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? Every Wednesday the XOXOAD team likes to find out what some of its favorite authors are reading. To that end, we’ve asked Tracy McMillan, author of Multiple Listings, to tell us what she’s been burying her nose in these days!
What am I reading?
Well, for starters, the Internet. I am a mad devourer of journalism – I worked in television news as a writer and producer for 16 years – so for at least some part of each day I am deep in the New York Times, or the New Yorker, or The Atlantic Monthly, to name a few. I am the queen of the open tabs on Chrome. At any given time I’ve got a dozen or more going – I decide what to read based on my mood and how much time I have.
But I read books, too. I just finished Purity by Jonathan Franzen. I love him for his psychological insights and the way he understands and deconstructs the (dysfunctional) family. He’s also seriously funny. I enjoyed Purity for its interlocking stories – there was one especially clever moment that was exhilarating enough to propel me to the end of the book – but for me it didn’t surpass The Corrections, which I loved-loved.
On my night table right now is the Marlon James book A Brief History of Seven Killings. I picked it up because my son, who is a college freshman, will be reading it at a writer’s workshop he’s attending this summer. I’d heard a lot about the book and figured I might as well have something to say on the off chance he decides to venture into a conversation with me about it – or anything else, for that matter!
I also just finished reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I’m a television writer by day and I’m adapting the book as a movie for Lifetime – set in contemporary Atlanta. Sadly, I had never read it before! As a person who writes a lot about relationships, it was fascinating to realize that, aside from the end primogeniture, not all that much has changed when it comes to men, women and marriage.
MULTIPLE LISTINGS is available now in hardcover and eBook from Gallery Books!