracious reader knows, there are so many books out there, it can be hard to choose just what to read next. So what could be better than a hand-picked recommendation from someone in the know? Or in this case, several someones in the know… because we’re mixing things up with a special What I’m Reading: Editors’ Edition post! Keep reading to see how editors like to use their free time to–what else?!–pick up a book!
Abby says: WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE? by Maria Semple
I’m always years behind everyone else on actual books-with-covers, since so much of my reading time is for work, but one of the BWC I read recently blew me away: WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE? by Maria Semple. This kind-of-epistolary novel with a quirky comic slant made me envious of the editor who acquired it! Bernadette is a genius architect who vanishes one day, leaving her husband and daughter to uncover the truth of what happened. Reads like early David Foster Wallace, with more heart.
Elana says: THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU by Jonathan Tropper
This quirky, unconventional story about a dysfunctional family who comes together after their husband/father’s death alternately made me laugh and (almost) cry (I’m not a book-crier, but if I was, boy those tears would have been a’shedding hard!). Each character is so deeply and wonderfully flawed that you can’t help but sympathize in some way with every single one of them–even main protagonist Judd’s estranged wife, who he caught cheating on him when he surprised her with a birthday cake. Hilarious, empathetic, and undeniably compelling, this is one not to be missed! And, bonus fact: this book is being made into a feature film starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Jane Fonda, out in September 2014!
Marla says: IS EVERYONE HANGING OUT WITHOUT ME? (And Other Concerns) By Mindy Kaling
Need a good laugh? GET THIS BOOK! It’s full of embarrassingly awkward childhood stories, crazy snafus of trying to make it in the world post-college, and so much wisdom on why rom-coms aren’t real life. (Don’t look shocked, we all know it’s true.) Mindy Kaling will leave you laughing out loud and wondering where you can go to apply to be her new bestie.
Diana says: LAMB: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO BIFF, CHRIST’S CHILDHOOD PAL By Christopher Moore
One of my all time favorite books, LAMB is a hilarious take on Jesus’ younger years. At its heart the story is about friendship and the lengths and places people will go for one another. They may or may not also meet an Angel with a gambling problem along the way.
Micki says: THE AMERICAN HEIRESS by Daisy Goodwin
I loved the richness of this story about an American “princess” of the Gilded Age who goes to London in search of a title, and falls in love with a duke who needs her millions to restore his family’s estates. The complexity of the characters, of their marriage, and of the social mores of the British aristocracy are vividly brought to life, and it’s a great fix for Downton Abbey fans waiting for the next season!
Trey says: LORD OF LIGHT by Roger Zelazny
A combination of extraordinary imagination, socio-political history, and poetic prose. This is one of those rare sci-fi novels that does all the conceptual heavy-lifting in a way that’s elegant and seamless; one of the few novels that made me question how I think about things.
Kate says: THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion
I meant to read it ages ago and just got around to it, but it did not disappoint! I’ve been moved to laughter and tears, and it’s the perfect book to read on a summer afternoon!
This is Where I Leave YouJonathan Tropper
When the depressed Judd returns to his zany family home to sit shiva in accordance with his father's dying wish, he'll come away with plenty more than he bargained for...
Rosie ProjectGraeme Simsion
The art of love is never a science, proven once again in this a delightful reminder that, at the end of the day, we all just want to fit in!
Where’d You Go, BernadetteMaria Semple
What happens when a mother-turned-famous-architect leaves everything she knows behind--seemingly without a backward glance?
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)Mindy Kaling
Take a tour of Mindy's life from timid chubster to kicking a** in Hollywood. Stuffed with great insight into friendships, relationships and how to survive life, Mindy will leave you laughing the whole way through.
The American Heiress: A NovelDaisy Goodwin
Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. But nothing is quite as it seems...
Lord of LightRoger Zelazny
On a colony planet, a few men have gained control of technology and now rule their world as the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Only one dares oppose them: he who was once Siddhartha, Binder of Demons, Lord of Light. [Note: our buy links go to print copies--this book isn't currently available in e.]
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood PalChristopher Moore
Because behind every great religious figurehead, there is a Biff.